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Neil - Stockport Win Caps A Good Week

Neil - Stockport Win Caps A Good Week

Having watched from the stands in Preston's opening pre-season victory new boss Alex Neil was on the touchline at Edgeley Park for Saturday's victory at Stockport.

North End had to come from behind to record a 2-1 win over the non-league side.

Stockport went into a first half lead when Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was beaten by County's Jason Oswell.

However, Preston were level before a few minutes later when Callum Robinson finished from a Tom Barkhuizen cross. North End completed the comeback, to secure a victory, when the pair combined again, this time Barkhuizen finishing past Stockport keeper Ben Hinchliffe.

Stockport: Hinchliffe (Ormson 46), Cowan, Clark, Smalley, Hampson (Duxbury 46), Ball (Etches 79), Walker, Winter, (Miniham 46) Warburton (West 79), Oswell (Brazel 72), Stephenson (Thomas 66).

Preston (first half): Maxwell, Grimshaw, Huntington, Spurr, Earl, Pearson, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Robinson, Pringle, May.
Preston (second half): Maxwell, Vermijl, Boyle, Davies, Cunningham, Gallagher, Browne, Meulensteen, Doyle, Horgan, Hugill.

Referee: Joe Hull (Cheshire)
Attendance: 1,470 (406 PNE)

Neil told the Official Website the Stockport victory, after a week's training in Ireland, capped off a good spell as his players look to implement the ideas worked on.

'It's been a great week, the lads have worked extremely hard and it's nice to finish it off with a game, especially that we won the game. To be honest the performance and the lads trying to implement all the things we've worked on this week are probably the most important things. I think the lads are going to be heavy legged, and not only that it's about tired minds as much as anything else but I thought they attacked it, they tried to implement the stuff that we had worked on.'

Adding: 'I would still like to see us play forward a bit more in the dangerous but I don't think anyone could complain, certainly about the first half with the amount of chances we did create, we scored two good goals so it was pleasing.'

Stockport certainly offered Preston a challenge, which is exactly what Neil wanted as County switched formation in the second half to give North End something else to contend with.

Neil said: 'I had been working really hard on our formation so I hadn't really done a lot of work with the lads in terms of 3-5-2, so that was a good experience for them to have to try and adapt within the game and that's something we will cover before the season starts. I've only really had a week with them so it's about trying to bed in all of the bits and pieces that we want to try and achieve in terms of going forward and I think we saw glimpses of that in the first half.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday July 16 2017
Time: 8:00AM

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