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Thursday 21 June 2018

Neil hails Preston

On target: Seán Maguire
On target: Seán Maguire

Preston manager Alex Neil hailed his side's fighting qualities after they battled back from a goal down to beat a below-par Leeds 3-1 and maintain their slim promotion hopes.

Preston left themselves with a mountain to climb as Leeds took the lead on 13 minutes when Kemar Roofe converted a Kalvin Phillips' cross.

North End got back on level terms four minutes after the break as Paul Gallagher scored from the penalty spot.

Goals from Irish duo Seán Maguire and Alan Browne put the game past Leeds with Maguire scoring just three minutes after Gallagher's penalty.

Browne wrapped up the win with a header eight minutes from time as Preston kept up their play-off charge.

And Neil was full of praise for Preston as they refused to throw in the towel, saying: "We are more pleased with the result as much as anything else because our last few performances have been good but we've not had anything to show for it. How we played doesn't really matter, it's about getting the points.

"I said to them they are all in the team to do certain jobs and that they needed to pull their finger out and go out and do it.

"To be fair to them that's exactly what they did."

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