Preston North End extended their unbeaten run in all competitions at the weekend to eight games but there was a sense of frustration coming away from St. Andrew’s with just a point.
The Lilywhites have not been defeated since losing their first three league matches of the campaign, with Frankie McAvoy making them extremely difficult to penetrate.
It was a hard-fought clean sheet against Birmingham City on Saturday which saw a bit of a non-event second half follow a first 45 minutes which saw a host of chances fall to both sides, with both Matija Sarkic and Daniel Iversen between the sticks in top form.
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McAvoy hasn’t changed his starting line-up in the league for the previous five games, but with four draws in a row there is perhaps a need to freshen things up going into this clash at Deepdale with Stoke City.
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He’s been forced into one change as Andrew Hughes suffered a toe injury in the draw with Birmingham – Ireland international Greg Cunningham has come in to replace the Welshman in what is the only alteration from the weekend which PNE fans have been reacting to.
— mykiepainter (@mykopainto) September 28, 2021
how is maguire still starting
— ً (@HarropRoIe) September 28, 2021
Why not freshen up, Murphy and McCann have got to start.
— Carl (@CarlPNEFan) September 28, 2021
Mccan and Murphy changed the game on Saturday, why keep with this team?
— Jack Dixon (@jackdixon3) September 28, 2021
Free Murphy 🙁
— Jamie (@jamiebaldwinnn) September 28, 2021
I don’t understand lol
— L.D.G (@PNEGOINUP) September 28, 2021