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Alex Neil Says North End Were Worth Three Points

26 August 2017

Preston North End boss, Alex Neil believed his side were worthy of taking maximum points at the Riverside Stadium after the Lilywhites and promotion chasing Middlesbrough played out a 0-0 draw.

The final game before the International break saw Neil's charges head to the North East this afternoon, seeing them more than match their opponents in all departments, with many arguing the visitors were the better side for much of the game.

And although it's a clean sheet and another point on the board, Neil felt the Lilywhites should have headed back to Lancashire with all three points this afternoon, a credit to his side's performance today.

"I thought they were great and that they deserved to win the game," assessed Neil to iFollow after the game.

"I thought we were the better side and more than frustrated Middlesbrough. You could see their fans getting on their backs and I thought our boys worked their socks off.

"We had opportunities and chances to punish them and we had a few scrimages in the box but it just didn't quite drop for us and that's the only frustrating thing for us. The lads deserved to win considering how much they put into the game but we've come away with another point.

"I'm really pleased but I just felt that we've got to make sure when we get opportunities that we take them and when we take them, we'll have more points on the board but it's another point on the board and we can be pleased with what we've shown so far."

Neil's side head into the International break having only conceded one goal in four games against sides tipped to finish in the top six this season, and Neil took to the club's media channel to highlight the confidence in the camp that North End can continue with this fine run of form.

Neil continued: "The one thing that I've tried to get into the lads is to belief in themselves because I think, looking at what I've got - and I know this league really well - with what we've got we can go into any game and try and win, it's just getting that belief into the players and making them believe that they can do it and I think today was another display that they can."

The North End gaffer made just one change from last week's victory to Reading with Alan Browne replacing Josh Harrop as Josh Earl retained his place at left back alongside Ben Davies, and the boss was delighted once again with the displays of his youngsters.

"It's no surprise to me," stated Neil on seeing the pair put in another solid performance. "Josh has got potential to be a top, top player and Ben Davies has played first class for us since he came into the side.

"They've not surprised me, they've just surprised everybody else.

"We may not be as fashionable as Middlesbrough but too be honest I don't care. The fact is, is that we just go out and play our football against teams."

Watch the video above to watch the full interview with Alex Neil on iFollow now.


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