PNE aim to keep Wolves from door

Defender Kortney Hause has started all seven of Wolves' league games this season

Defender Kortney Hause has started all seven of Wolves' league games this season

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Preston and Wolves share a common goal as they get ready to meet at Deepdale this weekend.

Both are in need of the points to get themselves heading up the table after slow starts to the campaign in terms of results.

Wolves sit in 18th place, two points better off than PNE who dropped into the bottom three last week.

Better might have been expected from the Molineux men, bearing in mind their seventh-place finish last term.

However, as PNE manager Simon Grayson acknowledges, these are early days for both clubs in a long campaign.

Grayson is looking forward to meeting the challenge which Kenny Jackett’s side will present in what is an historic fixture.

This will be the 117th meeting between Preston and Wolves.

Founder members of the Football League, they were opponents in the second week of the first ever season in September 1888 – North End 4-0 winners that day.

Casting his eye over Wolves, Grayson said: “Kenny has done a fantastic job there.

“The season before last, we started off against them at Deepdale in front of 17,000.

“They did done ever so well to get to where they did last season.

“You know what you get with Kenny, he has his teams organised, disciplined and hard working.

“But they have a threat going forward as well.

“In Benik Afobe they have one of the best strikers in the division.

“Wolves did well to keep hold of him on transfer deadline day when big figures and a move into the Premier League were being talked about.

“League tables can be misleading at times, although no one wants to be in the bottom six or seven at any time.

“There is a long way to go – you only have to win one game and you can move up six or seven places.

“Both ourselves and Wolves would like to be further up the table but it is early.

“Kenny will know what we are about and what threats we have got. We want to build off how well we played on Tuesday night.

“There were a lot of positives from that game, some good individual performances and we showed a good response which was a big thing for me.”

Wolves’ record in the league so far is won two, drawn two, lost three.

Like Preston, they bowed out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, beaten 3-0 at Middlesbrough.

Jackett made nine changes for that clash, defender Kortney Hause missing his first game of the season in order to keep him fresh to face North End.

Afobe, top scorer with four goals this term, was restricted to a half-hour run as a sub.

Wolves will be without midfielder Conor Coady who is serving the second of a three-game suspension after being sent off in last week’s goalless draw with Brighton.