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Neil Confident Ahead Of Craven Cottage Clash

12 October 2017

PNE boss Alex Neil is confident his side can get a result away to a strong Fulham side this weekend.

North End travel to Craven Cottage to take on the London outfit and after finishing in the Play-Offs last season, Neil won't be underestimating the hosts but feels his side are capable of getting the three points if they perform as well as they have done this season.

Speaking about Saturday's opposition, the gaffer said: "They are a very good side, but equally I think they are a very good side if let them become a good side so we've got to make sure that we don't do that basically.

"We need to go about our work the way that we want to play and try and force our style on them rather than allowing them to dictate the game.

"They are a good side, and I think on their day they are one of the teams that can really hurt you if you don't perform well enough."

The manager believes his team can go to the capital and bring three points back to Preston and knows his side can match the hosts on their day.

"We are not going there to try and contain Fulham, we are going there to try and beat Fulham. Equally, each department of the game means you're going to have to defend and you're going to have to be able to attack.

"The way we've worked so far this season is that our main style of defence is offence, where we go and try and win the match. That's worked for us, it's not always going to work but if we perform as well as we can, and show as much energy and endeavour as we have done then there's no reason why it can't continue."

The international break has given the players a chance to recover after an intense month of fixtures in September, and with no mid-week games this month, the gaffer is pleased he has clear weeks to prepare his players for matchday.

"I think the preparation is probably the biggest thing that suffers, in terms of the recovery, certainly for our lads we've got a young squad and they can churn the games out, although the intensity we play at does take its toll.

"The preparation becomes a bit tough because after a game on a Saturday, on the Sunday they are a bit mentally tired and filling their heads full of information isn't the best thing to do.

"So certainly on a Monday we are cramming a lot of work into one day whereas when you've got the full week you can spread it out and a lot of the time you can drip feed it in. It's great for us to go Saturday to Saturday, with all the effort and endeavour that we into the 90 minutes, I think it's important we get the rest afterwards so we can regroup."

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