Alex Neil sees change of system work as Preston pick up welcome win at Bristol City

Preston celebrate their opening goal at Bristol City.
Preston celebrate their opening goal at Bristol City.
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Alex Neil was delighted to see a change of approach work at Ashton Gate as Preston ended their wait for a Championship win against Bristol City.

North End’s 2-1 triumph saw them win for the first time in eight games and upset an in-form Robins side.

The PNE boss switched to 4-4-2 as Jordan Hugill led the line alongside Stephy Mavididi and Darnell Fisher and Ben Davies returned at the back to boost the depleted defensive ranks.

Paul Gallagher gave the Lilywhites the lead in the run up to half-time before, with the visitors under the cosh, Callum Robinson doubled their advantage 12 minutes from time.

A late Cauley Woodrow strike was the only blot on a positive evening for North End.

“We had a different approach to this game,” said Neil.

“We played 4-4-2 and we didn’t apply as much pressure as normal.

“In the first half I thought we created the better chances.

“Bristol had one shot that we cleared off the line when we didn’t deal with a direct ball into the box.

“Other than that we slipped in behind their defence a few times.

“Our decisions in the final third could have been better, there were a few bits and bobs we could have done better.

“But then it was a good time to take the lead.

“Going into the second half it allowed us to hit on the counter and I thought we did that on numerous occasions in the second half.

“We went on and got the second goal and we rode our luck at times but I thought we defended very well.”