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Winning Is What Matters For Neil

14 December 2017

North End have lost just five of their 21 league games so far this season, but with eight draws, manager Alex Neil is focused on turning draws into wins.

The gaffer reiterated the importance of going all out for victory, and is pleased to see his side find different ways to win games in recent weeks.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of Sheffield United, Neil said: "We always set out to try and win the games, we certainly don't try for a draw, I don't think there's any game where we have settled for a draw this season.

"Unfortunately for us, there have been times where we haven't broken teams down or we've found it a little bit frustrating in terms of finding a little bit of quality to win the game which means we've drawn too many.

"What we've done recently is we've found a way, like against QPR, to get that goal that really matters. There's certainly games earlier in the season like Millwall and Barnsley where I felt we should have won, and if you start turning that one point in to three, you find yourself much further up the league.

"We're in a good frame of mind at the moment, we are in good form, and hopefully we can go and put a good performance on.

"Some of the most entertaining games of late have probably been away from home, so we would like to bring that back to Deepdale and give the fans something to sing about. We are hoping it's going to be an entertaining match but more importantly we want to try and win the game because that's what fans want to see, they want to see their team win."

The PNE boss has been impressed by what he has seen from this weekend's opposition so far this season, and on the Blades, he continued: "I think they have continued that into next year, I think they've been very competitive. I've seen them live quite a few times this season and also watched quite a few of their games this week.

"They've been in good form, they are very competitive, they have a unique style in terms of how they play and I would imagine they will be very pleased with what they've done so far.

"Having watched the last three or four games, I think they can feel really hard done by that they haven't picked up more points.

"Paul Coutts being missing is a big problem for them, John Fleck being suspended is another issue for them so when you lose some of your better players it becomes more difficult and this will be a testing time for them. They've come off the back of a fantastic run and now they're having a sticky spell but they will be trying their hardest to put that right."

Watch the full interview with the gaffer on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.


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