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Preview: PNE V Forest

Forest really could do with a result at Preston On Tuesday - and by a result, we mean a win. PNE reporter for the Lancashire Evening Post, Dave Seddon was on hand to give us the lowdown on all things PNE.

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Preston currently sit in 18th place in the table - a place below Forest. A bright August has moved aside to accommodate a darker September and October. Is this what you expected upon your return to the Championship or has it been a bit frustrating?

DS: The position where Preston are at the moment is probably about where they expected to be, results have been a bit up and down. They started off quite solidly with a win and two goalless draw in their first three games. September was tough going without the influential Paul Gallagher who was injured.

October has been much better, with four games unbeaten since the international break. Three of those have been goalless draws - one of them at Brighton. There is frustration that they haven't won at home in the Championship yet. The aim is to push higher into mid-table.

We know all about Joe Garner - feisty little thing, isn't he? - but you've also got one time Forest loanee Greg Cunningham up there. Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle like to grab a goal against us when they can and Daniel Johnson looks like an exciting prospect too. Are these the guys we should watch out for?

DS: You don't need to worry about Jermaine Beckford, he's out until Christmas after knee surgery. He's been a huge miss for us. In the run-in last season, Beckford scored 15 goals in 18 games from the end of February onwards.

Eoin Doyle, like all the other Preston strikers, is yet to score in the league. I'd guess at Doyle and Garner together up front, a flame-haired pairing! Agree,that Garner is a feisty thing but he's loved up here - he was a PNE fans as a kid.
Daniel Johnson is a big threat from midfield, six goals so far this season and eight in the second-half of last term after his January move from Aston Villa. He has got a sweet left peg on him - not bad for £50,000. Greg Cunningham has settled very well here. If you were to rate our summer transfer business, Cunningham has probably been the second best signing after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who is on loan from Sunderland.

Let's grab the thistle that stings like a nettle and talk managers:firstly, Simon Grayson seems to really dislike us and then there's a certain Billy Davies. How is Mr Davies remembered up there?

DS: I wasn't aware of Simon's dislike for Forest, he spoke well of them in his pre-match press conference. But didn't he have a short loan spell with Notts County once upon a time?

Billy Davies, well there's a blast from the past. He divides opinion. There's one or two fans who still adore him and would have him back at the drop of the hat. One fan in particular, worships the ground he walks on via Twitter! Others resent the manner in which Davies left Preston to join Derby in June 2006. His back room staff then seemed to resign at different stages that summer, popping up at Derby a bit later. David 'Ned' Kelly had to wait longer though. He was put on gardening leave and had the best flowerbeds in England by the time he was released from his contract.

You home form looks about as good as ours i.e. not very good. Give us a reason you'll win:

DS: We will win because our strikers will start scoring and we adopt a more adventurous approach, while at the same time, keeping it solid at the back.

Give us a reason you'll lose:

DS: Our strikers don't start scoring and we don't push forward enough.

Huge thanks to Dave for sharing his views.

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