Preston supporter John Smith believes all of the blame can't just be laid at the door of boss Alex Neil

On the official first day of the new season, there certainly was no spring in my step after this painful  defeat to a very ordinary looking Luton side.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 8:00 am
PNE defender Liam Lindsay down on his haunches as Luto's players celebrate their win

For the fans still bothering tuning into ifollow, this ghost season is becoming more frightening by the week as we continue to slide further down towards the relegation trapdoor.

On Saturday evening I felt like hysterical Lance Corporal Jones of Dad’s Army fame running round the house shouting “Don’t panic, Don’t panic” but with us now having lost 10 out of the last 16 games that is exactly what I am starting to do.

It was in general an uninspiring game typical of many played out in the eerie atmosphere at Deepdale over the past year.After a fairly lifeless first half the second was much the same and it seemed odds on that the game would end in a goalless draw which would have given us a vital point.

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However in the closing stages, Luton delivered a hammer blow we never recovered from as “The Curse of Deepdale” struck again this time when the ball hit the grounded keeper Daniel Iversen and crossed the line for the game’s only goal seconds after he had made a fantastic save.

After the horrific own goal in midweek by Jordan storey and the loss of inspirational captain Alan Browne through suspension, manager Alex Neil must feel like he has run over a couple of black cats in a week where he needed big performances from his players to restore some calm and confidence to his rapidly sinking ship.

However unlucky I think the manager has been fighting his corner is like being a trade union representative defending an employee’s absentee record only for him to call in sick the next day. Like other previous occupants in the managerial hot seat.

I feel he has not had enough financial backing and they along with the players must share some blame for the alarming decline in the club's fortunes.

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