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Preston North End starlet seals exit, Derby County receive boost in international defender chase

Preston North End were thrashed 4-0 by Mick McCarthy's resurgent Cardiff City last weekend, despite dominating possession in their Championship clash.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 9:15 am

Speaking after the demoralising defeat, Lilywhites captain Alan Browne admitted that the side's pre-season hopes of making the play-offs now look to be unlikely to happen.

He stated: "I think, being realistic, the play-offs are a long way off. Other than something magnificent happening, which at the moment I don't see.

"It's all about being as strong as we can possibly can. We have a lot of new players and we haven't clicked straight away, and in preparation for next season we need to gel.

"Our ambition all along was the play-offs, but we are not up there. We can't feel sorry for ourselves, because we could easily get dragged into it at the other end if we got on a bad run - we need results."

Tomorrow night, Preston will look to bounce back with a much-needed win, when they take on QPR - a side they beat 2-0 back in October - at Deepdale.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, ahead of the midweek action.

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