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Goals Will Come Says Neil

7 September 2017

North End boss Alex Neil is confident his side will find their goalscoring form in the Championship.

PNE picked up an impressive eight points from a tough opening month of the season, and despite just two goals for Neil's side in the league so far, the gaffer no doubt his side will start finding the back of the net on a regular basis.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Barnsley, the manager said: "I think the majority of goals scored last season were either set plays, crosses into the box, and probably counter attacks were the main three sources of goals last year.

"Whereas, I think our goals this year are going to come from more sustained attacks where we need to have a bit more guile and a bit more quality on the edge of the box to pick that extra pass or the right pass.

"We've not been short of opportunities to hurt the opposition, I think the Reading game in particular in the first half I think there were five opportunties where we could have made a better pass, a better decision, a better run and that will take a little bit of time because it's new to the players.

"What we've got to understand is a lot of them are relatively young so it's not something they have done on a regular basis but I think once it clicks we will be fine."

The international break came at a good time for the squad who have had a well earned rest as well as putting in the work ahead of Saturday's game, but the manager knows his squad will be called upon during another hectic month of fixtures, with six games in September.

"If they are performing well you are really reluctant to change because the team is clicking and doing well, but we have mixed a few things up dependant on where we are playing and who we are playing and I think, certainly so far, it's worked for us.

"It will be a good game, I think after the run of games we've had another home game is certainly the perfect tonic after having a short break so hopefully we can go and replicate the sort of performances that we have been putting in."

With the transfer window closing last week, the manager now knows his squad until at least January, and Neil is pleased with the players at his disposal.

"I said when I came here that I wasn't coming here to rip things up and start over. I think we had a sound basis of a squad, and I think that the lads have responded really well to the things that we've tried to get them to do.

"There has been absolutely no need for me to go and do too much in the window. I'm not saying we didn't try to add one or two because we did try and do a bit of business but for one reason or another, sometimes it doesn't work and it didn't work on this occassion.

"The one thing is though I'm comfortable with what we've got and I think the lads have now got a great opportunity for themselves to go and show everybody and show me between now and January that it was the right decision to keep them all together and that we can go and kick on."

Hear more from the manager on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.


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