PNE boss expects quiet Rovers revolution

Jordan Rhodes is Blackburn's leading scorer with eight goals in the Championship

Jordan Rhodes is Blackburn's leading scorer with eight goals in the Championship

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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is expecting ‘tweaks’ rather than wholesale changes from his new Blackburn counterpart Paul Lambert for Saturday’s derby clash at Deepdale.

Lambert was appointed as Rovers boss last Sunday and his first game in charge of them is the short trip down the M65.

It is a second game in a row that Grayson has shared the technical area with a new manager, QPR having been overseen by interim head coach Neil Warnock.

Grayson said: “There is the extra spice of Blackburn having a new manager in charge.

“I would say it is a little bit different to when we went to QPR.They had a few more options for Neil Warnock – he had a bigger squad to choose from.

“Blackburn are a bit more restricted in terms of what they can do.

“They cannot go out and bring in three or four new players on loan because of the embargo they are under.

“I know about their squad, what they available, I have an idea about how they are going to play.

“I don’t think Paul will change it radically because there aren’t the options to go and do that but I’m sure he will tweak a few things.

“We are respectful of them but it is about what we do.

“Being the home side, we want to go and take the game to them.”

Grayson is well aware of the potential threat which Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes will pose, having managed him at Huddersfield for a few months in 2012.

“Jordan’s record speaks for itself,” said 
Grayson.

“He is one of the best strikers outside of the Premier League and that is why a lot of clubs have looked at him.

“Full credit to Blackburn that they have turned down offers of £10m to £12m in the past year or so.

“Jordan knows where the back of the net is, which is crucial to any 
striker.

“Hopefully our defenders continue in the same manner that they have done in the last few weeks.

“They have made it difficult for Charlie Austin and some other top strikers to get anywhere near our goal.”

Lambert, who has ex-PNE boss Alan Irvine as his No.2, has a clear idea how he wants Rovers to play.

The Scotsman said: “I’m not going to say everything is going to click into place right away but, in my own mind, I know the way we want to play.

“In the league there have been a lot of draws, but not too many defeats, and we’ve got to try and turn the draws into wins.”