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Neil Pleased With Team's Progress

22 July 2017

Manager Alex Neil was delighted with the way his team performed against Newcastle United in the 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

The gaffer has brought a new style of play to the club and he was pleased with the way his side are adapting their game.

Speaking to iFollow after his first home game in charge, the PNE boss said: "I thought it was a good game, I didn't there was a lot in the game, I was really pleased with our lads to adopt a different style.

"I think at the start of the match in the first 15 minutes we looked a bit tentative and a bit scared because we were playing Newcastle but then I thought we grew in confidence as the first half wore on and I thought our best spell was leading up to half-time really.

"At the start of the second half, I thought that confidence was displayed then as well. Obviously when you make changes, the game changes a little bit but all in all, I thought our boys did great."

On the opposition this afternoon, the manager continued: "It's about being brave enough to play against good players, no disrespect to the teams we've played but we are playing against international players that have got real quality but I thought we more than held our own.

"I didn't think there was anything in the game, I thought we created some really good chances and we were unfortunate we didn't score some more."

Another positive from the afternoon was the appearance of summer signing Josh Harrop who pulled on the PNE shirt for the first time as a second half substitute and the gaffer was pleased with the performance of both him and the rest of his squad.

"He looks like a technical player, he's got good legs and I think he will certainly be a creative player for us going forward.

"We just need to do a bit of work with him defensively in terms of shuffling across the pitch with the rest of the team but I was pleased with all of the lads.

"I thought they more than held their own and they should be pleased with how they played."

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


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