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Selection Headache Is Pleasing For Neil

11 January 2018

Alex Neil faces a selection dilemma for PNE’s trip to Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

The Lilywhites have lost once in 11 games and shipped five past Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday.

But the gaffer insists having a selection headache is a good thing for his side, who sit three points outside the Play-Off places.

“There will be games coming up that will be very tough for selection,” Neil told iFollow PNE.

“We have got a lot of lads in good form and we have a lot of tough games coming up, but you have got to look at how well we have played recently and go from there.”

This weekend’s opponents pose a tough test for Neil’s men, with Saturday's hosts losing just three games at The Den this season.

Neil recalls the goalless home draw in September against the Lions as unfortunate but said North End are in a much better position now.

“I thought if anyone deserved to win that game it was us. I think we have started to develop that side of our game, which has been better.

“We are coming off the back of scoring five goals at the weekend, which is a great return for us, so we will go down there with confidence and hopefully perform well.”

Over 1,300 tickets have been sold for the game, and the PNE boss believes his side can take all three points.

“The last time I went with Norwich we won 4-0 comfortably,” Neil said. “It’s an intimidating place but only when you allow it to be.

“We will go there, we will be brave, we will go and play, and we will make sure we can compete, too. It will be a good match for us.”

North End were drawn away in the FA Cup fourth round against Sheffield United on Monday night for the second time in three years.

PNE came from behind to win 3-1 to book their place in the fifth round in 2015, and Neil feels it's a difficult tie.

“We were hoping for something different, maybe a lower league team that gives you the best chance to go through or a Premier League team where we can test ourselves.

“But that was not meant to be and we have a tough tie away but it’s a game we will look forward to and hopefully we can get a positive result.”

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