Chelsea performance lifted us - Fergie

DARREN Ferguson, the Preston manager, feels his side did enough against Chelsea in the FA Cup at Deepdale last weekend to put them in good spirits for tomorrow's Championship visit of Ipswich Town (kick-off 3pm).

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DARREN Ferguson, the Preston manager, feels his side did enough against Chelsea in the FA Cup at Deepdale last weekend to put them in good spirits for tomorrow's Championship visit of Ipswich Town (kick-off 3pm).

The Lillywhites were beaten 2-0, but they went back to Ferguson's former club Peterborough on Tuesday to earn three points and are in the mood to spoil Town's current league record that reads just one defeat in 14 matches.

Ferguson said: “Our home form generally is good and if you get any success your home form has to be good.

“Ipswich will give us a difficult game as they all are.

“I took a lot of positives out of Chelsea and we carried that on to Tuesday where there was great determination to win the match.

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“I felt if we had scored a second goal at London Road we would have won it a lot more comfortably.

“But as a manager to see the players have the determination to keep a clean sheet and win the game was great.

“If we have that again I'll have no complaints.”

Danny Welbeck is in line to make his first appearance at Deepdale after his loan move from Manchester United; a club managed by Ferguson's father Sir Alex.

Callum Davidson was knocked unconscious during Tuesday's game, but Ferguson has not ruled him out tomorrow adding: “We'll wait and see with Callum.

“We have to assess him over the next 24 hours.”

Before the Chelsea and Peterborough games, Ferguson began his Preston career with a 4-2 defeat at Bristol City and Ferguson has urged his men to reassert their play-off credentials by collecting maximum points tomorrow.

“My players have been spot on since I came in, really positive and bright in training,” said Ferguson.

“We've got two home games now (with Barnsley the visitors on Tuesday) and if we were to win them you're only looking up. But we've got to continue to work hard.

“If we can manage to get six points in the next few days we'll be close to the play-offs, which I'll be happy about.

“The lads have got to be on it in training and they know that now.”

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