Robinson celebrates landmark with goal
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.”