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Performance Worthy Of Three Points Says Neil

25 November 2017

North End followed up victory on Tuesday night at Bristol City with a deserved point at Carrow Road, but manager Alex Neil felt his side could have taken all three against former club Norwich City

The Lilywhites dominated the attacking statistics from the game, and the gaffer admitted there was a some frustration in the dressing room while also praising his players after a good performance.

Speaking to iFollow PNE after the final whistle, the PNE boss said: "The boys are very disappointed after the game, I felt that over the 90 minutes we were the better side.

"I felt that we created the better chances, we had some really good openings at times and I don't think we took full advantage of that.

"What we've done is we've come and frustrated Norwich, they didn't really have many chances. There was the one where Josh Murphy comes though and gets past Maxi and we block it and then obviously the goal.

"Other than that, I thought we did great. I thought our boys played really well, they came to a difficult venue and put a good performance in.

"We are frustrated and a bit disappointed because I felt that if anything we deserved the three points."

Despite creating plenty of chances in the game, North End's only goal came through Tom Barkhuizen on 70 minutes, and Neil feels that the only thing his side are missing is a little extra bite at the top end of the pitch.

"We deservedly took the goal, and even after that I thought we could have got another and the likes of Gally tired as the game wore on but I thought he was absolutely quality today. I thought some of his passing was great. Tom Barkhuizen has one where he is one on one with the 'keeper, he's right through with ten minutes to go and that touch just means it runs away from him.

"That's the bit that we need to add, that's the difference between the likes of us and Norwich is where we need to add that little bit that can just win us games. If we can add that incisiveness the note rest of it, as you can see today and certainly at Bristol, is there."

The manager also credited the supporters who made the trip and hopes this week's results have given them something to be proud of.

"It's incredible how far they are prepared to travel to see us and support us. I said after Ipswich that it was a real sore one for me for how bad I felt for the fans who came down and supported us.

"I'm pleased the last two difficult away trips where they've had to travel quite a distance, we've managed to put performances in that hopefully they can be proud of their team."


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