PNE.
By Japandy.
Friday 13 Mar 2009 19:14:00
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PNE.

So Preston awaits us this Saturday in what could be a make or break match for both teams with outside play-off aspirations. We have both underperformed during the last three games and with both managers hopeful of ‘getting something out of the game’ we could either have a cracker of a game or a dour scoreless draw.

Preston is a place steeped in football folklore and a town that is out of a 19th century novel. There is an air of romance about the place and walking up to Deepdale one is greeted with stand names of by-gone greats. Looking at their recent history of managers it reads like a whose-who and one only wonders why they are where they are?

Of course they have experienced success but that was many years ago when they were the toast of British football but for me football is all about teams like Preston. The image of going for a pie and pint before wondering up to the ground, buying a program and then sitting or standing, when we were allowed, and watch a blood and thunder encounter.

Times change and players now want to be footballers and play prettily. They would lose their heads if they tried to head a real football and one can only marvel when seeing old videos of Preston and witnessing their greats and how some of them could dribble with a ball made of iron and oppose defenders who took no prisoners.

But now Preston is a different kettle of fish. Under the watchful eye of Irvine who was a fine player in his day they are, as mentioned, on the threshold of the play-offs. Whether, like us, they could cope with promotion is highly doubtful but on the resource Irvine has had to work with they are doing extremely well.

They have a fine mixture of young talent as with Nolan and Jones and have coupled that with their experienced midfield led by the impressive captain, and one-club man, McKenna. They have the best home record in the division but have concede a fair few which shows they favour open games rather than just shutting up shop. Up front they have the little and large combination of Parkin and Elliott that is a throw back to the good old days even for us City fans when we had Wallace and Gibson playing off big guys.

So in what looks like an unfashionable fixture for the rest of the country I predict a good open football game between two clubs with little to lose and not much more to gain. Both managers are already talking the talk about next season which is nice in that they don’t envisage problems between now and the end of the season, but for we fans that kind of rhetoric is not really what we are paying to see, or it could be if all we wanted was that pie and pint.

Prediction 2 – 2


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