Match preview: PNE v Queens Park Rangers

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


Tomorrow, it’s the turn of Queens Park Rangers to travel north to face PNE at Deepdale in the Championship.

Both teams played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture – the Hoops went into that match without a manager following Chris Ramsey’s dismissal earlier in the week.

Since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was named the new boss, QPR have lost just two out of their last ten league matches at Loftus Road.

Meanwhile, PNE fans were left with a smile on their faces at the end of Gentry Day against Bolton Wanderers, substitute Marnick Vermijl scoring in the 86th minute to secure a 2-1 win at the Macron Stadium.

PNE manager Simon Grayson is adamant his team will not rest on their laurels simply because of where they are in the table.

He added they are taking each game as it comes and that everyone is playing with confidence.

QPR have recently picked up consecutive home victories, but Hasselbaink still believes there is a lot of work to do.

He also explained they wanted to climb as high as possible in the table before the end of the season.

Onto team news and Alan Browne and Paul Huntington will face late fitness tests before the PNE starting line-up is announced, after they picked up hip and calf injuries respectively.

Striker Joe Garner will also be unavailable for tomorrow’s match, completing the last of his two match suspension.

As for QPR, Jack Robinson will not play any part in the game at Deepdale – the defender is still recovering from a knee injury sustained a year ago.

Victory for PNE could see them close the gap between the play-offs to four points, depending on the results of other teams above them.

QPR could jump above North End into 11th if they secure all three points tomorrow.

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

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