Preston North End boss Alex Neil has labelled Saturday’s home fixture with Reading as an “ideal opportunity” for players fighting for places and on the fringes of the squad to make an impact in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Lilywhites have endured a poor start to the season and head into the weekend in 19th place having won just one of their opening six fixtures, but manager Alex Neil is positive heading into the weekend’s game.

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“I think this will be an ideal opportunity for a lot of the lads who are playing to show what they can do and it’s a crucial game for us as well in terms of hopefully getting three points on the board,” the Scot said.

“It’s really up to those lads to go an show what they can do, and for them to show ‘I am the guy to get the job done and I am what the solution is’.”

“We are going to need all of the squad for these, it’s going to be a big push for us and it’s a crucial three weeks for us as well.

“The games come thick and fast in the Championship and its one of those where if you are on a bad run, you can find yourselves four games down the line with no points, or if you are on a good run, you can find yourself four games down with a lot of points.”

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Preston take on Reading on Saturday before heading off to Elland Road for a tricky test against league leaders Leeds United.

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