Frankie McAvoy’s Sky Blue thinking ahead of Preston North End’s trip to the Midlands

Frankie McAvoy has given no hint at experimenting with the Preston side now that they have all but secured their Championship status.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:00 am

PNE head to the Midlands to play Coventry tomorrow with 52 points in the bag.

Mathematically they are not quite safe yet but it would take a big swing of results to drag them back into danger.

Interim head coach McAvoy has a decent-sized squad to select from but is focused on finishing the season as strongly as possible.

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Preston midfielder Ben Whiteman celebrates scoring against Derby in midweek

So it might be that having a look at players in the squad will have to wait beyond tomorrow.

Certainly those players who started the 3-0 win over Derby on Tuesday night will think they have done enough to start again.

Ben Whiteman got his first goal in a Preston shirt to start the ball rolling on beating the Rams and will be looking to build on that. There were decent displays in other areas of the pitch too.

McAvoy said: “We will look at the team and treat everything on merit.

“Everyone is available for selection and we’ll put out a team which we think gives us the best opportunity to win the three points.

“We’ll deal with the Coventry game first and then look at the two after that.

“Here we give everyone the same chance – go and perform well in training and you will be in the plans.

“I can’t please everyone though, I can’t keep everyone happy. I’ll do my utmost to try and get three points for Preston.”

McAvoy has seen his side take eight points from the five games he has been in charge for, a solid return.

It has pushed them up the table and tomorrow’s hosts Coventry are in a similar boat in moving out of danger.

They have won three on the bounce to lift themselves to within one point of PNE.

The Sky Blues have been lodging at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s ground for the last two seasons.

So tomorrow’s clash will be a return for North End to a venue where they beat Birmingham 1-0 in January.

Said McAvoy: “Coventry have been in a similar position to what we were in.

“Birmingham too, the three of us have done well to get to where we are.

“It should be a good game, I’m looking forward to it, the players are, and hopefully we can get the right result.

“The game will be a tough one, Coventry have gone a bit more direct than they were in the past.

“I thought they played very well at Deepdale even though we beat them.

“They’ve been on a good run recently and credit to them, they’ve done very well.

“We’re doing well, though, we’re looking to get a win.”