PNE want home comforts

Back in action: Stuart Beavon is in contention for a return after illness
Back in action: Stuart Beavon is in contention for a return after illness
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Simon Grayson hopes that Preston North End have turned the corner in terms of their form at Deepdale after successive home wins.

PNE host Coventry City today (3pm) on the back of victories over Ipswich and Port Vale.

That had followed a sticky spell in front of the faithful when they won only two of eight home matches.

But confidence looks to have been restored, with Port Vale beaten 3-2 on New Year’s Day and then Ipswich by the same scoreline on Tuesday night in the FA Cup.

Lilywhites boss Grayson told the Evening Post: “The other night we gave away a couple of poor goals but otherwise put in a decent performance to beat Ipswich.

“Against Port Vale we had a nervous last 10 minutes but other than that played very well.

“We want to get points back on the board here – it is valuable for our supporters at home to see us win matches.

“If we can be averaging four points every two games in the next few months, we won’t be far away at the end of the season. We don’t have issues with playing at home – it is a good place to be.

“Against Coventry there will be a good atmosphere and the players are looking forward to it.

“The back-to-back victories at Deepdale have stopped the tide of drawing and losing games here. We are ready to kick on from here and pick up some more good results.”

The visit of Coventry is part of a busy spell of games for Grayson’s men. They go to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup next Friday, before hitting the road again the following Tuesday to play Bradford City.

They then have two home games against Notts County on February 1 and Rotherham four days later.

Squad wise, Stuart Beavon will be available for today’s game after illness kept him at home for the Wolves defeat.

The striker was an unused substitute against Ipswich, and he got a 45-minute run-out in a friendly game at Blackburn on Thursday, finding the net in a 3-3 draw.

John Mousinho played the first half as he started his comeback from a hamstring tear sustained during his loan spell at Gillingham.

Meanwhile, Preston have appointed Ronan Kavanagh as fitness coach until the end of the season.

He takes over from Adrian Lamb who has joined MLS side Toronto FC.

Said Grayson: “Adrian got an opportunity to go and work with Toronto – he knows their head coach Ryan Nelsen from his time at Blackburn.

“He felt it was a good chance to go to the MLS and work in that environment.

“Adrian is a single lad, it is a different lifestyle over there and this is a new era of his career.

“It was a tough decision for him, and was probably a 51/49 split on which way he went – we were sorry to lose him.

“We have brought in Ronan Kavanagh until the end of the season.

“He has worked with Wales a little bit, and my friend who is head of the sport science department at Liverpool has recommended him.”