Former Charlton defender Patrick Bauer felt the wrath of his new manager after Preston’s 1-0 by Millwall on Saturday.

Bauer left Charlton in high regards this summer after his goal clinched promotion for the Addicks, and in the build up to his competitive Preston debut he alluded to the rivalry between his old employers and Millwall as motivation at the weekend.

Millwall's Jed Wallace’s first half strike however was enough to separate the sides in a game of few chances and Neil was honest when reflecting on his side’s season opener.

Despite many believing the summer signing was a stand-out performer for a disappointing Lillywhites, the Preston boss didn’t hold back when critiquing the German’s performance.

“Was Pat Bauer’s performance a positive? If I’m honest no,” Neil said.

“I don’t think he played well.

“Matt smith caused us problems.

“I don’t think we picked up the runs of Aiden O’Brien, the first three headers Smith flicked them on and gets the ball in behind us.

“You should either win the first header or pick up the second ball and come around quick enough, we didn’t do that.

“So if you turn around and say that’s a positive, we lost the game 1-0, the answer would definitely be a no from me!”

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Neil Harris buoyed by Millwall's win over Preston North End

Millwall has seen a huge overhaul in playing personnel this summer, with Neil Harris staying true to his words of revamping last season’s squad.

Preston did the double over the Lions last campaign, winning 3-2 at Deepdale and more recently walking away from The Den with 3-1 win in February.

The Preston boss’s post-match words would also suggest Harris’s squad this season is superior to last season.

“Apart from Pat Bauer it was the exact same team that came here last year,” he continued.

“It was the exact same style that we played and took them to task last time.

“And credit to them they performed better.”

A sign of good things to come for Millwall.


Report: Millwall 1-0 Preston