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Preston Manager Alex Neil Clearly Thinks Very Highly Of Seani Maguire

Preston Manager Alex Neil Clearly Thinks Very Highly Of Seani Maguire
By PJ Browne
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Seani Maguire had an eventful 30 minutes for Preston North End on Saturday afternoon against Fulham.

The Ireland international set up the opening goal of the game for Jordan Hugill. He then, with a considerable bit of fortune, was credited with the goal which put his side ahead 2-0.

Maguire's afternoon would be over five minutes after his goal: he left the pitch with a hamstring injury.

Preston would fail to keep hold of their advantage. Two goals in the last 20 minutes of the game, the equaliser coming five into injury time, would dig out a 2-2 draw for Fulham.

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After the game, Preston manager Alex Neil said he was hoping Maguire's injury was not too severe, he already believes the 23-year-old to be a 'key player' for his side.

That was a sentiment which Neil reiterated when speaking to the media on Wednesday ahead of Preston's game against Wolves this weekend.

Neil said that if Maguire had remained in the game against Fulham, there was no doubt in his mind that Preston would have won.

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He’s going to be a doubt, anything with your hamstring is a concern and it was a major blow for us on Saturday.

I fully believe that if he had stayed on the pitch on Saturday we would have won the game.

In his 11 Championship appearances for Preston since moving during the summer, Maguire has made a noticeable impact. He's scored three times and provided three assists.

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Hopefully, the injury will not prevent Maguire from being part of the Ireland squad for next month's playoff games against Denmark.

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