Preston North End were comprehensively beaten by in-form Cardiff City 4-0 in South Wales as the Lilywhites’ slight play-off hopes look to be dying with every passing game.
And all good feeling from last week’s Lancashire derby victory over Blackburn Rovers has now dissipated following back-to-back defeats against Watford and now Cardiff.
Two good teams indeed but North End did a lot right against the Hornets in midweek and were only put away by a Joao Pedro penalty.
And a penalty opened the scoring at the Cardiff City Stadium after just two minutes, but unfortunately for PNE that wasn’t the end of the opposition’s scoring.
Kieffer Moore opened Cardiff’s account from the spot, and their second came just 27 seconds into the second half through Josh Murphy.
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North End then suffered from some poor luck as they had two penalties saved in quick succession by Paul Gallagher and Ched Evans thanks to the magic hands of Dillon Phillips.
The Bluebirds eventually put the game to bed thanks to goals from Marlon Pack and Mark Harris, and the result has prompted a furious response from PNE fans on social media – who are targeting manager Alex Neil and many want him out.
Check out some of the fiery comments following full-time – it’s not a pretty sight if you’re in the ‘Neil In’ camp.
Good, hopefully a step closer to Alex neil getting out this club. Another loss on Wednesday please
— AJ (@AJPNEFC) February 20, 2021
Neil has to go
— Joe 🃏 (@joeWh03) February 20, 2021
Get rid of Neil tonight
— Dom (@dom_33) February 20, 2021
Alex Neil is Darren Ferguson I’m disguise, this is the worse football we’ve played in 10 year’s and stockley has the same amount of goals as our entire team since he went Charlton. Can’t wait to see the Neil lovers defend him after this.
— Carl Charnley (@CarlCharnley) February 20, 2021
Defended AN alot but this isn't good enough. Tactics letting the players down, AB out of position, takes striker off when 1 nil down, Hunts playing great then dropped for no reason. Fans and players have lost confidence enough is enough and it's time to leave
— Crispin Balmer (@crispinbalmer) February 20, 2021
Enough. Neil out now before it is too late. #pnefc
— Thomas Langman (@Thomas_Langman) February 20, 2021
Alex Neil out please and he needs to go
— Asif Mamun (@Asif_PNEFC) February 20, 2021
Time for a managerial change
— Paul Richardson (@Harvestcruncher) February 20, 2021
Omg think has to be Alex Neill last game need to go before it's to late
— Joe Cassidy Athlone (@JoeCassidyIRE) February 20, 2021
Whilst the players must take their share of responsibility for todays defeat I, sadly, have to say that I think the manager, Alex Neil, should be relieved of his duties with immediate effect. @pnefc
— John Roper (@Budgierustler34) February 20, 2021
Please, please, please can we pot Alex Neil! Win over Rovers papered over the cracks. #pnefc
— Luke Gale (@lukemgale) February 20, 2021