Preston North End head coach Frankie McAvoy gave a passionate post-match interview after his team beat Coventry City 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Lilywhites came into the game searching for their first win in eight and second half goals from Patrick Bauer and Emil Riis turned the game on its head.

North End clinched a needed three points on home soil ahead of Saturday's derby clash at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool.

On Monday, ahead of the game, PNE forward Tom Barkhuizen gave an interview that sparked plenty of reaction.

READ MORE: PNE player ratings vs Coventry as Riis and Earl shine in comeback win

"We spoke to them at half-time and said we need to get up the pitch, more aggressive and in their faces," he said post-match. "I felt the players were excellent - hunger, desire, application.

"I knew it was a big week for us, some people sitting here are probably disappointed we've won - the group we've got here are honest and things that get said and printed, I have no control over that.

"I give my utmost, I have a young coach in Paul Gallagher, Thommo who is more experienced and Mike Pollitt - we are a tight group and at the end of the day, sometimes when things come out it becomes difficult because it makes it harder.

"100 per cent you can get criticism but there is criticism and then being overly-criticised; since we've been in charge we've won 11 and drawn eight from 25.

"I know we've drawn a lot but I don't wear this that we could've lost all of those games, that's a nonsense and everybody knows it's a nonsense; we might not have played well.

"I am glad we had the guts to stick to our system tonight because there has been a lot of pressure for us to change it.

"The 3-5-2 in the main has served us well; at the end of the day we all read things and see things but we are not in control of that.

"What is said and what people write is up to them but we do our best for Preston North End, that is what we do and Saturday was probably as poor as we've been.

"I don't think we got better because Derby were a League Two club, I don't think that is anywhere near the way we got better.

"I am honest, that is the one thing about me and it is the best way to be - I know some people might not like that.

"I hope that (win) is paying back the fans that came out in their thousands on Saturday, the Hemmings family and Peter (Ridsdale) as well - that was the rallying call, we needed to put in a better performance and the only people that can do that are us.

"I am just delighted for the good, honest Preston fans."

Download the LancsLive app for free on iPhone here and Android here.

Don't miss a thing from the club you love! For all the latest updates on Preston North End, sign up to our free newsletter packed with all the latest news here.