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Neil: "We Didn't Deserve Anything From The Game"

20 January 2018

Manager Alex Neil gave an honest assessment after the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Deepdale.

The Lilywhites were held by Steve Cotterill's men after Ben Davies had opened the scoring on 17 minutes, and the PNE boss was left frustrated by his side's performance.

Speaking to iFollow PNE post-match, the gaffer said: "I think based on how we played, I think individually and collectively, that is the poorest we have played since I've been here so that's really frustrating.

"However, we got a goal and we were winning 1-0, I don't think Birmingham created too many chances within the game and we managed to gift them the goal that gave them the point.

"If I'm basing it on performance and on who played best, we didn't deserve anything from the game today, it was really poor."

"I thought the fundamentals of the game that we talk about regularly, it's about winning your headers, winning your tackles, picking up second balls, being agressive and making sure the man you're playing against doesn't get the better of you." He continued.

"To be honest there's very few players in our team today that can come away today saying they got the better of their man and played well because I thought we took second prizes most of the game."

With high hopes for the rest of the season, the gaffer insisted his side must perform better than they did on Saturday afternoon to realise their ambitions.

"We have got certain standards and if we've got any ambitions of trying to get up the league then that type of performance is not going to get us there.

"The players will be frustrated, they will be hurting as well tonight, so what we've got to do is get back on it and make sure that the next one is a better performance."

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


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