North End slide a huge worry - Gregan

PNE manager Graham Westley
PNE manager Graham Westley
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Preston North End legend Sean Gregan has his say on the club’s current plight.

Preston are showing relegation form, there’s no two ways about it.

Last week they were eight points clear of the bottom four, now the gap is down to five which is a huge worry.

Three of the sides just below them won on Saturday – obviously Colchester beat North End, while Scunthorpe and Oldham both got victories.

Colchester have won three out of four, Scunthorpe have won two on the bounce and Oldham seem to be getting a new injection of life after Paul Dickov left.

They were impressive as they beat MK Dons and have brought in a couple of strikers from higher up – Lee Barnard and Chris Iwelumo – who can both score goals.

You then contrast that with North End’s form, the last six games in all competitions seeing five defeats and a draw.

What is worrying is that the last two defeats have been against teams in and around them in the League One table.

On paper anyway, North End’s next three games against Yeovil, Bournemouth and Swindon look tough.

But you never know, playing against sides higher up the league might just lower the expectation and take the pressure off slightly.

That said, a club of Preston’s size and tradition should be going anywhere in this league and fancying their chances of getting something.

As I wrote last week, this division isn’t in my view as strong as it has been in recent seasons.

Three times in recent years, North End were knocking on the door of the Premier League having reached the Championship play-offs.

At the moment they’re way off that and like all the fans, I’d love to see the day when that is happening again.