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‘The ball must be really, really heavy’: Alex Neil sees no issue with Preston’s second goal against Leeds

Alex Neil saw no problem with Preston’s second goal in their 3-1 win over Leeds at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

Sean Maguire headed home Paul Gallagher’s cross with Pontus Jansson down in the area holding his head.

Preston boss Alex Neil

Preston boss Alex Neil

The visitors, and their manager Paul Heckingbottom felt the game should have been halted by referee Lee Probert, but PNE played on as they turned the game on its head, going on to end their three-game losing run.

“Having looked at it back, the ball must be really, really heavy because all he has done is head the ball,” said Neil.

"I think that tells you everything about that sort of situation.

"Nobody has made any contact or connection with him and I am sure Paul has watched it back as well.

"His defender heads the ball and then has a wee look and thinks 'we are under a bit of pressure' and falls down in the middle of the box.

"In my opinion, the referee rightly played the game on."

Heckingbottom cut a frustrated figure post-match with his view differing greatly from Neil’s.

“There was an incident exactly the same in the first half when the game was stopped,” the Leeds boss said.

“The frustrating thing for me is that they’re trying to cook up an excuse for why the game wasn’t stopped. Once the goal’s given it’s not going to change.

“Just say ‘yeah, I maybe should have stopped it.’

“I asked him (Probert) to come and speak to me and he wouldn’t.

“The fourth official said he couldn’t stop it because there was no infringement but the first half was exactly the same when there wasn’t a foul.

“They just talk rubbish don’t they? I’ll go and see (Probert) now and he’ll talk some more rubbish.”