The Opposition: Preston North End

The Gameplan
Our formation very rarely changes from 4-4-2 and I expect this to be the same again on Saturday. We have been known to play a lot of long balls under our current boss due to a lack of midfield but now Paul McKenna is back the ball is spread far and wide on the floor. However, service to the frontmen is still very poor.

Strengths
Our team has some talented individuals but are not functioning as a team. Our record shows that we threaten very rarely, with the Southampton game the only exception this season. We have started to create more chances but are unable to finish them. We look more collective as a unit now but still need a lot of improvement to reach any kind of form.

Weaknesses
Our weaknesses are quite simple: We do not create enough chances and when we do we very rarely take them. At the back we are solid but give away silly goals, usually from mistakes, and almost certainly from set pieces.

Injuries/Suspensions
All the squad are available except for keeper Wayne Henderson who is out until December and right back Billy Jones has been ruled out with a hamstring problem. Centre back Liam Chilvers should return along with loan signing John Halls.

Player by Player
Our starting eleven has changed virtually every game this season so your guess is as good as mine but here goes:

Andy Lonergan - very good shot stopper.
John Halls - only played one game on loan so far.
Youl Mawene - experienced, solid centre back.
Sean St Ledger - solid and good coming forward.
Matt Hill - talented left back who ploughs forward.
Chris Sedgewick - experienced professional, gives his all.
Kevin Nicholls - gritty captain, breaks up the play and delivers set pieces.
Paul McKenna - playmaker, likes to spread the ball.
Simon Whaley - talented winger lackng confidence.
Andrew Carroll - young tall player who is good in the air, on loan from Newcastle.
Brett Ormerod - experienced striker who puts himself about.

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