Speaking after the defeat, which leaves the Lilywhites in 11th place and nine points off the play-off places, Neil hit out at his players for failing to put away a number of clear-cut chances, and claimed: "Tom Barkhuizen should have scored the chance he got in the first half. Before that Ben Whiteman was really unfortunate with a free-kick.
“It hit the post, hit the goalie’s back, how it didn’t go in I’m not sure...we had ample chances to score, we should have got something so we have only got ourselves to blame really."
Preston return to action this week, when they travel to take on local rivals Blackburn Rovers in an eagerly-anticipated Friday night showdown at Ewood Park.
The last the two sides met, Rovers pulled off a shock 3-0 win at Deepdale, and the Lilywhites will be out for revenge against Tony Mowbray's men when they come face to face again at the end of the week.
Here's our latest round-up of all the news and transfer chat from the Championship, involving Preston North End and a number of their second-tier rivals:
1. Rangers new boy credits Gerrard for switch
Ex-Bournemouth starlet Nnamdi Ofoborh has revealed that playing under Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard was a key reason behind him choosing to join the Gers last month. Sheffield Wednesday and Watford were also thought to be keen. (Daily Record)
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2. Hornets boss on thin ice
Watford are believed to be considering manager Xisco Munoz's future at the club carefully, following their third match in a row without a win. A series of tactical changes are also thought to have led to unrest among the players. (The Athletic)
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3. Swans icon comes out of retirement
Former Swansea City stalwart Leon Britton has come out of retirement at the age of 38, signing for Welsh side Ammanford AFC. He was a League Cup winner with the Swans back in 2013, and helped them secure promotion on three separate occasions. (Wales Online)
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4. Forest new boy snubbed Pilgrims
Fresh reports have revealed that League One side Plymouth Argyle made a last-ditch effort to sign veteran striker Glenn Murray, before he opted to leave Brighton for Nottingham Forest last month. (Nottingham Post)
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