Match preview: Ipswich Town v PNE

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By Drew Darbyshire – reporter

Up next in the Championship for Preston North End is a trip to Portman Road this Saturday to face Ipswich Town.

Lilywhites manager Simon Grayson is hoping his side can build on the past three successive league victories, most recently grinding out a 2-1 win at Bristol City on Tuesday.

The North End boss knows it will be a tough test against Mick McCarthy’s side, who are currently in the play-off places.

However, Preston have performed impressively against some of the league’s higher ranked sides this campaign, and Grayson says he expects his players to up their game once more.

The hosts have been in good form of late, winning both of their previous two matches at home, something Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken is keen to build on.

Gerken also explains how the Tractor Boys are looking to turn Portman Road into a “fortress” and that maintaining consistency is key in this division.

Goalkeeper for North End on Saturday Sam Johnstone, is happy with PNE’s progress in the league but is just focused on helping Grayson’s side continue their recent run.

On the injury front, Adam Reach could be unavailable for Saturday’s match after a recent knee injury flared up in the warm up before the victory over Bristol City.

The only other player who Grayson cannot call upon, aside from the long-term absentees, is young midfielder Josh Brownhill who has joined League One side Barnsley on a one month loan deal.

As for The Blues, there are no fresh injury concerns for McCarthy to worry about ahead of tomorrow’s match, but Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick are ruled out.

In some good news for the Town boss, Larsen Toure has made good progress since returning to training which could warrant his inclusion in the squad.

In the table, Preston currently find themselves sitting in 13th position, while Ipswich are 5th in the second tier of English football.

Town took all three points the last time these two sides met, goals from Brett Pitman and Bournemouth loanee Ryan Fraser sealing a 2-1 victory at Deepdale back in August of last year.

Don’t worry if you are unable to travel down to Suffolk this weekend, @SportPluto will have full match coverage, including team news.


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