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Manager Looks Ahead To Leeds Clash

11 August 2017

Manager Alex Neil is looking for his side to impose their style on Leeds United this weekend.

Both sides are under new management since the last meeting of the two sides in April, but the PNE boss feels his side will be well prepared to take on Thomas Christiansen's side at Elland Road.

Speaking to iFollow ahead of the game, Neil said: "I think it's going to be subject to change in terms of the way we play. I saw them against Bolton and we've watched a lot of their pre-season stuff so we will have a good idea of what they will do, how they will try and do it.

"Having looked at them I don't think there is a huge deal of change in terms of their style but to be honest it's ultimately going to be about how well we can perform on the day.

On the threat posed by the Leeds attack, the gaffer continued: "Going forward is their biggest strength for me, they've got Hernandez who plays just in behind Chris Wood, technically he's very good. They've got Roofe who plays off the right hand side who very direct and obviously Chris Wood is top proven goalscorer

"We are going to have to make sure we keep them quiet and then hopefully try and impose our style on them and let's hope that our attacking players can go and have an impact on the game."

North End kicked off the season with three points on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday, and after nine changes in the midweek cup game against Accrington Stanley, some of those involved against Wednesday will be likely to make a return.

On those who featured on Tuesday night, the manager said: "To be fair to the lads they worked their socks off, nobody ever goes into a game and doesn't want to play well, they tried as hard as they could last night.

"We had good opportunities, we had 25 shots at goal which we didn't take advantage of and the lads will now try and work their way into the plans for Saturday.

"Ultimately all I can do as a manager is give them an opportunity to play and then it's really down to them to perform and stake their claim.

"There will be some decisions that are easier than others come the weekend, but I will have a clear idea on exactly how about we go about it and who will be involved."

Watch the full interview with Alex Neil on iFollow now by clicking on the video above.


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