Preston North End boss Alex Neil hails a perfect away win against Bristol City

Preston North End manager Alex Neil felt his side's victory over Bristol City had been the 'perfect' away display.

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Preston winger Tom Barkhuizen is denied by Bristol City goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa

Preston winger Tom Barkhuizen is denied by Bristol City goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa

The Lilywhites' 1-0 win was a fifth victory on the bounce at Ashton Gate stretching back to 2014, the Robins' home ground very much a happy hunting ground.

Importantly, it was a first win on the road in the league this season for Neil's outfit and lifted them up to 18th place.

Callum Robinson's close-range finish 10 minutes before the interval was enough to deliver the three points.

Neil said: "It was a pleasing performance, probably the perfect away performance.

Preston midfielder Ben Pearson challenges against Bristol City

Preston midfielder Ben Pearson challenges against Bristol City

"In the first half although we were leading 1-0 I thought we had opportunities to be two or three goals up and should have done a bit better at times.

"But that is us seven-games unbeaten now and this is a really difficult place to come, Bristol City are a good side.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, defensively we were solid and we carried a threat going forward.

"To be honest I'm really pleased with everyone, I thought they all did their jobs."

Robinson was on the end of a Preston counter-attack to find the net for the ninth time this season.

He was playing against a City side for who he had an unhappy four-month loan spell with in 2016.

Neil said: "We had quite a few counter-attacks in the first half and didn't make the best use of some of them but it was nice to see Callum put that chance away.

"Callum is such a good player, he has improved considerably in the last year.

"It was a good afternoon for us, to go through seven games and not pick-up a defeat in this league is no mean feat for any team."