PNE star ready for derby clash

Marnick Vermijl
Marnick Vermijl
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Marnick Vermijl has enjoyed playing his part in Preston North End’s improved form and hopes that can continue in the derby clash with Bolton this weekend.

Vermijl played in the 3-0 win at Charlton and last Saturday’s goalless draw with Brighton, operating at right wing-back in a 3-5-2 system.

Before that, the Belgian defender was a substitute in the 0-0 draw against Cardiff, replacing Tom Clarke when the skipper went off with a shoulder injury.

“Things have gone well for us in the last couple of games,” Vermijl told the Evening Post.

“We went to Charlton, kept a clean sheet and scored three unbelievable goals.

“It was a good draw against Brighton and we had a couple of good chances.

“Maybe we were unlucky not to get three points from that one but a draw at the leaders was still a good result.

“I like the wing-back role which I’ve been playing in, I had played it before at Manchester United.

“It is a bit different because you find yourself up against both the opposition left-back and the left-winger, so you are almost doing two jobs.

“But if we switch play well as a team, we can get a lot of joy because there is plenty of space to run into.

“The system is working well because we’ve kept two clean sheets in two away games and have picked up four points.

“We are now aiming for the three points on Saturday when we play Bolton.

“Like us, they haven’t made the best start to the season.

“It is tough when you find yourselves at the wrong end of the table but in this league a couple of wins can move you up quickly because it is quite tight.

“In this division everyone can beat each other and every game is a tough test.”

Vermijl has played 11 times for Preston since joining on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday, seven of those appearances being starts.

North End’s recent good form on the road and a sizeable away following from Bolton, should ensure a decent crowd on Saturday.

It is a 6pm kick-off, the later start down to Sky Sports not wanting a clash with the Rugby Union World Cup final earlier in the afternoon.

This will be the first meeting between PNE and Wanderers since the 2001 play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

Meanwhile, Bailey Wright has been named in Australia’s squad for their two World Cup qualifiers next month.

The Socceroos play host to Kyrgyzstan in Canberra on November 12, then are set to face Bangladesh five days later.

But they want the visit to Dhaka moved to a neutral country because of a terrorism threat in Bangladesh.

The Aussie cricket team recently pulled out of a tour to Bangladesh on security grounds.

North End left-back Greg Cunningham is in a 39-man provisional squad for Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia. The squad will be cut next week.