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THE INSIDE TRACK: PRESTON

15 April 2017

Our guide to The Lilywhites

NORWICH City travel to Preston North End on Good Monday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture against The Lilywhites.

IN THE PRESS
Preston North End boss spoke of disappointment following Huddersfield Town's controversial late winner against his side on Good Friday.

Town snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory at the death when Aaron Mooy's penalty was kept out, only for forward Colin Quaner to react quickest and fire home the rebound in the 96th minute.

"We didn't deserve it, because I thought we played very well," Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post.


"I’ve spoken to the players, I’ve spoken to the referee, I’ve looked on the DVD and there’s nothing in it. We limited them to few opportunities and showed good character coming back into it.

"Then we’ve been undone at the end by a really poor refereeing decision. Ultimately, it's cost us the game."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Norwich City fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Preston when the two sides met at Carrow Road back in October.

The Canaries threatened inside the opening minute, Cameron Jerome being by Chris Maxwell before Michael McGovern produced a smart stop at the other end.


A second half of few chances meant the game looked to be heading towards a stalemate, only for Alex Baptiste to head home from a Preston free-kick to give his team the lead with less than quarter of an hour left.

Jerome went close once more just moments later, seeing his volley flash off the post ahead of Alex Pritchard's header being cleared off the line as North End held on to take all three Sky Bet Championship points.

NORTH END TRIVIA
Preston hold the honour of being the first league champions of England, going the 1888-89 campaign unbeaten to clinch the inaugural title.

During the same season they also lifted the FA Cup without conceding a single goal in the tournament, subsequently earning the nickname 'The Invincibles' after completing the double.

Many notable players have represented the club for prolonged periods throughout history, including Bill Shankly, Tommy Docherty, Alan Kelly Sr. and Graham Alexander. 


However, their biggest icon is undoubtedly Sir Tom Finney, who made 569 appearances for North End between 1946 and 1960.

Born in Preston, Finney scored 187 league goals for the club before retiring in 1960 - the Lilywhites being relegated from the top division the following season.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard, Chris Maxwell, Matthew Hudson.

Defenders: Marnick Vermijl, Greg Cunningham, Tom Clarke, Tyias Browning, Callum Woods, Liam Grimshaw, Tommy Spurr, Paul Huntington, Andy Boyle, Alex Baptiste, Clive Smith.

Midfielders: Ben Pearson, Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Daniel Johnson, Paul Gallagher, Aiden McGeady, Ben Pringle, John Welsh.

Forwards: Simon Makienok, Jermaine Beckford, Stevie May, Jordan Hugill, Tom Barkhuizen, Callum Robinson.




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