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NEIL HAILS EX-MOTHERWELL RIVAL

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ALEX NEIL praised former Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph after Preston’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough.

The Republic of Ireland international No.1, who joined Boro from West Ham in the summer, proved to be unbeatable in the Riverside stalemate.

Ex-Hamilton boss Neil said: “If any team deserved to win, it was us.

“We had the best chances in the game and we deserved a goal.

“It is really frustrating not to get a goal. It was a lack of decision-making in the final side and Darren Randolph made a few good saves.

“We actually had more possession and dominated. I thought we had enough in the game to win it.”

Neil winced as his side failed to score for the third time in four games.

Boro gaffer Garry Monk added: “That was not the performance we wanted.

“We are trying to set a high standard for the players and the club – and we feel disappointment.

“The positive is that we still take a point and got a clean sheet. The point could be valuable, but we wanted three.

“However, I think we were probably lucky to get the result we did.”

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