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Preston Preview

By: Tony Hamilton
Date: 14/11/2002

GRIMSBY hope to try and continue their mini-revival against Preston at Blundell Park, after having climbed out of the bottom three last weekend with a nailbiting 2-1 win against Stoke City.

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The Bottom Line

Grimsby Town need to carry on the form from their previous three league games, the prospect of a place in the middle of Division One will would be easier. All they need is to tighten up their defence then things will begin to get easier this season.

The Opposition - Any Good?

Preston need to rediscover their form from last season. With the likes of Eric Sikora (left), and Eddie Lewis and midfield dynamo Dickson Etutu they have the potential to do that on paper.

Recent Form

 

TownPreston
WStoke(a)2-1
DGillingham(h)1-1
WBurnley(h)6-5
LWolves(a)1-4
DRotherham(h)0-3
LMillwall(a)1-2
WBirmingham(a)2-0
WBurnley(h)3-1
LPortsmouth(a)2-3
WReading(h)1-0

Players To Watch

 

TownPreston

Steve Livingstone

Marlon Broomes

Livvo is back to form after spending all of last season out with a serious calf problem, and now after all the upheavals in the front line, the Mariners will be depending on him keeping fit and using his experience to help the younger lads in the squad.

Marlon has come back after being shown the door at Blackburn. After spending a loan period with the Mariners, he then won himself a short term contract with Sheffield Wednesday, and finished up at Deepdale, where they will need him to carry on where he left off at his other clubs.

Top Scorers

 

TownPreston

Kabba 6
Pouton 4
Barnard 2
Cambpell 2

Cresswell 6
Fuller 2
Healy 2

Team News

 

TownPreston

Danny Coyne is a slight injury doubt with a sore Achilles, with is responding to treatment, but if he doesn’t make it Shaun Allaway will make his long awaited debut. With Alan Pouton available again after suspension it gives Paul Groves a selection headache in Town’s midfield, with the choice being as to whether to play himself after the win at Stoke last Saturday.

Colin Murdock is suspended for the Grimsby game after picking up 5 yellow cards and his defensive partner Chris Lucketti is an injury doubt, after picking up a side strain in midweek. So a new defensive partnership of Marlon Broomes and Michael Jackson could line up for Preston at Blundell Park. The influential Eric Sikora trained all week after picking up a knock against Millwall last Saturday

Probable Starting XI's

 

TownPreston
Danny Coyne
Iain Ward
Tony Gallimore
Jason Gavin
Simon Ford
John Oster
Alan Pouton
Stacy Caldicott
Stuart Campbell
Steve Livingstone
Darren Mansaram
David Lucas
Graham Alexander
Michael Jackson
Marlon Broomes
Rob Edwards
Eric Sikora
Paul McKenna
Dickson Etuhu
Eddie Lewis
Ricardo Fuller
Richard Cresswell

Subs

 

TownPreston
Darren Barnard
Shaun Allaway
David Soames
Paul Groves
Terry Cooke
David Healy
Tepi Molilanen
Pawel Abbott
Mark Rankine
Lee Cartwright

Last Time Out

The last time we played Preston it was a 0-0 draw with Michael Boulding guilty of some wayward finishing in a game which Town could have nicked, despite Preston dominating the entire game, with Danny Coyne magnificent in the Town goal.

Town Team: Danny Coyne,Tony Gallimore,Alan Neilson,Wayne Burnett,Paul Groves,Danny Butterfield,Menno Willems,Phil Jevons,Ben Chapman,Christopher Thompson,Simon Ford
Subs: David Smith,Michael Jeffrey,Steve Croudson,Stacey Coldicott,Michael Boulding Attendance: 14,667    Report

Preston Head-to-Head (77th on The Opposition Ladder).

Prediction

Fishy prediction: 2-1 to Town as The Mariners need to win to keep moving up the Table. Reader's POMs

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