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Alex Wants Momentum To Build After Derby Stalemate

1 February 2019

Manager Alex Neil is enjoying what he’s seeing from his side in recent weeks, and is looking for his team to maintain their current run of form after tonight’s 0-0 draw.

North End made it four unbeaten after both sides drew a blank at Deepdale tonight, and the manager admitted that the only missing ingredient from a ‘magnificent’ performance was a goal. 

“It was a great performance” declared Alex to the club’s media channel.

“The lads did brilliantly but the only disappointing thing is we didn’t get the win. They definitely deserved it for their efforts; It was just a case of we trying to find that winning goal but unfortunately we couldn’t quite get it.”

“All we can do is set up and get the lads to perform as well as we can - I don’t think we could have done much more; sometimes it’s that little bit of fortune and that little bit of quality. 

“There were times when we didn’t hit the ball cleanly enough when in on goal, but I’ve got absolutely no complaints in terms of how we performed.”

Having been able to enjoy the luxury of a near full fit team to choose from, the manager stuck with the same side that beat Stoke City and QPR on their travels in recent weeks, and the manager admitted the strength in numbers is benefiting his side. 

“We’ve got a bit more experience in the team now which helps” added Alex. “But I love working with these lads and when they show what they’re capable of like they did tonight then they’re a joy to watch and we’re really pleased. 

“We’ve taken a team that’s in the top six, especially in the second half where we were completely dominant and that showed the potential we have got. 

 

“This first half of the season has been frustrating for everybody at the football club with injuries and suspensions, but now we’re getting them back - this is how good we can play.

“The last three games we’ve been magnificent but we need to keep that up and keep that momentum going.

"I’m not writing this season off - these next five to six games coming up, if we continue this form anything can happen. 

“I’m enjoying it at the moment - the only disappointing thing is, is that that’s the first time we’ve not scored at home this season which is unlike us, but it wasn’t through lack of opportunities or effort. We’ll take this on the chin and move on to the next one. We’re certainly moving in the right direction.”

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