‘Flexible’ Bournemouth will pose problems for Preston North End tonight says boss Alex Neil
Preston North End boss Alex Neil believes a key strength of Bournemouth’s this season is their flexibility.
The two clubs meet in the league tonight for the first time since February 2013, although they have played twice in the League Cup in 2015 and 2016.
Bournemouth came down from the Premier League in the summer after five years in the top flight.
Relegation saw a change of manager, Eddie Howe stepping down and his assistant Jason Tindall promoted to the top job.
Neil said: “The one you notice about Bournemouth is how flexible they can be. They have played three or four systems in the last few games and can fluctuate from one to the other quite seamlessly.
“They are a good side and have kept the bulk of their team together.”
Going into the clash at the Vitality Stadium, the Cherries are four games unbeaten.
They won three on the bounce ahead of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Rotherham, Junior Stanislaus and Dominic Solanke on target.
Running his eye over PNE, Bournemouth boss Tindall said: “They’re a really good Championship side and they have been for a number of years now – they’re a solid outfit, difficult to break down and they’ll pose different problems. They’ll be coming here to win.”