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Gaffer Confirms Trio Are Good To Go For Rovers

16 February 2024

First Team News

Gaffer Confirms Trio Are Good To Go For Rovers

16 February 2024

For Saturday’s Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers, Ryan Lowe expects to be able to choose from the same pool of players who were available for Wednesday’s victory over Middlesbrough.

North End lost Andrew Hughes early in the 2-1 win, and Ben Whiteman and Liam Lindsay then both went off with knocks in the second half.

However, all three appear to have recovered to be in contention for the meeting with Rovers at Deepdale.

Ryan said: “There were a few tired bodies and a few knocks picked up, but I think adrenaline can get you through.

“We’ve got a fully-fit squad from Wednesday night to pick from which is a bonus. Hughesy’s alright, Whitey’s okay, and Liam Lindsay’s okay. They’re all fine.

“What we choose to do with them is obviously a bit different, but we’ll keep working with them today and get them recovered as much as we can.

“If you can’t get through a local derby on a bit of adrenaline or a bit of hunger and desire then you shouldn’t be playing. I’ve got full faith in the squad that they’ll be fine.”

PNE will, however, be without Brad Potts and Duane Holmes, with the latter’s return expected next Friday against Coventry City.

Liam Millar moved over to the right in the absence of Potts during the week and helped North End come out with a 2-1 victory over Boro, sealing a third win in succession.

Ryan said: “It's great coming off the back of three wins, especially winning at home of late is a big bonus for us and a plus for everyone. It’s exciting.

“The fans have been excellent in helping us in that. It’s been backs against the walls at times, especially on Wednesday night and the fans were really singing.

“It definitely helps and it doesn’t go unnoticed. You want to win your home games as much as you possibly can.

“Obviously with Blackburn coming to our home turf, it’s a local derby, bragging rights are at stake. We’ve just got to use it as another match, but knowing that there’s a big emphasis on it because there’s local bragging rights at stake.”

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