Preston winger Scott Sinclair has told The Times that he loves playing under Alex Neil at Deepdale.

North End were hammered 4-0 at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, turning in a frankly comical defensive performance.

Add in not one but two missed penalties and it was just a nightmare day for Neil, who finds himself under huge pressure.

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Preston have lost 16 league games this season; only bottom club Wycombe Wanderers have lost more Championship games than North End.

This is a transition season, but the calls from Preston fans for Neil to be axed are growing louder and louder as the defeats rack up.

Neil needed support from somewhere this weekend, and it came from winger Sinclair as he raved about the Scot’s approach.

Sinclair admitted that it is ‘great’ to work under Neil, praising his attention to detail when it comes to tactics, as well as his hard work and determination when preparing his side.

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“I feel things are going very well for me, and it’s great working under the gaffer. He is so into tactics, we have a lot of meetings before and after training, and going into games. You can see from the preparation that he puts in that he is a hard-working, really determined manager.”

Fans may disagree with that assessment, but Sinclair works with Neil every day – and has worked with some very big-name managers in his career.

The 31-year-old has hit eight goals this season but didn’t make an appearance against Cardiff on Saturday; maybe we’ll see him against Queens Park Rangers in midweek.

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