PNE up against familiar face

Gillingham's Amine Linganzi played one game for Preston in 2010
Gillingham's Amine Linganzi played one game for Preston in 2010
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Preston North End could be facing a blast from the past tonight when they tackle Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

Okay, maybe ‘blast’ is stretching a point, as Amine Linganzi’s time at Deepdale was very short.

The midfielder joined PNE on loan from Blackburn in January 2010, one of the first signings made by Phil Brown after his appointment.

Algeria-born Linganzi, who kicked off his career in France with St Etienne, was to pull on the Lilywhites shirt just the once.

That was against Leicester and he lasted until just before half-time before pulling up with a groin injury.

He was to later pop up at Accrington Stanley after his release by Blackburn, and for the last 16 months has been playing for Gillingham.

Although not a regular starter, 24-year-old Linganzi was in the Gills side which drew 1-1 against Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday.

So he could well face North End in Kent, the visitors making the trip in search of a sixth successive victory.

Linganzi’s inclusion at the weekend came as Gills manager Peter Taylor looked for a response to a 3-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe in their previous match.

With Rochdale going quite well, it looks like Taylor did get a response of sorts from his Gillingham side.

Taylor said: “I was delighted with the character of the players.

“We stuck at it, we didn’t give in and if we were to stop making wrong decisions I think we will get a bit more confidence in our games. We make wrong decisions and put ourselves under pressure and that’s why at times we are on the back foot – that’s just about learning the game.

“The work-rate of the players and the belief they could get back in it was very good.

“If they get the second we have a bigger problem but while it’s one you have to keep going and they didn’t get the second.

“Against Scunthorpe last Saturday we didn’t show that we can fight and that was a disappointing performance for us.”

Cody McDonald netted the Gills’ 83rd-minute equaliser against Rochdale, the striker’s fifth goal of the campaign.

McDonald, 28, now hopes that the draw can be built on against North End in order to make amends for the heavy defeat to Scunthorpe.

He said: “It is going to be a tough game against Preston.

“We have just come off the back of a loss at home but we seem to play well against better teams.

“Hopefully that’s the case on Tuesday night.

“We are not going to win every game at home and the manager has said we are not the best team in this league. We have to work harder than other teams.

“The fans have been great home and away and obviously it was disappointing last week against Scunthorpe. We do owe the fans something and it is important we do bounce back.”

North End won 2-1 in Kent last year with Keith Keane and Josh Brownhill netting.