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Neil - There Wasn't A Lot In It

Neil - There Wasn't A Lot In It

Preston came back from a goal down to secure a drawn against Newcastle and maintain an unbeaten record under Alex Neil.

Having slipped behind to an early goal North End claimed a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

Aleksandar Mitrovic put Newcastle ahead as he followed up a Paul Dummett effort, which had been saved by goalkeeper Chris Maxwell. However, Tom Barkhuizen, who has been impressive in his goals return during the summer, drew North End level before half time.

Preston: Maxwell, Vermijl, Cunningham (c), Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Barkhuizen, Browne (Harrop, 58), Hugill (Doyle, 58), Johnson (Pringle, 82), Robinson (Horgan, 67).
Subs not used: Hudson, Boyle, Grimshaw, Spurr, Meulensteen, Earl.

Newcastle: Elliot (Darlow, 46 (Woodman, 71)), Dummett (Clark ,46), Hanley (Hayden, 46), Shelvey (c) (Colback, 46), Diame (Murphy, 46), de Jong (Roberts, 62), Aarons (Yedlin, 46), Mbemba (Gayle, 46), Lejeune (Manquillo, 76), Atsu (Perez, 46), Mitrovic (Gayle, 46).

Attendance: 7,280 (2,307 Newcastle United fans)

Neil didn't think there was much between the sides at Deepdale as Preston grew in confidence after recovering from the early setback telling the Official Website the 'boys did great.'

'I thought it was a good game, I didn't there was a lot in the game, I was really pleased with our lads to adopt a different style. I think at the start of the match in the first 15 minutes we looked a bit tentative and a bit scared because we were playing Newcastle but then I thought we grew in confidence as the first half wore on and I thought our best spell was leading up to half-time really.'

Adding: 'At the start of the second half, I thought that confidence was displayed then as well. Obviously when you make changes, the game changes a little bit but all in all, I thought our boys did great.'

He went on to say Newcastle had 'real quality' so it was a step up from the other clubs faced but Neil was happy 'we more than held our own' and Preston were in fact 'unfortunate we didn't score some more.'

Josh Harrop came on in the second half for his first Preston involvement since arriving from Manchester United and Neil was pleased with the early signs.

Neil said: 'He looks like a technical player, he's got good legs and I think he will certainly be a creative player for us going forward. We just need to do a bit of work with him defensively in terms of shuffling across the pitch with the rest of the team but I was pleased with all of the lads. I thought they more than held their own and they should be pleased with how they played.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday July 24 2017
Time: 8:30AM

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