Neil Kilkenny believes crowd helped Leeds overcome Preston in controversial Championship clash

The 30-year-old is no stranger to the atmosphere at Elland Road.

Preston North End midfielder Neil Kilkenny believes that Simon Grayson's men did enough to earn a victory during the Championship clash with Leeds United, but admitted that the crowd - that used to cheer his name - drove the home side to a narrow win, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.

The Lilywhites were rocked just after the half-hour mark when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was controversially sent off for a handball outside of the area. And Steve Evans' men cashed in on their numerical advantage just after the break when Alan Browne put through his own net. 

Despite losing their influential goalkeeper early on, Preston rallied in the latter stages, with the Australian himself - who was brought on during the second-half - testing Marco Silvestri on a couple of occasions. However, the Italian managed to keep the attempts at bay, leaving Kilkenny to tell the Lancashire Evening Post about a frustrating afternoon for Grayson's men. 

"I've spent many years here so I know what the crowd can do, they get behind the team and obviously it is hard but I think we put in a good performance in, we dominated the last half hour and we probably should have gone on and won the game it was unlucky that we didn't get a point or even three," he said.

The 30-year-old is certainly no stranger to the impact that the Elland Road crowd can have on the Whites. He made 120 league appearances during a three-and-a-half year spell with the Yorkshire side, helping the club earn promotion back to the Championship in 2010.

Despite the defeat, Preston remain in a decent position following their own promotion from League One last season. Only three sides in the entire division have conceded fewer goals than Grayson's men, and if they can continue that solid defensive form - while also taking the chances that come their way - they will arguably be assured of another season at this level.  

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