Preston looking for United gloss to rub off

PRESTON will be hoping that being put through their paces at Manchester United’s training ground this week will see some Premier League gloss rub off on them in tomorrow’s Championship fixture against Ipswich Town at Deepdale (kick-off 3pm).

Bottom of the table Preston’s own facilities have been frozen so they used the Reds’ deluxe Carrington training set up on Tuesday and again yesterday.

While the pitch has been covered and can protect against six degrees of frost to ensure the match will go on, Darren Ferguson’s squad have been able to prepare as normally for a game that would see them climb to within five points of Ipswich with a victory.

It was back in October when Preston last tasted success with a 4-3 home victory over Crystal Palace with a 0-0 draw against Millwall a fortnight ago their first clean sheet since August 21.

Ferguson is looking to build on an undefeated two-game run, and he said: “Ipswich will probably be looking at us and saying Preston are a little bit nervous at home and all that.

“But I don’t really want to talk too much about Ipswich, it’s us I’m more concerned about.

“We have to start winning games.

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“”We have to build on our last results. We picked up points against Millwall and Cardiff; of course we wanted six points from them but got two.

“But it’s something to build on.

“We’ve looked really solid in the last two games and have tried to build from the back, keep some clean sheets as well as having a threat going forward.”

Ferguson and Keane were team-mates at Manchester United in 1993 and Ferguson joked: “Roy coming in finished me off at United and I moved to Wolves at the end of his first season.

“Seriously, Roy had a fantastic career and was a fantastic player.

“He’s had different experiences as a manager, but one thing you expect from Roy’s teams is that they will have a right go in matches.”

Tomorrow’s likely squads

Preston North End: Lonergan, Brown, Jones, Cort, de Laet, Tonge, Russell, Pugh, Barton, Parkin, Parry, Hume, Davidson, Morgan, Nicholson, Mayor, Arestidou, McLaughlin, Gray, Treacy, St Ledger.

Ipswich Town: Murphy, Zuiverloon, Brown, Smith, Delaney, O’Dea, Eastman, Peters, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, Colback, Townsend, Livermore, Healy, Priskin, Scotland, Fallon, Murray, Lee-Barrett, O’Connor, Kennedy.

Referee: Mr E Ilderton (Tyne and Wear)

Ipswich league record at Deepdale

P12 W1 D5 L6 F10 A20

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