Alex Neil knows Preston have to be more clinical in front of goal at Reading

Alex Neil knows Preston have to be more clinical when they look to get back to winning ways at Reading on Saturday.

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Preston boss Alex Neil

Preston boss Alex Neil

The Madejski Stadium clash is a vital one as PNE look to put the Easter defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Derby behind them and keep pace in the play-off race.

Neil says believes side are at the stage of, ‘having to find a way to win’ with results and not displays all that matters.

Neil said: “I have been in situations like this when it has gone in our favour.

“At Norwich there were a couple of games when we scored late goals.

“You find a way to win those games, we just haven’t found a way in the past two matches.

“When chances came our way we just came up a little bit short in terms of putting the ball in the net.

“That as a manager, as a player and as a supporter is soul destroying.

“If you have a look back, Alan Browne had scored two penalties and I don’t think the keeper was within five yards of them.

“If Ben Davies had the header at Sheffield Wednesday again, it would end up in the back of the net.”