Preston North End boss happy to see different players on penalty-taking duty

Preston North End manager Alex Neil says he is content to leave it up to the players as to who takes penalties.

By Dave Seddon
Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 10:21 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 10:24 am

Both Daniel Johnson and Scott Sinclair netted from the spot in PNE's 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last night.

Having tucked away the first one, Johnson let Sinclair take the second to try and out-think the QPR goalkeeper.

Neil said: "We have done it before, the lads aren't precious about who scores, they just want to win the game.

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Scott Sinclair scores Preston's second penalty against QPR

"They have done it to give the goalkeeper something else to think about.

"Scott, as he showed at Norwich, is really comfortable with penalties - as is DJ, as is Paul Gallagher.

"I don't ever concern myself when we get a penalty, we have got a lot of guys who are good at them.

"They are experienced players, I leave it up to them.

Daniel Johnson is treated for cramp by PNE physio Matt Jackson

"If DJ had stepped up to take the second one I wouldn't have intervened."

Neil was pleased to have Johnson back in the fold, this is first taste of Championship football this season.

Speculation surrounding Rangers' interest in him clouded the opening stage of the campaign, with a groin injury then keeping him sidelined for a few weeks.

"DJ was player of the year last season but has barely kicked a ball this time," said Neil.

"The one game he came on against Derby in the cup he changed the dynamic of the whole game and scored a penalty.

"When you are missing that type of quality DJ has, it is never easy to win games."