Preston North End manager Alex Neil has revealed his disappointment after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Championship leaders West Brom.

The Lancashire side looked set to hold the table toppers to a point until West Brom were  awarded a penalty in the 90th minute which Charlie Austin duly converted to secure all three points.

The Baggies’ Kyle Edwards has been accused of diving in order to win the penalty and Neil admitted he was angry to lose to such a controversial decision.

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Speaking to iFollow PNE after the game, the Scot said: “Our biggest frustration and disappointment is that we have lost to a controversial moment,” said the Scot. “If it is done through a bit of quality from the opposition it is easier to take, but the fact it is such a contentious decision makes it frustrating.

“The referee has made his decision on what he has seen, but by all accounts, even listening to the lads in the [Sky Sports] studio, I don’t think many people think it was a penalty.
“To lose it in that way, I feel really sorry for the players, because I thought their work ethic, how diligent we were and our shape was good – we worked really hard and denied them any space and any real opportunities when you thought they should have scored, which is quite a feat against them, I thought we deserved something from the game.
“There is not much more to say about it – the referee has made his decision, rightly or wrongly, and that has been the deciding factor.”

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