Robinson cel­e­brates land­mark with goal

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL NAI­SMITH

ALEX NEIL hailed the dynamic per­for­mance of Cal­lum Robinson af­ter the striker had marked his 150th North End ap­pear­ance with the win­ning goal.

But it was the player’s en­er­getic run­ning as much as his 35th-minute strike that drew praise from his boss as Pre­ston extended their un­beaten run to seven games.

Neil said: “I didn’t think Cal­lum worked hard enough in our pre­vi­ous game and told him so af­ter­wards.

“He is a real team player and when he puts as much ef­fort in as he did to­day he is hugely valu­able to us.

“It was the per­fect away per­for­mance from my play­ers. This is a tough place to come and we have been as com­fort­able as I could have hoped.

“Now we can go into the in­ter­na­tional break with real mo­men­tum, look­ing up the ta­ble, rather than over our shoul­ders.”

Robinson was left with a sim­ple tap-in at the far post when un­marked to latch on to Daniel John­son’s low cross from the right.

It proved the only goal but North End were sharper in all de­part­ments against an out-of-sorts City team, who left the field to boos from their own fans.

De­clan Rudd’s only test­ing save came from a late free-kick from ex-Pre­ston mid­fielder Josh Brown­hill and Robins head coach Lee John­son was in no mood to of­fer ex­cuses.

“I feel let down by the play­ers to­day,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple from top to bot­tom of this club work long hours to give them the best pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­ment to pro­duce their best when they cross the white line.

“To­day too many didn’t bring along their B game, let alone their A game.

“We were flat-footed and played re­ac­tively in­stead of proac­tively. I still have faith in my play­ers but that was nowhere near good enough and I need to take stock of ev­ery­thing dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

“Places are up for grabs and some­how we have to get our spark back. We lacked con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter in this game.”

MATCH­WIN­NER: Robinson

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