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Alex Neil On 'Most Frustrating Game This Season'

21 October 2017

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First Team News

Alex Neil On 'Most Frustrating Game This Season'

21 October 2017

PNE boss Alex Neil left Molineux Stadium this evening a frustrated figure after North End's unbeaten run of nine games came to an end.

The Lilywhites were beaten 3-2 by table toppers Wolves this evening, having come back from 3-0 down, and the gaffer was disappointed with some of the key incidents in the game.

"I think there are certain instances in the game that are going to dictate the way the game is going to go," said Neil to iFollow post-match.

"I thought in the first half we played well and we had plenty of opportunities compared to them.

"The goal was disappointing from our point of view and I thought they get a bit of fortune where we make a tackle and the ball bounces into their path and they managed to get the first goal which was frustrating.

"We said at half-time that we wanted to come out and start well in the second half. The second goal in terms of the penalty - I've seen it back and it doesn't look like a penalty to me.

"Josh Harrop does get caught wrong sided - and to be honest, we should do better and we were in a good position to clear out but we don't do well enough with it and like I say, I didn't think it was a penalty and certainly listening to the lads, they felt aggrieved by it."

The gaffer continued: "The third goal - I think we make a rash decision by trying to kick the ball to settle the game down, however, looking at it back, the goalkeeper has clearly been impeded as he goes to try and clear it.

"We get caught with a counter attack from the kick that he's skewed purely because he's been impeded.

"Later in the game, Alan Browne has to go off knowing he's been sent off, the referee then sends him back on to give him a red card and then walks back off. Not only that, we've seen video footage that one of their players elbows Ben Pearson straight in the face so it's a frustrating day all round."

At one point, Neil's side found themselves 3-0 down with a brace from Leo Bonatini and a goal from Ivan Cavaleiro sending the hosts in front with a three goal margin.

However North End gritted their teeth and managed to reduce the deficit to one with a goal from Jordan Hugill and an own goal giving North End fighting hope heading into the remaining minutes of the game, and Neil was full of praise for his side's fightback.

Neil added: "The one thing that I won't ever take from my players is that they don't stop trying and don't stop until the end.

"We get two goals and then we huff and puff and try and search for that third but it's probably a frustrating a day I've had this season because of some of the decisions in the game. I think we can control some of them but equally the referee has got a duty to deal with others."

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

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