Preston showed more hunger – Neil

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Preston boss Alex Neil believes his side showed more hunger as they pulled off a shock 3-1 win over Norwich on Wednesday.

Preston boss Alex Neil believes his side showed more hunger as they pulled off a shock 3-1 win over Norwich on Wednesday.

The Scot was at the helm the last time promotion-chasing Norwich were in the Premier League in 2016 before his contract was terminated a year later following relegation.

But he watched on as Preston handed the Canaries their first away defeat in 13 games with Ben Davies, Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire all finding the net for the hosts.

Teemu Pukki grabbed a consolation for the visitors in added time but it was unable to take the shine off the win for Neil, who reserved special praise for goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

‘It was an incredible performance from us,’ he said.

‘Our start was going to be absolutely crucial, we know Norwich like to pass the ball, and we knew we had to get after them.

‘Norwich have come here having lost something like one game in their last 20, but they came up against a team tonight that was hungrier than them and I think we deserved the win.

‘We are playing well at the moment and I believe in my team.

We showed again what we are capable of.

I cannot be any more pleased with the performance.

‘We needed to go and beat a team at the top of the table, showing how good we are, and we did just that.

Norwich are a good side, but we harried them and created a lot chances to score.

‘And when we got those chances, we took them, and that’s why we won.

Declan was fantastic – I am only disappointed for him that we didn’t keep a clean sheet.’

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