PNE on War footing

Greg Cunningham has helped PNE keep five clean sheets in a row
Greg Cunningham has helped PNE keep five clean sheets in a row
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Preston North End will renew an old acquaintance with Neil Warnock tomorrow as they look to stretch their unbeaten run at Queens Park Rangers.

Warnock took temporary charge of QPR on Wednesday after head coach Chris Ramsey was sacked.

His and PNE’s paths have crossed many times down the years and the technical area at Loftus Road could well be a lively place.

North End head to London on the back of a five-match unbeaten run in which they have not conceded a goal.

PNE assistant-boss Glynn Snodin said: “Neil is a great fella who has a lot of passion for the game.

“On the touchline he wants to win every ball and header – it’s how he is.

“We started our preparation for this game before the change at QPR.

“Things there could change a lot with Neil, in terms of how he sets them up and which players he uses.

“That is something we need to be aware of but our main focus is on ourselves.

“We are on a good run and the five clean sheets says a lot about how well we have done.

“This is a tough game, the same as any we go into in this division.

“Hopefully we can get it by the scruff of the neck, impose what we are good at and come away with the points.

“We know that QPR are good at home but our away form is good.”

Snodin and Simon Grayson will be tempted to go ‘same again’ in terms of the team.

They have seen the improvised back three of Calum Woods, Bailey Wright and Greg Cunningham keep four of the clean sheets in the run of five.

Up front, Eoin Doyle and Joe Garner will get another run, Doyle having netted the winner against Nottingham Forest in midweek.

Said Snodin: “The clean sheets have been great for us and now we have to build the other side of it.

“If we can get the scoring going, hopefully we can move up the table.

“It was nice for Eoin to get his first goal for us the other night and hopefully Joe gets one shortly.

“Once strikers get going, they start scoring naturally.

There will be an enforced change on the bench due to a one-game ban for John Welsh.

He was booked in the latter stages of the Forest match after coming on as a sub, that his fifth yellow card this term.

PNE keeper Jordan Pickford has been named in the England Under-21s squad for the games against Bosnia in Sarajevo next Thursday, and Switzerland at Brighton a week on Monday.

l Preston will use their loyalty point system when selling their allocation of 2,399 tickets for the derby at Burnley on December 5.

Sales on Monday and Tuesday are to fans with 270 or more loyalty points.

On Wednesday, sales are for those with 260 points, with 50 points needed to buy on Friday. General sale is on November 16.