Match preview: PNE v Milton Keynes Dons

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


It’s the turn of relegation-threatened MK Dons to visit Deepdale tomorrow in the Championship.

Both of these sides are well acquainted from their time in League One, but it was North End who got the upper hand in the Championship, Paul Gallagher sealing a 1-0 win earlier in the season.

The Dons have picked up just one win in their last ten league matches whilst North End have only lost twice at home since the start of the year.

PNE manager Simon Grayson expects MK Dons to battle for everything during the match and doesn’t think it is a forgone conclusion they will be relegated.

They will do everything possible to avoid the drop and undo all the hard work they put in, achieving promotion to the Championship, according to Grayson.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has called on his players to try and salvage some pride.

Although nine points adrift of safety, Robinson still believes they have a chance of avoiding the drop, starting with a result against PNE.

Onto team news and after being forced into a raft of changes for the last match against Middlesbrough, Grayson might be able to call on captain Tom Clarke, Calum Woods and Jordan Hugill.

All three went off injured during defeat to Fulham last week.

Adam Reach will also be available for North End after he was ineligible against Boro, which is his parent club.

The visitors will continue to be without their first-choice goalkeeper David Martin after fracturing his hand during training.

They will be boosted by the return of defender Kyle McFadzean from suspension after he was shown a straight red card during a 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last month.

PNE could move level on points with Birmingham City, who are just above them in 9th, if they win whilst victory for MK Dons could leave them within six points of safety.

If you are not at Deepdale tomorrow, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.

 

 

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