Match preview: Cardiff City v PNE

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By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


PNE travel to South Wales tomorrow to face Cardiff City in the Championship.

There was nothing to choose between the sides at Deepdale in October last year, both teams unable to find the back of the net as the match finished 0-0.

The Bluebirds are undefeated in all ten of their previous league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Meanwhile, PNE notched up a 4th successive league victory, winning 2-1 at home to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday – it’s the first time this season the Lilywhites have won four consecutive league matches.

PNE manager Simon Grayson knows Saturday’s opponents are a good side but he is confident his team will step up.

He continued by praising the players for responding every time they have been tested but admitted they can’t afford to be complacent just because of their position in the table.

After a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough earlier in the week, Cardiff City manager Russell Slade was disappointed in the way his team backed off after taking the lead.

He went onto admit that individual errors played a big part in their demise during the game.

Onto team news and Eoin Doyle, who is on loan from Cardiff, won’t be available for selection.

Doyle will be the only absentee from the squad which is very likely to be the same one used against Charlton a few days ago.

Grayson confirmed yesterday that long-term absentee Stevie May went in for his operation and is likely to be back in around six to nine months.

Cardiff have a full-strength squad for Saturday’s game after Slade named an unchanged side for their trip to the North East earlier in the week, with no fresh injury concerns following that match.

North End could move above Cardiff and just one place below the play-offs if they win in the Welsh capital tomorrow.

City also have the chance to move into 7th place if they end Preston’s five-match unbeaten run and claim all three points.

If you are not making the journey to Cardiff tomorrow, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.

 

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