Match preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers v PNE

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By Chris Coughlin – reporter


Preston North End take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux tomorrow looking to push on from their dramatic stoppage-time victory against Huddersfield Town last week.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides in September, only a stoppage time equaliser from Kevin MacDonald denied nine-man Preston from taking all three points.

Daniel Johnson had given North End the lead in the first half with a strike from outside the box before both Joe Garner and Bailey Wright were sent off for Preston.

Last week at Deepdale, Alan Browne’s late header earned the Lilywhites a first win in four games as they continued to consolidate their mid-table position.

Jordan Hugill and Callum Robinson were given rare starts in the victory against Town and PNE manager Simon Grayson is confident he has a versatile bunch of players, despite not having the biggest squad.

He is ready for the challenge and hopes the game isn’t mired in controversy like the previous meeting between the two sides.

Wolves played out a goalless draw against Reading in their last match but manager Kenny Jackett has demanded more of the same from his team.

Jackett believes his side are more than capable of reproducing the form which recently saw them win four games on the spin and move from mid-table to just below the play-offs.

With no fresh injury concerns following their victory over the Terries, Grayson could select the same starting XI.

Ben Pearson will complete his two match ban this weekend – the ex-Manchester United midfielder picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Derby County two weeks ago.

His opposite number Jackett also has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of tomorrow’s match, Midfielder Jordan Graham being the only notable absentee, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

A win for North End would lift the club above their opponents and potentially into the top half of the table whilst Wolves could move closer to the play-offs with victory against PNE.

You can follow @SportPluto for full match coverage tomorrow afternoon, including team news.

 

 

 

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