PNE’s cup half-full

Kevin Davies has completed a three-match suspension
Kevin Davies has completed a three-match suspension
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Glynn Snodin thinks that Preston’s goalless draw with Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup is looking a better result as each game goes by.

The sides meet again tomorrow night in a replay, a solid defensive display at the City Ground 12 days ago earning North End a second crack of the whip against Billy Davies’ men.

In five Championship games either side of the cup clash, Forest have scored 17 goals.

Those statistics, says PNE assistant boss Snodin, put the 0-0 scoreline into context.

The Deepdale replay is being shown live by BT Sport, bringing in a £72,000 broadcast fee for North End.

PNE assistant boss Snodin told the Evening Post: “The Forest replay will be fantastic for the boys.

“You want to test yourselves against sides from a higher division and Nottingham Forest are a great team.

“They have got goals in them and lots of creative players.

“We did well to go to their place the other Friday and come away with a 0-0 draw.

“Late on, we had some good chances to win it.

“Forest have been putting fours and fives past teams in their own division recently, so that says something about how well we did there.

“I think it will be a different game here than it was down at their place because we will have to come out and play a bit more of an open game.”

Whoever comes out on top will be rewarded with a fifth-round trip to Fulham or Sheffield United, who replay at Craven Cottage tonight.

Forest come to Deepdale on the back of consecutive home wins, having beaten Watford 4-2 last Thursday and then Yeovil 3-1 on Sunday. David Kelly, No.2 to Davies at Forest – and his assistant when he was manager of PNE – said: “We were pleased with the three points against Yeovil. We have closed the gap a little bit – but we will now look at Preston.

“We want to beat Preston, we want to go to Fulham or to Bramall Lane. We will be going there strong, looking to win the game.”

North End are without the services tomorrow of Craig Davies, who joined the club on loan from Bolton last Friday.

Davies is cup-tied, having played for Wanderers in their fourth-round defeat to 
Cardiff.

It is likely that Preston’s other Davies – Kevin – will return to the side, having completed a three-match suspension for his red card against Coventry last month.

Said Snodin: “We were pleased with how Craig played on his debut.

“It helped us that he had played the two games for Bolton in the week leading up to us signing him.

“But we also had to be mindful that Saturday was his third game in a week and it was always the intention to substitute him

“With Craig being cup-tied, we can monitor him during the week and get him ready for Saturday.

“We have got Kevin Davies back available after being suspended, while Iain Hume and Stuart Beavon are good strikers too.”

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