PNE’s black sabbath

Will Keane is set to start PNE's cup tie against Bournemouth
Will Keane is set to start PNE's cup tie against Bournemouth
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Preston North End will take a break from their league struggles and look for the Capital One Cup to give them a boost tonight.

They host Bournemouth at Deepdale, this a chance to get the better of another Premier League club after disposing of Watford in the last round.

North End’s build up to the game included a Sunday session which was used to reflect on the defeat against Brentford.

It was a rare cancellation of a day off on the Sabbath but Lilywhites No.2 Glynn Snodin says it was done for all the right reasons and not necessarily as a punishment.

Snodin said: “We had the lads in on Sunday to analyse everything with the players,

“We showed them what they had done right at Brentford and what had been wrong – it wasn’t all a disaster.

“In the first half there was a lot of positive stuff – how we played and how we took the game to them.

“But the second half was completely different and hopefully we have put it right for tonight’s game and for the rest of the season.

“Having them in was done on the back of Saturday’s result. We wanted to put things to bed rather than have them come in yesterday and be moping about.

“It meant we could start afresh in training yesterday and now we want to show some positive stuff against Bournemouth.

“Sunday wasn’t just a case of making them sit there, watching the DVD and listening to us talk.

“We also wanted to hear what they had to say. When you look at the results, we have not been playing terribly and getting smashed by the other team.

“It is about fine margins and we are getting punished in the Championship for things you might have got away with in League One.

“If a team had a good 20-minute spell in League One, you might be able to get away with it.

“In the Championship it is different – there is a lot more quality there.”

PNE boss Simon Grayson is likely to resist making too many changes tonight.

He will definitely have two to make, with Joe Garner suspended and Eoin Doyle cup-tied, having already played for parent club Cardiff in this season’s competition.

Will Keane is likely to come into the attack alongside Stevie May, Keane’s one goal this season coming against Crewe in the first round.

Paul Gallagher will again be missing with a calf injury, with the Wolves game on Saturday or the visit to Sheffield Wednesday possible return dates for the midfielder.

Bournemouth come north on the back of a 2-0 home win against Sunderland.

Snodin said: “They have done fantastically well to get to the Premier League.

“It was great what we did against Watford, another side from the Premier League, in the last round.

“It would be nice if we could do that again tonight and get another home tie.”