PRESTON boss Alex Neil was satisfied his side had to play ugly to stop the rot against Hull City.
The 2-1 comeback success was the club’s first win at Deepdale since December 16 – and the former Hamilton Accies gaffer was delighted.
Neil said: “At this stage of the season, I said this to the lads, winning the game is more important than performances at times.
“You can play really well, but, if you don’t get anything at the end of it, it doesn’t really matter.
“Points are the prizes just now.
“We didn’t start the game well and I think it took us 15 minutes to understand what the game was about.
“We conceded the first goal, it was quite fortunate, it looped into the net. Lesser teams give up to an extent, but we didn’t do that, we put our foot to the gas and managed to get two goals.”
Neil’s opposite number Nigel Adkins said: “Against a good Preston side, we’ve come away from home, started well, nullified a lot of strengths they have, put the ball in right areas and scored a great goal.
“The big turning point for me is just before half-time, the referee wrongly gives the decision to award a penalty.
“It’s not a penalty and the linesman is closest to it. It’s hard for the referee to see it, so how can you give the decision?
“For me, it changed the whole complexion of the game.”
The visitors took the lead when Jarrod Bowen’s effort from ex-Celt Jackson Irvine’s pass deflected past Declan Rudd just before the half-hour mark.
Neil’s men levelled with a header from Greg Cunningham in the 36th minute before Alan Browne scored their second from the spot after the match official deemed Fraizer Campbell had fouled Billy Bodin just before the interval.
Struggling Hull have not won an away league game since a 1-0 victory at Barnsley on October 21 with their latest failure keeping them in the relegation zone.