Preston North End boss Alex Neil gives damming verdict on Lee Johnson's

Preston North End boss Alex Neil believes that his side’s 1-0 victory over Bristol City was the ‘most comfortable’ they have been this season.

The Deepdale side have struggled for consistency this season and went into the game at Ashton Gate without an away win since April.

However, the Lilywhites haven’t lost to the Robins since 2011 and their fine run against City continued on Saturday afternoon as ex-City loanee Callum Robinson scored the only goal in the first-half.

Speaking after the game Neil was keen to praise the Robins but also gave a damming assessment of how easy his side found it against Lee Johnson’s charges.

He said: “This league is relentless. We’re delighted to have picked up some form. This is a tough place to play and we knew our record against them.

“This was as comfortable as we’ve been all season. The lads are confident are at the moment – we don’t lack any in any shape or form. We’ve got momentum.”

He also explained how impressed he was with his midfield, adding: “Our use of the ball was better and our retention was better. If you combine that then it moves you forward more.

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“For Bristol City they’ll be saying we need to end this hoodoo. We were saying we need to keep it going. But the one thing I will say is that Bristol City are a good team.

“They’re a good side and they’re a handful for every side. I’ve watched several games.

“We were comfortable defensively but ultimately we managed to get the goal. I was pleased more with Robinson’s hard work – and mucking in was important. I was really pleased with that aspect of his game.”