Lee gives dad inside track on PNE

Kieffer Moore has scored two goals in 13 appearances for Yeovil this season

Kieffer Moore has scored two goals in 13 appearances for Yeovil this season

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There was no need for Yeovil manager Gary Johnson to send someone from his club on a scouting mission this week.

With North End up against Oldham Athletic – who are managed by Lee Johnson – on Tuesday night, all the Glovers boss needed to do was pick up the phone to his son the following day to get the inside track on Simon Grayson’s men.

Johnson junior will no doubt have had plenty to say to his old man, especially after watching his side get knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Boundary Park via a mammoth penalty shootout 10-9.

Grayson said: “I am sure Lee Johnson will have given his dad the low down on us after the other night.”

But it appears Gary Johnson is well aware of the capabilities of North End in any case.

He believes Grayson has assembled the best squad of players at Deepdale in the entire division.

“Preston, 100 per cent in my opinion, are one of the top two, if not the top, squad in the division,” he said.

“They’re under pressure to get promoted this year, I am sure, with what they have spent and the squad that they have got together.

“Obviously, they had a great result at Bristol City last Saturday but they’re not assured – going away from home – of getting a result tomorrow.

“We’re going to have to be right on song to make sure we’re in the game.

“We have got our group feeling confident going into the game because of previous performances.

“I’ve been pleased with our last three or four performances. We have looked better than we had done previously. We have been more solid, we have been creating more opportunities and playing good football.

“That’s what keeps you in good stead and confident.

“Confidence comes from winning but also from playing well.

“You have got to put that all together and put away your chances.”

While Grayson may not quite have a family member to call upon to learn about the relative merits of Yeovil, he did reveal he knows all about the strengths of the Somerset-based outfit.

It is his belief that Yeovil – who were relegated from the Championship last season – are in a false position this term.

The Huish Park outfit currently reside in the relegation zone of League One, having won just four of their 18 league games so far this season.

They were successful in their last outing on Saturday when they defeated Notts County at Meadow Lane but that was their first three points in nine games.

“I am a little surprised to see Yeovil where they are in the table,” said Grayson.

“I think any side who comes down from the Championship...their first intent will be to try to get back into it.

“They’ve had a bit of a change around in terms of personnel and I do think they have underachieved a little bit this season.

“But we have had them watched in the last four games and they probably haven’t got the results that they’ve deserved.”

Yeovil strengthened their squad yesterday before the loan window closed at 5pm.

Young Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves moved to Huish Park on loan and will be considered for selection tomorrow.

The 22-year-old has made just four senior appearances for the Trotters since joining them from Oldham Athletic in 2010 but has a proven track record in front of goal from temporary spells with Shrewsbury Town in League One and Bristol Rovers in League Two.

“I have been aware of Tom for some time and I have always seen something in his play,” Johnson said

One Yeovil player who will definitely be out of the game tomorrow is Ben Nugent.

The 21-year-old former Cardiff City defender was booked for dissent last weekend – his fifth yellow card 
of the season – which automatically rules him out tomorrow.

“Nuge got a yellow card that I was disappointed with,” said Johnson.