Turner boys suffer from a travel bug

Back at Deepdale: Former Preston midfielder Paul Parry will be in town again

Back at Deepdale: Former Preston midfielder Paul Parry will be in town again

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Preston North End’s meeting with Shrewsbury tomorrow provides an interesting clash of form patterns.

In a nutshell, North End cannot win at home and the Shrews have been poor travellers all season.

Just once have they won away, a 1-0 success at Coventry City on New Year’s Day.

The clubs’ respective records go head-to-head as the Shropshire outfit make their first visit to Deepdale in more than 12 years.

Shrewsbury have picked up just nine points on the road this season, drawing six games in addition to that solitary win.

At Greenhous Meadow they have been much stronger, winning five times and drawing seven.

It is that form which has put a five-point cushion between them and the relegation zone.

As the campaign goes on, they recognise that they need to find a cure for their travel sickness.

The Shrews tasted victory over North End at home in August, ex-PNE winger Paul Parry’s early strike securing a 1-0 win.

Looking ahead to the return fixture, Town boss Graham Turner said: “There can be pressure there from the supporters.

“Preston expected a good season so that just adds to it.

“But it’s up to us to go there keep the crowd quiet.

“We have to realise that Preston have some good players – we know one of them in Nicky Wroe.

“It’s still a difficult game for us and we need to put in the same level of performance which got us the win at Coventry last month.”

Shrewsbury come to Preston having lost just once in their last 10 games.

Seven of those have ended in draws, Turner’s men very much a favourite on the pools coupon.

They shared a goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury last Saturday.

That put them back on a level footing after a 2-0 defeat at Swindon the week before.

Right-back Cameron Gayle, who is on loan with the Shrews from West Bromwich Albion, says it is important they start winning to banish any relegation fears.

Gayle said: “We’ve got some tough fixtures but if we can turn some of these draws into wins then we can pull away from the relegation zone.

“We’ve got to look above us as we’ve only had two defeats in 13.

“If we win at Preston we can start climbing the table pretty quickly.”

For August match-winner Parry, this will be his first return to Deepdale since leaving in the summer at the end of his contract.

Talks stalled over a new deal, with him opting to join the Shrews on a Bosman.

The Welshman has been on the bench in recent games after returning from injury.

Parry is Shrewsbury’s joint-second highest scorer with five goals to his name, a number he shares with midfielder Jon Taylor.

Marvin Morgan leads the way with six, and he’s set to line-up in the attack tomorrow together with Luke 

Shrewsbury last visited Deepdale in September 2000 for a League Cup tie, North End winning 4-1 with Jon Macken hitting a hat-trick.

Their last league game in this neck of the woods was in October 1996.