PNE trio take a chance

David Buchanan
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Preston North End’s out-of-favour players have been given a pat on the back for their displays in the midweek victory over Shrewsbury.

David Buchanan, Thorsten Stuckmann and Paul Huntington came out of the cold to make their first appearances of the season in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash.

Lilywhites assistant manager Glynn Snodin felt their solid displays was a testament to a good attitude in training.

“Everyone wants to play all the time and those lads are no different,” Snodin told the Evening Post.

“I thought they did really well and it is a strong squad we have got at the club.

“They have been training right and preparing right and that is why they played well when coming into the team.

“Players will be disappointed when they don’t play but you can’t be unhappy being a footballer.

“It is a great feeling coming into training every morning to play football.

“When you have players who might not have played a lot recently, the message to them is to take your chance when it comes and get in the manager’s face.”

Buchanan has seen both Ben Davies and Scott Laird start ahead of him in the left-back berth this season.

Centre-half Huntington fell out of favour earlier in the year, and Stuckmann is back-up to No.1 Jamie Jones.

Snodin revealed that a late international call for Andy Little meant the PNE team had to be changed ahead of kick-off.

Little had been on stand-by for Northern Ireland ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Hungary on Sunday, and an injury for Brentford’s Stuart Dallas saw him get the call just a few hours before Shrewsbury’s visit.

Said Snodin: “Michael O’Neill phoned on Tuesday afternoon to call up Andy.

“That was great for Andy but probably not as great for our preparation.

“It is a nice boost for him to join up with Northern Ireland and hopefully get another international cap.

“Sometimes you lose players shortly before a game and fortunately we have a strong squad to cover that.”

Little is one of four Preston players away with their country.

Bailey Wright could make his Australia debut against Belgium in Liege tonight.

The Socceroos are also in action on Monday at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground when they take on Saudi Arabia.

Right-back Scott Wiseman is in Portugal preparing for Gibraltar’s qualifier against Poland in Faroe on Sunday.

Further afield, winger Chris Humphrey is in Jamaica’s squad for next week’s friendly with Canada.

Meanwhile, North End season ticket holders are being offered reduced admission to Preston Grasshoppers’ opening game of the campaign on Saturday against Hull.

On production of their PNE season ticket, adults will be charged £6, concessions £4 and Under-16s go in for free. Standard adult admission is £8.

Kick-off at Lightfoot Green on Saturday is 2.30pm. North End are without a game this weekend.