Neil rues missed chances in sloppy Forest stalemate

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Alex Neil says Preston were below their best but still had chances to beat Nottingham Forest following Saturday's goalless draw.

Alex Neil says Preston were below their best but still had chances to beat Nottingham Forest following Saturday’s goalless draw.

Forest felt hard done by as Joe Lolley had the ball in the back of the net 12 minutes from time at Deepdale only for it to be ruled out because of a foul on Declan Rudd by Ryan Yates.

North End enjoyed a few chances of their own early on, but were not able to take them, and Neil admitted the standard was below that shown by his side in recent weeks.

He said: ‘It wasn’t great was it? But we had three good opportunities in the first half and if one of those goes in it’s a very different game.

‘Sean Maguire got man-handled six or seven times in the first half.

It was a day for defenders.

Not a lot of quality at the top end.

‘The first 10 minutes was key for us, if we had got the early goal it would have brought Forest out and made them more expansive.

‘Lewis Grabban is excellent at this level but Ben Davies is a top centre-back and he dealt with him really well which was pleasing.

‘I said to the lads if someone had told us we would get the results we have done over the last seven games, and played the way we have, we would have been buzzing.

‘I like to watch a good game of football and that wasn’t was it? So I’m disappointed.’

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