Preston fell to defeat once again on Tuesday night, and the pressure is really mounting on Alex Neil.
North End travelled up to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, and actually started well with Sepp van den Berg rattling the woodwork.
However, Jordan Storey’s bizarre own goal put Boro in front, and it just went from bad to worse as Alan Browne was given a straight red card for an off-the-ball scuffle with Sam Morsy.
Alex Neil was then sent off himself at half time, and Marcus Tavernier compounded the misery by giving Boro a 2-0 win.
Neil has come in for huge criticism, as this defeat now means Preston have won just one of the last eight and two of the last 12.
One of his curious decisions last night was to not only leave Anthony Gordon on the bench, but also leave him as an unused substitute despite Preston being 2-0 down for much of the second half.
The winger is one Preston’s most exciting and creative players, impressing since arriving on loan from Everton on deadline day last month.
After a brief cameo at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, Gordon didn’t get a kick last night, with Neil explaining that he felt Gordon likes to have lots of touches of the ball, and that wouldn’t work against Boro’s tight approach.
The comments went down like a lead balloon with Preston fans, who feel that Neil spends far too much time worrying about the opposition rather than focusing on what Preston can do.
Others think Everton must be annoyed with Gordon being left out, claiming Neil’s comments are ‘baffling’ given the ability and potential Gordon clearly possesses.