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Neil Targets First Away Win

14 September 2017

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After picking up ten points from a possible 12 at home so far this season, Alex Neil is now targeting his first win on the road as North End boss.

The Lilywhites have picked up points at Elland Road and the Riverside this season, with the only defeat coming against Derby County, a penalty the difference in that game.

The gaffer now wants to make sure his side are picking up the points the performances deserve, starting with a trip to St Andrew's to face Birmingham City on Saturday.

On the away form, the manager said: "I think for this team and for us to really kick on this year we need to go away to difficult grounds and win three points.

"I think this season two of our best performances have been on the road which was Leeds and Middlesbrough. I thought we were great in both games but ultimately we didn't win either and I thought we should have.

"So I think the next step for us to be a real force to be reckoned with is to go away to difficult venues and manage to win."

Neil has every confidence that his side has the capabilities to go to the top sides in the division and win games.

"I don't think there's any question that we can do it, I think performances have suggested that but I think the longer it goes on without that game then questions start to rise." He continued.

"I'm more than confident that we will go to Birmingham and put in a good performance and if we do that, we give ourselves a good chance of winning.

"Anybody who has watched us away from home will know we approch the game in the exact same manner, if anything we have probably been more aggressive at Leeds and at Middlesbrough.

"We don't go to any ground and be scared of the opposition, we want to go there and take the game to them and try and win so that's exactly how we will go about it."

Watch the extended interview with the manager on iFollowPNE now by clicking on the video above.

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