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“We Should Have Won” Says Alex Neil

1 January 2019

Manager Alex Neil was left in no mind as to whether North End deserved more than they received this afternoon, after coming away from South Yorkshire with nothing.

The manager noted the amount of chances North End had, and felt the game could have been out of sight even before half-time.

“I think if it was 4-0 at half-time nobody would have batted an eye lid” said Alex in his post-match interview to the club’s media channel.

“They’re the hardest games to take. In the first half we created more chances in a half than we have all season in a half. We had six clear cut chances. They’ve won 2-1, their goalkeeper has won man of the match and I think we’ve had 17 shot on goal so I think that tells you the story of the game.”

The manager believed the missed opportunities was a fault in which the team as a unit need to improve heading in to Sunday’s FA Cup tie at home to Doncaster.

"As a team we’ll look at it and say we could have done more" said the Scotsman.

"We created the opportunities by good movement and good play, the fact is Tom Barkhuizen has to be confident enough to make those decisions. He’s made a couple of bad ones today but that will happen. If he made the right decision every time he made those runs he’d be in the Premier League so I’m not going to be too critical.

"Tom is frustrated and we’re frustrated because he knows and understands, but it wasn’t just Tom, there were others who had good opportunities today." 

One opportunity which was taken was on 79 minutes when Lukas Nmecha reduced the deficit with a well taken finish inside the box, and Alex praised the forward’s efforts today after making it two goals in two games.  

"He was a handful today, his pace caused them problems. He’s still a young lad and his game will evolve and he will be better but I thought his movement was great today and it was good that he’s got another goal. 

"These games have been a big ask for the lads. The most disappointing thing I’ve got is the fact that their performances in the last two games should have yielded six points.

"We played more than well enough to win the two games and that’s not happened and I’m disappointed for them because for all of their efforts they deserved more but goals change games and you’ve got to take them opportunities when they come."

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