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Alex Neil Rues Missed Opportunities

8 August 2017

PNE manager Alex Neil was left thinking what might have been after North End were beaten 3-2 against Accrington Stanley this evening.

Goals from Ben Richards-Everton, Jordan Clark and Billy Kee in the 93rd minute cancelled out Jordan Hugill's brace, and Neil pointed to the abundance of missed opportunities that North End had throughout the game.

It was a much changed side from the one that beaten Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, yet Neil believed the side he put out was still more than comfortable of finding a route into the next round.

"It's always difficult as we have made nine changes to the team," said Neil. "Because we have lost everybody is going to say we were rubbish because it's against lower league opposition but I didn't think we were rubbish, especially in the second half.

"First half we should have done better but we still had numerous opportunities where we could have scored but we didn't.

"Jordan's scored two goals, Callum's had five or six good opportunities - I thought our final ball in into the final third was poor and I think the frustrating thing certainly for the second goal, it was definitely a free kick."

The decision Neil alluded to in his post match comments was the foul on Andy Boyle in the lead up to the goal - a foul which Neil believed the official did not spot.

He continued: "Andy Boyle's let the ball bounce which he shouldn't have done but there's a push in the back and they've managed to score the goal from that.

"We then get ourselves back into the game but we got undone by a set play which is really frustrating as that's something we've been working really hard on. If we took anywhere near the amount of opportunities we had we would have won the game.

"We had more of the ball, we had more shots on goal and more final entries into the final third but ultimately what matters is the final score and we've lost the match.

"The bottom line is, is that we wanted to get into the next round. I'm frustrated over some performances because we did not play as well as we can but I think if we took our opportunities we would have won the game."

For Neil's honest assessment of the game in full, watch the video above now.


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