Preston North End’s Paul Gallagher has told the club website that they ran out of steam in today’s 3-0 defeat against Brentford.

The Lilywhites have had a positive season this year though some may believe that they should have got closer to the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. They faced off with a team today that may have believed the same thing with Brentford also set to finish in mid-table. They however did have to get a new manager when Dean Smith left for Aston Villa.

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Preston’s trip to Brentford soon turned into a nightmare though as they were well beaten by the Bees. Ezri Konsa opened the scoring during first half added time and things got worse for them in the second half. Neal Maupay was able to get on the score sheet and the big defeat was confirmed with a strike from Marcus Forss.

After the match, Gallagher said: “You obviously want to go into the summer with a victory with people walking away feeling optimistic about next season,”

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“They can still do that, because you look at it as a whole, we were in a much worse position in October and put two incredible runs together.”

“I think we might have just ran out of steam in the end; it’s been a long hard season for everyone and we’ll go away, recharge our batteries and get ready for the new one.”

“I think it felt flat, we did want to finish on a positive note but you look at it as a whole and there’s a lot of players missing. You don’t want to make excuses, but these players make a big deal in our team and when you’re without them it shows sometimes.”

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