Neil ends speculation on Preston departure by saying ‘I love it here’
against Blackburn Rovers. This week he came off the bench himself in the 31st minute.
“The one thing me and my players have got is complete trust in each other,” Neil said. “The fact that I took him off only means that I got the team selection wrong. Today he comes on and gets the winner for us. That’s why we are a team, not a group of individuals. I thought we were good value for the win, I thought we were the better side, created the better chances.”
Charlton were unable to work Declan Rudd, the North End goalkeeper, hard enough – but Lee Bowyer, the Charlton manager, had few complaints about the penalty or Preston’s play. “That’s managing the game, isn’t it?” he said.
“Yes, it can be frustrating, but maybe we’ve got to learn to start doing that ourselves. It was a penalty. One of our most experienced players has made the wrong decision. A draw would probably have been a fair result, but we will learn.”
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