PNE face being without key players through suspension

Joe Garnerwas shokced to be sent off on Saturday
Joe Garnerwas shokced to be sent off on Saturday
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Preston North End were today counting the cost of their encounter with Wolves as they faced up to losing Joe Garner and Bailey Wright to suspension.

Garner will miss the games against Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff and Charlton after his red card in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

The international break coming in between the Wednesday and Cardiff matches, means that it will be October 24 until the striker returns.

He saw red for a high challenge on Wolves skipper Danny Batth in the 20th minute, North End unlikely to appeal it despite them fuming with the performance of referee Trevor Kettle.

Wright joined Garner down the tunnel nine minutes from time, getting his marching orders for two yellows.

That rules him out of the visit to Wednesday next week.

A caution for John Welsh put the midfielder on four bookings, leaving him one yellow away from a ban.

Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson met with Mr Kettle half an hour after the final whistle to argue North End’s case on a number of issues.

Grayson said: “I asked questions of him but he was not necessarily in agreement and was obviously going to back his own corner.

“There were 13,000 supporters in the stadium who are knowledgeable.

“The reception he got from them during the game, at half-time and at full-time, shows what they felt.”

Grayson argued that Garner’s high challenge was not malicious, with him looking at the ball and not Batth when competing for it.

He felt Wright’s two yellows were also ‘soft’.

Asked if an appeal for Garner was possible, Grayson said: “You’ve got to ask yourself how many red cards get overturned?

“When it is blatantly obvious you would appeal but when there is a potential grey area you are not going to succeed.

“I did say to Joe before the game that he could be on a tightrope given who was refereeing.

“I said ‘behave yourself and look after yourself’ but he has suffered the consequences.”

PNE gave a debut to Adam Reach on Saturday after signing the winger on a 93-day loan from Middlesbrough.

The deal was only announced an hour before kick-off, Wolves having also been in the hunt for him.

Said Grayson: “I spoke with someone at Boro last week about a couple of things and they asked whether we fancied taking Adam?

“I didn’t think for one moment they would be prepared to let him out because he has been in and around their team this season.”

Meanwhile, PNE South Ribble Supporters’ Club are holding a fans’ forum tomorrow night at the Lostock Hall Conservative Club (7.30pm).

Preston players Jordan Hugill, Greg Cunningham and Eoin Doyle will be the special guests.