Lilywhites boss felt it was two points dropped at Kenilworth Road

Izzy Brown on the ball for the Hatters against PrestonIzzy Brown on the ball for the Hatters against Preston
Izzy Brown on the ball for the Hatters against Preston
Neil frustrated by McManaman's late leveller

Preston boss Alex Neil labelled his side's 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road on Saturday as two points dropped for his side.

The visitors looked in control for long periods, taking the lead through former Manchester City and Celtic attacker Scott Sinclair's strike on 52 minutes and looked odds-on favourites to see the rest of the game out.

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However, Hatters substitute Callum McManaman was to change all that, firing home an angled drive from just inside the area with three minutes to go, ensuring both sides left with a share of the spoils.

A frustrated Neil said: "It was two points dropped as I don't think at any point they looked threatening at all really.

“I thought it was as comfortable a game as we've had all season, I think the biggest concern for me was breaking the deadlock and once we did that, I was confident we would go on and see the game out.

“I was a bit frustrated at half time as I thought we got into good areas and played safe rather than really quick and direct.

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"The goal came from something we were looking to see more of, we got on the half turn, got Scott down the side and his finish was really tidy.

"At that point I'm really happy as I'm thinking we've played well, controlled the game, scored the first goal and generally that's a fantastic position for us to find ourselves in as we don't usually give cheap ones away.

“Second half we did create some decent opportunities and it was a real kick in the teeth to concede the goal in the manner that we did.

“It was a transition, we had the ball and gave it back to them, from then we lost it on the edge of the box, we backed off far too far and allowed him a shot at goal.

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“I’d like it if we created a few more clear-cut chances, I don’t think we had enough of them – but we certainly did enough to win the game.

“We were really, really comfortable in the match.

"I don’t think they posed too many problems and we had one lapse of concentration and it’s cost us a couple of points.

"The lads are devastated, everybody’s gutted because we did enough to win but didn’t get it across the line."