As it happened: Preston North End 2-0 Coventry City
It's back on home turf this evening for Preston North End, they welcome Coventry City to Deepdale in the Championship.
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LIVE: PNE vs Coventry City
Last updated: Tuesday, 29 December, 2020, 20:04
- Full Time: PNE 2-0 Coventry City
- PNE Starting XI: Rudd, Huntington, Davies, Hughes, Fisher, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson, Earl, Maguire, Barkhuizen.
- North End are looking to make it three in a row in the league and three in a row at home.
- Coventry are winless in three but sit clear of the relegation zone.
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Alex Neil says pitches are suffering
Preston North End manager Alex Neil thinks pitches are starting to show signs of wear and tear because the shortened close season prevented repair work being done on them.
Neil referenced Derby County’s pitch being heavy after PNE beat them 1-0 on Boxing Day.
He was at pains to say he wasn’t singling Pride Park out, pointing out many stadiums had the same issue.
Speaking after the Derby game, Neil said: “I know the pitch looked good when you were looking down at it – I came to watch a game here the other week – but it was really poor when you were on it."
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With games continuing to come thick and fast, we may see Alex Neil shuffle his pack.
The Scot named an unchanged side last time out but Paul Gallagher rarely manages two games in quick succession and Scott Sinclair pulled up injured too.
Ryan Ledson could well come back in for the PNE veteran Gallagher but who is deployed out wide instead of Sinclair, should he not be fit, will be interesting.
Let’s finish in style...
PNE Starting XI: Rudd, Huntington, Davies, Hughes, Fisher, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson, Earl, Maguire, Barkhuizen.
PNE Subs: Ripley, Storey, Rafferty, Ledson, Bayliss, Harrop, Potts, Riis, Stockley.
Just the one change for PNE as Scott Sinclair is not fit and Andrew Hughes comes in for him.
It looks like it could be three at the back for North End tonight, with Earl as wing back and Barkhuizen partnering Maguire up top.
How the visitors will line up...
Last season’s 2-0 defeat to Reading in the last game of the year was the only time in the last seven years that PNE have lost their last game of the calendar year.
They’ve won three and drawn three previously, the Reading loss last season interrupting what had been excellent home form until then.
Finishing even stronger
Seven years and one loss isn’t bad from PNE, but Coventry haven’t lost their final game of a calendar year for nine years.
They’ve won five and drawn four, winning each of their last three in a row to see out the years.
Maybe it isn’t a back five...
We’re underway at a frosty Deepdale!