Neil Rues Missed Accrington Opportunities
Preston, in a crazy game won by Accrington in added time, made an early exit from the League Cup on Tuesday when Stanley ran out 3-2 winners at the Wham Stadium.
Having fallen behind to a Ben Richards-Everton goal Preston levelled for the first time when Jordan Hugill added a little more to his potential value when he scored his first goal of the season.
With four minutes to play Accrington looked as if they had sealed a place in the second round when Jordan Clark scored. However, Hugill was on the scoresheet again when he levelled things in added time.
Extra time was looming until Accrington went up the other end to find a winner in the third minute of stoppage time when Billy Kee struck to follow up last season's shock victory over Burnley with this over North End.
Alex Neil made the decision to make nine changes to the side that beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, which he feels will now see many brand Preston as 'rubbish', but the boss insists that isn't the case.
He told the Official Website things could have been better if chances had been taken and also felt Andy Boyle had been fouled in the lead up to one Accrington goal.
'It's always difficult as we have made nine changes to the team. Because we have lost everybody is going to say we were rubbish because it's against lower league opposition but I didn't think we were rubbish, especially in the second half. First half we should have done better but we still had numerous opportunities where we could have scored but we didn't,' said Neil.
Adding: 'Jordan's scored two goals, Callum's had five or six good opportunities - I thought our final ball in into the final third was poor and I think the frustrating thing certainly for the second goal, it was definitely a free kick.'
He said he was pleased to see Preston get 'back into the game' but was then left frustrated by the fact a set play proved costly, something he's been 'working really hard on' with the squad in training.
Neil went on to say if we had taken 'anywhere near the amount of opportunities we had we would have won the game.'
However, when all is said and done Preston are out and frustration was the underlining issue for Neil.
He finished: 'The bottom line is, is that we wanted to get into the next round. I'm frustrated over some performances because we did not play as well as we can but I think if we took our opportunities we would have won the game.'