What Preston North End boss Alex Neil had to say at his press conference ahead of the trip to Bristol City

Goalkeeping options, searching for a first away win in the Championship and a closer look at Saturday's opposition dominated the discussion when Alex Neil spoke to the media on Thursday morning.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 8th November 2018, 10:52 am
Updated Thursday, 8th November 2018, 11:59 am
Alex Neil spoke to the media on Thursday morning.
Alex Neil spoke to the media on Thursday morning.

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Alex Neil spoke to the media on Thursday morning.

Who will play between the sticks against Bristol City…

We’ve got Declan Rudd but we’ve also got Michael Crowe who’s trained very well since coming back from injury. I’ve got a decision to make there.

Chris Maxwell’s red card at Portman Road

The second booking's a ridiculous one really. I don’t think Maxi should find himself in that position, he’s nearly at the touchline. Even then I’m not sure how much of a free-kick it is.

Ipswich draw…

They were the types of chances we were taking and games we were winning last year to get the three points. That’s a little bit frustrating. It’s fine margins. It wasn’t as if we were blowing away teams last year.

Bristol City…

They’ve lost their last two but I’ve watched quite a few of their games and they play some good football. They’ve lost some players for big money so I think they will be quite pleased with how they’ve started.

Looking for first away win…

Our mentality has changed a little bit. This year we’re going away to places expecting to win and trying to win but you need to build yourself into matches. We did that last year but this year we’re maybe trying to win too early and are finding ourselves behind.


At the start of the season our expectations were much higher than last year but with the start we’ve had that’s been recalibrated into just taking each game as it comes.

Sean Maguire…

He’s far from his sharpest but the only way of trying to get that is by giving him minutes. He was a key player for us last year.