Neil - Preston Warranted Leeds Win
Alex Neil feels Preston deserved all three point at Leeds on Saturday from a goalless draw and but for Ben Pearson's sending off arguably would have managed this.
Chris Maxwell had to deny Leeds' Chris Wood several times but Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Browne both went close to scoring for Preston and only the crossbar prevented former Manchester United forward Josh Harrop from opening his North End account in added time.
Neil thought the momentum built up was lost when Pearson went off and three points would have been merited. However, after seeing out the final half an hour and stoppage time against a potent Leeds side the boss feels this shows we're a good team.
'I think the frustrating thing is, is that Ben getting sent off stopped the momentum of the game. I thought we were good; I thought we moved the ball well and looked good on the front foot and were more aggressive and I thought we dominated Leeds United on their own patch. When Ben goes off we obviously have to adapt a different approach as they've still got a spare man which makes it more difficult to hunt and press - I thought the lads worked extremely hard and showed how much it means to themselves, both individually and collectively - they showed great heart and I was really proud of them,' Neil told the Official Website.
Adding: 'We deserved the three points, obviously when we went down to ten men they were the better side as you'd expect but we made sure we made it hard for them as possible and we were a threat on the break as well. If you want to see a team for 37 minutes including injury time shut out the opposition, then that was a very good example.'
Pearson's first booking was 'a poor decision' according to Neil, who questioned if the challenge was even a freekick? But the second frustrated the boss and he's talked to the midfielder 'about his discipline' as this will prove costly - if it wasn't on the day as such - due to the suspension he'll serve.
All things considered though Neil was pleased with a 0-0 draw at Elland Road and the start to the Championship season as Preston remain unbeaten.
Neil said: 'We wanted to press from the front and make it difficult for them today, but we've got good football players so we can take the game to teams and we've got Jordan (Hugill) who we can pump ball up tops to. I can't be any prouder of my players today; we've played two difficult games and kept two clean sheets and arguably, in my opinion we should have won again today so it's fantastic.'