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Postby Forever Blue » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:40 am

Cardiff are top...but they're not Real Madrid says PNE boss

'Cardiff City are not Real Madrid!' Preston boss Alex Neil suggests Bluebirds praise is over the top


Lancashire Post

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Preston will aim to become the first side to beat Cardiff in the Championship this season when they meet at Deepdale tonight.

The Bluebirds won their opening five league games and then drew with Fulham at the weekend, a run which has put them two points clear at the top of the table.


Although respectful of the way Neil Warnock’s men have come out of the traps, North End manager Alex Neil says his team should not fear this evening’s challenge.

In fact, Neil is relishing a clash in which he predicts the sides will slug it out ‘toe to toe’.

“I don’t think it is going to be one for the football purist if I’m being honest,” said Neil.

“It is going to be a hard-fought game with both sides going toe to toe.

“The game will be different to a point than Barnsley was on Saturday. Cardiff I think will be more aggressive in their starting positions than Barnsley were.

“They also have a bigger presence up top which is something we have to handle.

“Our lads have done great defensively and hopefully that can continue.”

In terms of preparation, it has been business as usual from Neil for Cardiff’s visit.

Said Neil: “Our approach is the same as it has been for every game.

“If we have the bulk of play they will have to defend, if we don’t and they impose their style on us then we are going to have to defend.

“It is as if we are talking about Cardiff as if they are Real Madrid.

“They are a decent side and have started the season well but I don’t think they are any great stakes in terms of being miles better than anyone else in the league.”

North End will be without Ben Pearson again tonight through injury, but there is a chance Daniel Johnson could play.

Neil said: “DJ is making good progress and we will make a late call with him.

“I don’t think Ben is going to make this one.”

Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne filled the midfield roles against Barnsley, Neil changing direction in terms of Preston’s play to use the wings more, rather than going down the middle.

Neil admits the deeper roles did not suit Gallagher or Browne’s natural game but felt they did them well enough.

He said: “I’m asking them to do a job which I’m not sure is their forte.

“Gally is better in the final third and I think Alan Browne is better further up the pitch.

“Unfortunately, I had to drop them into a deeper role.

“We’ve got John Welsh who got a taste of it towards the end of the Barnsley game.

“John is a player we might have to look towards to help us get through this spell when we are carrying injuries.”
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Postby NIBluebird » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:12 am

I see us as more like Barcelona :ayatollah:
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Postby Forever Blue » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:16 am

NIBluebird wrote:I see us as more like Barcelona :ayatollah:



:lol:

Correct Mike :thumbup:
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Postby pembroke allan » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:18 am

He as a poor choice when comes to words Saying we are no great shakes ect ect certainly knows how to upset opposition. :old:
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Postby bluebird7291 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:23 am

who is this guy anyway? :lol:

i hope Warnock can show him why we are top.

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Postby NIBluebird » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:31 am

Forever Blue wrote:
NIBluebird wrote:I see us as more like Barcelona :ayatollah:



:lol:

Correct Mike :thumbup:


Flying over for Leeds match - if your over lets meet up b4 game :) :occasion5:
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Postby Wayne S » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:57 am

Forever Blue wrote:Cardiff are top...but they're not Real Madrid says PNE boss


Of course we are not.......



....... Real Madrid are only 7th in La Liga.
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Postby phildavies » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:41 pm

Wayne S wrote:
Forever Blue wrote:Cardiff are top...but they're not Real Madrid says PNE boss


Of course we are not.......



....... Real Madrid are only 7th in La Liga.



Ah you beat me to it :laughing5:
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Postby Forever Blue » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:58 pm

'Cardiff City are not Real Madrid!' Preston boss Alex Neil suggests Bluebirds praise is over the top


By John Coleman

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Preston North End boss Alex Neil appears to have downplayed Cardiff City's Championship promotion credentials, adding that the reaction to the Bluebirds' sensational start to the season is in danger of going over the top.

Neil Warnock takes his side to Deepdale tonight having overseen five wins and a draw - a run that has left City top of the table.

This evening's contest marks a return to a ground where Cardiff were thumped 3-0 nearly a year ago to the day , but many bookies are likely to be backing Warnock's men this time around.

However, Preston boss Neil says his team are not in the least bit intimidated by their opponents, even going so far as to suggest that the plaudits for the Bluebirds have perhaps gone too far too soon.

He told the Lancashire Evening Post : “Our approach is the same as it has been for every game.

“It is as if we are talking about Cardiff as if they are Real Madrid.

“They are a decent side and have started the season well but I don’t think they are any great shakes in terms of being miles better than anyone else in the league.”

In fact, Neil is expecting a close and bruising encounter that will likely be a nightmare for the man in charge of the highlights reel, although at the same time he is under no illusions about the threat the Bluebirds could pose.

Danny Ward of Cardiff City celebrates scoring against Fulham (Image: Getty Images Europe)
“I don’t think it is going to be one for the football purist if I’m being honest,” he added. “It is going to be a hard-fought game with both sides going toe to toe.

“The game will be different to a point than Barnsley was on Saturday. Cardiff I think will be more aggressive in their starting positions than Barnsley were.

“They also have a bigger presence up top which is something we have to handle.

“Our lads have done great defensively and hopefully that can continue. In terms of preparation, it has been business as usual from Neil for Cardiff's visit."
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Postby nubbsy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:15 pm

"Who da FOOK is that guy!?" - Neil Warnock
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