Snod’s nod to PNE’s squad strength

Josh Brownhill, right, is congratulated after scoring against Crewe
Josh Brownhill, right, is congratulated after scoring against Crewe
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Assistant-boss Glynn Snodin believes whatever team Preston North End field tonight, it will be more than a match for Premier League outfit Watford.

PNE welcome the Hornets to Deepdale in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

In the opening-round 3-1 win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, PNE boss Simon Grayson made a number of changes to the starting XI which had played against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season.

There is every likelihood that Grayson – with one eye on Saturday’s important league trip to Hull City – will give another opportunity to some of his fringe players.

And that could mean run-out for players such as Calum Woods, Marnick Vermijl, Alan Browne and Josh Brownhill, who scored the third goal against Crewe.

“We changed it against Crewe and it did not really weaken the side,” Snodin said.

“Players like Brownhill and Browne came in and adapted.

“They want to prove that they are knocking on the door to be regulars in the first team.

“It’s just that the way the lads are performing at the moment, it is difficult for them to get in the team.”

North End enjoyed some success in the cup competitions last year.

They reached the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and enjoyed a memorable run in the FA Cup before losing to Manchester United in the fifth round.

Snodin admitted the Capital One Cup is very high on the list of priorities for the club. “The cup is very important to us,” Snodin said. “We want to go as far as we can.

“If you get to the final it’s a great day. We know what it’s like at Wembley and enjoying those kind of days.

“We want to win every game. We’re not going to be thinking, ‘Oh it’s just a Capital One Cup game’.”

Snodin revealed he and Grayson are preparing their men to face a different Watford team than that which drew against Southampton just a couple of days ago.

Hornets manager Quique Sanchez Flores will be well aware that his team face a trip to Manchester City on Saturday and with a big squad at his disposal, he could conceivably make 11 changes.

“I think there will be changes,” Snodin said.

“When you think that they haven’t changed the game to the Wednesday night, it 
shows that they have got a big game coming up at the weekend.

“Whether there will be eight, nine, 10 changes – we know that there are going to be big changes, but they will still be a decent outfit.

“But when the draw was made I thought it was fantastic, getting a Premier League club.

“You want to pit your wits against better players and they have a lot of foreign players, who will have some good technical ability.

“They’ve had three Premier League games and not lost yet – a couple of cleans sheets as well.”