Boss Alex Neil reacts to struggling Preston North End's 3-0 defeat at Championship leaders Leeds United

Alex Neil felt Preston North End were wasteful in the final third as they went down 3-0 at Leeds on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 19th September 2018, 8:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th September 2018, 9:52 am
Josh Harrop in action for Preston at Leeds

The second-from-bottom Lilywhites saw Tyler Roberts’ late double make sure of the points for the Championship leaders after Liam Cooper’s first-half header had put them in front.

PNE were well beaten on the night as their concerning start to the season continued, Neil’s men not having won since the opening day victory over QPR.

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Josh Harrop in action for Preston at Leeds

“I’m naturally disappointed after losing a game 3-0,” said the PNE boss.

“There’s not really any other emotion you can have.

“I thought we started the game very well. We nicked the ball well and created numerous opportunities.

“Callum Robinson had a shot and the ‘keeper managed to save it.

“We gave the ball away though on a couple of occasions when we managed to break and that got their tails up.

“They then got the goal which is a disappointing from a set play and from that point onwards they were the team on top.

“Their movement is good. We high pressed them after doing that the last time we were here.

“It’s a high-risk strategy but we managed to beat them in the cup doing it.

“The key is when you do nick the ball back is that you’ve got to hurt them.

“But we gave the ball away too much at the top end of the pitch and they’ve got the quality to go and hurt you.”