Preston North End boss Alex Neil frustrated not to beat Leeds United after 'sensational' early pressure

Preston North End boss Alex Neil was delighted with his side's 'sensational' opening 30 minutes at Elland Road and felt they were unlucky not to beat Leeds United.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 8:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 8:45 pm
Alex Neil admitted he would have taken a point before the game (Pic: Getty)

Neil's men took a 22nd minute lead through Alan Browne after forcing numerous errors from the Whites, who clawed their way back into the game and, having created a number of good second half chances, levelled in the final minute of the 90 with a deflected Stuart Dallas shot.

Preston got the better of Leeds early on in a way few, if any, teams have managed this season in the first half at Elland Road.

"Our pressure in the first 30 minutes was sensational," said Neil.

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"There won’t be many teams that come here and do that to them.

"It was a great performance, unfortunately it took a deflected goal to take two points from us. But I thought the players effort, the gameplan, how we pressurised the ball – because coming her to play that way, you’ve got to be really brave. If you get that wrong you’re going to get hurt, I thought we did magnificently well.

"First 30 minutes we were fantastic, we really were great. Then they had a little spell before half time, we started the second half extremely well and then they had as spell at the end with pressure. But I thought we were great. I thought we performed really well and were unfortunate that we didn’t win."

Neil admitted he would have more than likely taken a draw before kick-off, but he was frustrated not to win after putting in such a good showing.

"I can’t realty repeat what I said before the game, but it goes along the lines of you need to be brave and be set to stand up to them here. I’ve seen them blitz teams here within the first 20 minutes countless times, and if anything, in the first 30 minutes we blitzed them.

"You need to find that solution, you need to do it well. If you don’t do it well they will hurt you because they are the type of team that want to play in the spaces that you’ve left. We did it that well that we denied them that threat a lot of the game.

"Before the game you would have probably accepted it, coming to a really difficult place. Based on the game, we’re a little bit frustrated because we did well."