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December 2007


Results:

A very busy month with 10 games!
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Preston 3-0 Jubilo (World Club Championships)

We picked our strongest available 11 and the result was a routine win against fairly limited opponents.

Martin Cameron headed in two goals, assisted once each by McMillan and Anderson. Mark Kerr got the other as we were able to give some key men an early rest. Cameron and Anderson were the top performers.


Preston 1-2 Sundowns (World Club Championships)

With a final game against River to come, Sudell decided to rest the majority of the team for this one, a decision which looks a poor one on paper given the result - but the game should have been winnable with the side sent out. Simon Rusk's return from injury was a welcome positive.

Stephen McPhee gave us the lead, heading in a cross by Joe Henderson. Sundowns levelled the game before half-time and got the winner near the end. Our performance was quite good, we registered 10 shots on target but were met with a man of the match display from the opponents' goalkeeper. Langfield, Archibald and McGuire had average games, but Walker, Henderson, Rusk and McPhee were good.


Preston 1-0 River (World Club Championships)

We faced a strong River side who had defeated us in the Intercontinental Cup at the start of the season needing a win. Sudell sent out the strongest 11 once more, having given most a rest against Sundowns.

We had the better of a tight game, Martin Cameron was a threat throughout, having all 6 of our efforts on goal, hitting the bar and having a goal ruled out before he struck the only goal, from distance, in the 63rd minute. We kept attacking until the end, knowing we needed a 2-goal win to top the group. We couldn't find it and now faced a nervous wait for other results to see if we could make it through.

A few days later we had confirmation - we were the best 2nd placed team and now face Independiente in the Semi Final.


Preston 4-0 Independiente (World Club Championships Semi Final)

Fit-again Neil Scally got a place on the bench, while some patchy recent form for Mark Kerr meant he was replaced in the 11 by Severin.

The first half was quiet, but Severin got the goal we deserved on 48 minutes, heading in a Ferguson cross. Ferguson scored the second, a scorching half-volley, as the captain went on his way to a 10/10 MOTM performance.

Rusk and Clementi had been quiet, so were replaced by Scally and Miller and the subs instantly combined, Miller getting the killer 3rd goal. With 10 minutes remaining, the Independiete 'keeper was sent off and another Preston sub, Darren Mackie, scored the resulting penalty.


Man City 1-2 Preston

With the World Club Championship Final to come the following day, Sudell had a decision to make. The Premier League should and ordinarily would be the priority, but the chance to win silverware of this sort is rare. Of our strongest 11, only Langfield, Ritchie and Walker played.

After an even opening to the game, Brian Dunne gave us the lead, capping a wonderful move and assisted by McPhee. Man City replied on 60 minutes, but Scott Walker got a precious winner, heading in a free-kick from sub, Chris Lucketti. The downside here was definitely three injuries suffered to Henderson, Kerr and Mackie. Thankfully none are particularly long-term.

McPhee, Dunne and man of the match, Simon Rusk, were the key men today.


Preston v Deportivo (World Club Championships, Final)

The Preston lads approached the World Club Final in confident mood, faced with a side that was languishing at the wrong end of the La Liga table and had been comfortably defeated by Preston in the European Super Cup.

The line-up selected for this historic game was as follows: Langfield, Anderson, McMillan, Ritchie, Walker; Scally, Ferguson, Severin; Sutherland, Clementi, Cameron.


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The 9th minute red card for Clementi was obviously a factor in the end and it was all the more disappointing as it was entirely unnecessary. The Italian got a yellow for squaring up to an opponent and immediately got a second yellow for his furious reaction at the referee.

We reverted to a 'normal' mentality and direct passing and got a crucial lead when Cameron out-jumped the goalkeeper to head in McMillan's cross.

We looked like we were heading for a famous win, until the Spanish side broke Preston hearts with a late double strike. In hindsight, perhaps we could have really gone into full defensive mode to try to see it out.

Clementi was of course given an official warning for his dismissal, which he was unhappy about. However, there is a more pressing concern regarding our Italian forward. A recent bid of £6.5m from Arsenal was turned down, much to Antonino's displeasure:

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Clementi has asked to go on the transfer list, but Sudell is resisting, for now anyway. Let's hope the situation changes.


Preston 1-2 Aston Villa

Just one change as we faced a strong Villa team, Dunne for Clementi on the left wing.

We made a strong start, Sutherland volleying us into the lead on 19 minutes. Just before half-time, an injury to Langfield meant David Cole came on for what would be his final Preston appearance. Unfortunately it wasn't the exit he would have wanted as his goal-kick went straight to Balaban in the second half, who equalised, before Recoba got the winner for Villa.

Neil Scally was superb and earned the MOTM award.


Preston 1-0 Everton

With a few tired bodies in the squad, Sudell freshened things up with 7 changes.

We got a welcome boost when an Everton player head-butted Miller to receive an early red card and then man of the match, Stephen McPhee, scored the only goal shortly after. We ground out an important 3 points, without being quite at our best.


Preston 2-0 Derby

Ferguson and Sutherland returned for the Boxing day fixture as we earned a routine win over Derby.

Stephen McPhee kept his place and rewarded Sudell by scoring a 5th minute penalty and then a second on 28 minutes, a lovely low strike. In the midst of such a busy schedule, Sudell was happy to keep the pace of the game lower as the game drew to the end. Ferguson, Scally and McPhee were all excellent.


Aston Villa 1-3 Preston

Having lost at home to Villa this month, this result felt like a big one for our title ambitions. Clementi returned as the only change.

All the action came in the first half, as McPhee scored a dubiously-awarded penalty, before Clementi doubled the lead after going through on goal. Recoba pulled one back, but McPhee got his 5th goal in 3 games to secure the points with a header from Ferguson's cross just before half-time.


League Table

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Liverpool have put together a 12 match winning run and are the team we must chase. Newcastle have been on a good run too, although we can go 3 points off the top if we win games in hand. We face Newcastle and Spurs in January and with the FA Cup beginning too, this winter feels crucial. We definitely need Liverpool to start to drop points occasionally!


Player Focus:

Russell Anderson had a poor first season but has surprised everyone with some super form this year, establishing himself as the first choice right-back at the club.

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This has had a knock-on effect on Maurice Ross, who hasn't played well this season and now finds himself 3rd in the pecking order, and now transfer listed.

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Stephen McPhee is the form player at the club and is currently keeping Martin Cameron out of the side. He'll keep his place as long as he keeps scoring goals as he currently is.

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Players Out

David Cole made his arranged transfer to Rangers for £9m, with another £3.6 due after he plays 20 league games. His form this season hasn't been good, perhaps once he became distracted with his future. Still, he has had a superb career for such a young player.

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Craig Ferrie also made his exit, for £800,000 to Norwich.

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Hmmmmm - ballsy shout to rest players in 2nd WCC group game and backfired and only just amde it through

Gutted not to win it and got very close with 10 men

Great stuff in the league largely

The mighty reds are on the march which is great to see

Having games in hand is great but to have the pressure of winning them to stay in touch is something else
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Draw dodgers !
WCC final might have been interesting were it not for that red card.
Win the games in hand and you will be hot on Liverpools tails. It is still in your own hands.
Good money for Cole.
I'm glad that McPhee is doing the business for you.
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January 2008


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The perfect month!


Preston 1-0 Coventry

McPhee continued up front, while Dunne replaced Clementi. This looked like it was going to be the classic, frustrating 0-0 at home. We dominated from start to finish, but Magnus Hedman denied us repeatedly (not the first time he has caused problems for us. When we thought it was over, substitute Marr Kerr popped up to score deep into stoppage time!

Sutherland was MOTM with a 9/10, a rating he shared with Kerr and Walker.


Preston 4-0 Stevenage (FA Cup 3rd Round)

We drew non-league opponents at Deepdale and it was a miss-match, as expected. Unlike in previous years, no chances were taken in selection though, as a full team of experienced players went out.

We were 4 up at half-time, and it could have been more, before predictable, no more goals followed in the second half. Kerr, Severin, Sutherland and Pearson were the scorers in a good all-round performance.


Preston 2-1 Tottenham

Pearson was rewarded for continued good form with a start on the left wing, while Ferguson came in for Kerr, who picked up an injury.

We made a good start and were 1 up at half time thanks to Martin Cameron, who finished a good team move. Mid way through the second half we were two up as Severin knocked in a rebound. Scotland striker and current EPL top scorer, Mark Burchill, pulled one back for Spurs, but we saw out the win.

Philip McGuire entered the game as an early sub for Anderson (injury) and ended up taking the MOTM award.


Blackburn 0-3 Preston

Another Lancashire derby and another win! After a 3 day turnaround, McGuire, Henderson, Archibald, Rusk and Clementi all came in for this one.

The key moment came in the 34th minute, when a Blackburn defender conceded a red card and penalty, which was tucked away by today's Preston captain, McGuire. Clementi doubled the lead before half-time and Barry Ferguson added the third on his way to the MOTM award.


Newcastle 0-1 Preston

A priceless away win at St James' Park against an in-form side. Severin returned in midfield, while McPhee came in for Cameron as Sudell kept his team fresh.

McPhee was the man to get the goal once again, finishing a move in the 5th minute, assisted by Severin. These two were our best players on the day, we had the better of the game but were denied by the Newcastle defence and we ended the game in defensive mode ensuring we saw it out.


Preston 3-0 Crewe

We changed the whole midfield and attack as the team looked tired, so Rusk, Miller, McKenna, Mackie, Pearson and Cameron started.

We dominated completely but had to wait until the 55th minute to take the lead. Two lovely strikes from Cameron and a direct free-kick by Darren Mackie secured another 3 points.


Derby 0-1 Preston

5 changes as most of those rested v Crewe came back in. This game was dull and lacking in attacking quality, with only 3 shots in the match. Fortunately Mark Kerr scored our only effort and we did enough to hold on.

It was hardly our best performance, but Jamie Langfield did well, as did Scally and MOTM, Kerr.


Portsmouth 0-4 Preston (FA Cup 4th Round)

No dramas in the FA Cup as we eased past Division 1 opposition.

All the M's got the goals for us; McGuire, Mackie, McKenna and McPhee. We were helped massively by 2 red cards for the home side in the first half, making this plain sailing.

After the game, the good news came through that Liverpool and Man Utd both lost away from home to Division 1 sides. We face a tricky trip to Sunderland in the next round.


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We won all our games this month, only conceding once, as we have now put together a club record 11 wins in a row in all competitions. Unfortunately for us, Liverpool have won 15 in a row in the league, an EPL record. It looks like a two horse race now and much may well be decided next month, as we play Arsenal, Man Utd and Leeds, before going to Anfield on the 1st of March.


Player Focus

Mark Kerr has been our form player this month. The midfielder has played a variety of roles in the middle of the park, partly due to injuries to others, and has returned a good number of goals and assists.

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Mark is similar to a number of our players in thinking we need a deeper squad.

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Transfer News

David Cole's departure left us with just two goalkeepers, so Craig Gordon was brought in on loan for a bit of cover.

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Kevin Cuthbert has been signed on a bosman and will join us in July as a more permanent 3rd choice keeper.

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Chris Lucketti's contract runs out at the end of the season and when Fulham came in with a contract offer, we didn't stand in the club captain's way. He has agreed the deal and we will need to move on to younger options next season.

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Steven Pressley was due to depart this month, but Carlisle couldn't afford the fee. His contract expires at the end of the season and he'll be off to the same club on a bosman in the summer.

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Christ - helluva month!

CL ooks already boxed which is great

Are Pool still in Europe as that could affect them and give you a real shot

Lucketti needs a statue

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Wow !
Just can't do better than that.
Game very much on for the title now.
Neither Preston or Liverpool have drawn a single league game.
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Redknapp69 wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:00 pm Christ - helluva month!

CL ooks already boxed which is great

Are Pool still in Europe as that could affect them and give you a real shot

Lucketti needs a statue

Sensible stuff on keepers
Yes Liverpool are in the Champions League and Group Phase. They've played 2 games, home win v Bayern and away loss at Roma. Hearts(!) are the other team in the group. As you say, hope they make it a long way and it causes them problems!!
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February 2008


Results:
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Arsenal 1-2 Preston

Some of those who impressed against Portsmouth in the FA Cup kept their places here. Team selected:

Langfield; Ritchie, McGuire, Walker, McMillan; Scally, Kerr, Severin; Pearson, Sutherland, McPhee.

We got off to a poor start when new Arsenal striker Gavin Holligan put them in front, but just as we feared a tough afternoon, a double strike before half-time put us in front. First Severin found Stephen Pearson, who scored a speculative effort from just inside the box, before Scally's pass found McPhee, who got what turned out to be the winner.

Want-away Arsenal striker Viduka emerged from the bench and Henry hit the bar, but we deserved the win in the end. Sutherland had a quiet game and was replaced by Mackie, who was very good. The rest of the midfield and attack had a good outing, as did McGuire at the back.


Preston 0-2 Man Utd

After such a strong away win against a good side, this was a real disappointment, especially as Liverpool drew away at Wimbledon. Russell Anderson returned at right back after recovering from injury, replacing Ritchie, in our only change.

Man Utd started on top and Ruud Van Nistelrooy had already been denied 3 times when he headed his team into the lead on 36 minutes. Sudell replaced Severin with Miller before half-time in an attempt to turn the game, before Scally, who was our best player to that point, got injured and was replaced by Rusk.

We worked hard to get into the game in the second half and could have got the equaliser on another day, but found Barthez and his defence in good form. Sutherland looked a threat for us and had most of the chances. As we went for broke near the end, Scholes added a 2nd goal to seal the points for United in a game they just about deserved to win.

Simon Rusk was our best player on the day, Walker, Severin and McPhee were disappointing as our 10-match unbeaten run came to an end.


Leeds 2-0 Preston

The boss made 5 changes, Henderson, Rusk, Miller, Clementi and Cameron coming in, with McMillan, Scally (injured), Severin. Pearson and McPhee making way.

This was a game that also could have gone either way, with lots of chances for each side. Leeds got goals either side of half-time through Scandinavians, Farnerud and Oren, while Paul Robinson was their hero as he kept us out when we laid siege to his goal in the second half.

Cameron was a threat up front and played well without defeating Robinson, while Walker and Rusk also had good games. This feels like a heavy blow to our title ambitions, but was softened by the news that Liverpool had lost at Old Trafford.


Sunderland 1-1 Preston (FA Cup 5th Round)

A key game in our season, as the FA Cup is a crucial part of Sudell's plans - the league and cup double is the first achievement on the checklist.

McMillan, Ferguson, Pearson and Mackie replaced Henderson, Kerr, Clementi and Sutherland.

The home side took an early lead and at half-time, Sudell was nervous - so he hooked Cameron and Pearson, who had been ineffective, and replaced them with McPhee and Sutherland. Mid-way through the half it was McPhee who got us level, from a Rusk assist. Both teams had chances to win it near the end, notably Darren Mackie for us when he out-jumped Dida but headed wide, but overall Sudell was relieved to get out of Sunderland with a draw and a replay.

Walker was man of the match in an even game, with both keepers also doing well.


Preston 1-3 Sunderland

We faced the same side in the league the following week and Sudell made six changes, including returns from injury for Scally and Archibald.

Jason Euell gave Sunderland the lead in a very quiet first half and the same player doubled the lead after half-time. We went of the offensive and created chances, looking like making a comeback when Sutherland's freekick found the net with 20 minutes to play. It wasn't to be though and Sunderland sealed the points late on.

Dida was man of the match, while Langfield was a 5/10 - the difference between the teams in a game we dominated.


Preston 3-0 Sunderland (FA Cup 5th Round Replay)

Rare starts for Lonergan and McKenna were the headline changes as we won this final game of the 3-match trilogy with Sunderland.

Martin Cameron got us in front after 5 minutes, dominating by 19 shots to 4 in the end. Cameron added a second, before Darren Mackie's late penalty added some gloss to the score-line. McMillan and Cameron were the stars in a great team performance.


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We are now 7 points behind Liverpool, but can feel unfortunate, as we lost 3 games without being outplayed in any of them - you could argue we deserved 4 or 5 points from Man Utd, Leeds and Sunderland. Liverpool also dropped points and aren't on the best run overall, having suffered a shock loss and draw against Hearts in the Champions League (although this may be bad news for us).

We are about to begin March with a trip to Anfield, which feels like a last-chance for the title. We need to win and certainly feels like we can't afford to lose.


Player Focus

Neil Scally has picked up where he left off after his long injury lay-off and is currently on top form. A man to be relied on time and again.

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Stephen Pearson has had a strong re-introduction to the team, having been thrown back in due to injury. The result has been that Sudell has taken him off the transfer list, ironically just as a £2.2m bid from Chelsea arrived.

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Antonino Clementi has delighted Sudell by forgetting about his anger at not being allowed to move clubs and has now signed a new deal!

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Pig of a month results wise in league but not performances - Pool also slipped.

Seems like a mahoosive 6 pointer against the mighty reds coming up

Good that the cup run conitnues!

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March 2008


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Liverpool 3-1 Preston

The title now looks a long shot, as we fall 10 points behind Liverpool, with just 9 games to play. Sudell went with form for this game and selected the following side, in the usual 4-1-2-3 formation:

Langfield; Anderson, McGuire, Walker, McMillan; Scally; Rusk, Kerr; Sutherland, Pearson, Cameron.

We started the stronger side and Cameron went close twice, before Michael Owen skipped past Walker and Scally on his way to scoring a superb opener on 37 minutes. We almost pulled one back immediately, but the hosts managed to clear an effort from a corner off the line.

Into the second half and much of the same - we were pressing, but Liverpool caught us out, Owen again the scorer. To add insult, McGuire's own goal added a third with 5 to play, before Clementi, on as a sub, pulled one back to make the score respectable.

Once again, we had slightly more shots and got a result we didn't deserve. Our back four and Langfield weren't great. Scally, Rusk and Clementi played well, while Owen was unsurprisingly man of the match.


Preston 3-0 Peterborough (FA Cup Quarter Final)

Attention turned to the FA Cup and this favourable draw against Division 2 opponents. Sudell rang the changes, with only McGuire, Scally and Cameron keeping their places from the Liverpool game.

Martin Cameron's 20th goal of the season sent us on our way, before an unlikely double from Paul Ritchie - the central defender scoring twice from Barry Ferguson corners.

There were great performances all round, but MOTM Ferguson was the pick, with Cameron close behind.


FA Cup Semi-Final Draw:

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Once again the draw has been kind, Sudell fully expects Preston to reach the club's first FA Cup final since 1964!


West Ham 2-2 Preston

Back to the league and Sudell rewarded some of those who performed well in the Cup. Langfield's patchy form, coupled with Lonergan's good showing v Peterborough, meant Lonergan got the nod here. Archibald and Ritchie retained their places, as did Ferguson and Miller in midfield.

Jermaine Defoe gave the Hammers a first half lead as Preston looked uninspired. Sudell had seen enough by 60 minutes and hauled the ineffective front 3 of Mackie, Clementi and Cameron off, replacing them with Sutherland, Severin and O'Connor.

Soon after, Miller won a spot kick which was converted by McGuire. We took the lead on 79 minutes through Gary O'Connor, but West Ham got a late equaliser from Scottish midfielder, Paul Rudden. There was still time for Neil Scally to pick up a late red card and a 3 match ban. Overall, this was probably a fair result. Liverpool lost at Stoke, so we move 9 points behind with 8 to play.


Preston 4-2 West Brom

Scally's ban, plus another injury to Rusk while on international duty with Scotland 'B', meant that Barry Ferguson was again required at DMC. Kerr came into midfield, while Langfield was given a return in goal.

Kerr gave us an early lead, heading in Ferguson's corner, before West Brom equalised against the run of play. Gary O'Connor converted a penalty to put us back in front and Sutherland headed in his 10th of the season to extend our lead. The visitors pulled one back again, before Charlie Miller made the points safe on 75 minutes.

A good team performance, but Mark Kerr was MOTM, with Ferguson, Miller, Sutherland and O'Connor all superb too.


League Table:

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Our title hopes took a big blow with the defeat at Anfield. We now need to win every game and hope Liverpool lose 3 out of 7 - not looking likely as they have a relatively straight-forward run in. Second place looks safe however and we do have the FA Cup semi-final to look forward too.


Player Focus:

Our MOTM v West Brom, Mark Kerr, continues to perform really well and is a big goal-threat from midfield. He has really found his feet in his first full season and Sudell is relying on him for our future push for league titles.

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Barry Ferguson just arrived this summer and after an up and down start, has been excellent, especially given he has played out of position at DMC a lot. He has already broken the assist record under Sudell and looking at the stats, we have also only lost 3 this season with Barry on the pitch.

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Gary O'Connor has spent much of the season behind Cameron and McPhee in the pecking order, but has recently had a chance to play and has taken it. Perhaps Sudell should given him more of a run!

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Feels as though O'Connonor should be bagging more

Some assists from Bazza!

The below you in league are average - they don't seem to have made any ground on you

Mighty reds win the big game

You leaked some goals that month!

SWEET FA Cup draws you have had! - No let up but should be a final
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April 2008


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Preston 2-0 Barnsley (FA Cup Semi-Final)

We started the month with a bang, reaching the club's first FA Cup Final in over 50 years!

Sudell went with the same side that beat WBA, and we got ahead early on when Charlie Miller scored a rebound after O'Connor's effort on goal. The second goal came with less than 20 minutes played, Ferguson laying on another assist for Kerr to score.

We controlled the game from there, with Scott Walker winning MOTM as McMillan also excelled in defence.


FA Cup Results:

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The way these results and the draws have gone, you have to feel it's our year!


Wimbledon 4-3 Preston

The final nail in the Preston league title challenge's coffin. Cameron for O'Connor was the only change and things seemed to be going as planned when Clementi gave us the lead from Sutherland's pass.

Everything suddenly went downhill, Wimbledon scored 3 before the hour as our defence struggled to cope with their pace and power. A red card for the home side gave us a chance, and O'Connor emerged from the bench to give us 2 quick goals as we drew level with 3 minutes left. Just as Sudell was hoping for a late winner, Wimbledon stunned us with a winner of their own.

Langfield had another desperately poor game, an all too regular occurrence. O'Connor was superb off the bench.


Preston 0-0 Stoke

Scally returned from suspension and was joined in the team by Lonergan, Henderson, McGuire, Dunne and Mackie.

We came up against a Stoke side that have caused us plenty of trouble in the past and it was the same here, as the visitors lined up defensively and stifled all Preston attacks.

Scally was MOTM as we really struggled to create clear openings.


Bradford 2-0 Preston

O'Connor, Pearson and Sutherland returned as Sudell desperately searched for the combination that would bring success.

This was another tale of a game we had the better of, but lost. Lots of players were below par, but Joe Henderson was the worst offender.

The news from elsewhere was that Liverpool had officially sealed the premier league title with 4 games to spare, following Preston's collapse of form.


Preston 2-0 Newcastle

Suddenly, the teams behind had closed a gap somewhat, and this became an important game for us to secure 2nd. Sudell also felt that recent form meant it was time for a change in tactics, as we have been using the same formation for 2 years now. Here is what the manager came up with for this game:

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Once again Sudell turned to Chris Lucketti in a time of need.

Martin Cameron's speculative effort gave us the early lead we needed to settle any nerves, before Scott Walker's knock down allowed Gary O'Connor to add the second early in the second half.

A good, controlled all round performance, with Walker MOTM alongside a strong performance from Lucketti, of course.


Spurs 0-1 Preston

The new formation was retained, with only 1 change on the pitch- Sutherland for O'Connor.

Sutherland was the match winner, scoring in first half injury time assisted by who else, but assist-king Barry Ferguson. A tight game, but one we just edged.


League Table:

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Frank Rijkaard's Liverpool side are deserving title winners, although they did suffer a shock Champions League exit, thanks to their debacle v Hearts. We should be fine to keep 2nd place and have already secured our best points total under Sudell.


Player Focus

Scott Sutherland was the match winner against Spurs and has crossed 10 goals for the second season in succession. It's important Sudell remembers he is still a young player, who will hopeful continue to develop and add consistency. Sudell is also interested to see if he does better as part of a front 2.

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Yessssssss - cup final and what a draw - but anything can happen on the day

Ugly start to league games bit when the chips were down the boys kicked in and guaranteed (basically) the CL spot which is an excellent achievement

Langfield dropped then and 3 clean sheets since! Who gets the gloves for the final?
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A new formation comes through just in time to retain 2nd place. But where does Mark Kerr fit into that line up for the final? And will Lucketti get to lead the team out in his last ever game for the club?

Disappointing stuff from Langfield, maybe he'll feel more secure next season with the #1 on his back.
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Redknapp69 wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:32 pm Yessssssss - cup final and what a draw - but anything can happen on the day

Ugly start to league games bit when the chips were down the boys kicked in and guaranteed (basically) the CL spot which is an excellent achievement

Langfield dropped then and 3 clean sheets since! Who gets the gloves for the final?
Ah I failed to mention that Langfield actually returned for the last two games and has done pretty well (Lonergan was below par v Bradford).

Langfield has been decent enough over the season, but the occasional poor day thrown in for sure!
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Here2Win79 wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:48 pm A new formation comes through just in time to retain 2nd place. But where does Mark Kerr fit into that line up for the final? And will Lucketti get to lead the team out in his last ever game for the club?

Disappointing stuff from Langfield, maybe he'll feel more secure next season with the #1 on his back.
Kerr would probably replace Miller, even though the attacking role moving into AMC probably doesnt 100% suit him, he has done pretty well there this season.

Lucketti has had two good games, would be a fitting exit if he does!
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May 2008


Results:
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Preston 2-1 Man City

Sudell continued with the 4-1-2-1-2 that had brought a positive turn of results at the end of last month, selecting the following side:

Langfield; Anderson, Lucketti, Walker, Archibald; Scally, Kerr, Ferguson, Clementi; Cameron, Sutherland.

We were on fire here. Antonino Clementi's 10th goal of the season put us 1 up in the first half, before Sutherland added to our lead in the second. We dominated by a margin of 20 shots, but still an iconic, tragic moment came in the 79th minute.

Chris Lucketti committed a foul in the box, conceding a penalty and a three game ban that would not just rule him out of the FA Cup final, but also mark the end of his Preston career.

Only the hardest of hearts wouldn't feel sorry for the departing club captain. Our full backs, Anderson and Archibald, were the stars of this game.


Preston v Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup Final)

Sudell made just the one, enforced change for the final - Ritchie for Lucketti. Barry Ferguson, in his first season at Preston, would lead the lads out at Wembley.

Final result:

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A great occasion for the Preston fans, 1 year on from our Champions League triumph at Wembley, we win the FA Cup at the same venue!

The game itself was a routine win if ever there was one. We were completely dominant from the moment Martin Cameron's 23rd goal of the season gave us the lead. He swept in a rebound after Sutherland's header came back off the post.

Cameron hit the post later as the powerful forward had no less than 10 efforts on goal, without adding to his tally. O'Connor replaced Sutherland and got the second deep into injury time, but Preston celebrations had already begun!

Match Stats:
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Preston Stats: Including and outstanding MOTM performance from Alan Archibald
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Chris Lucketti walked up the steps at Wembley (in a suit, of course), to collect the famous old trophy!


Everton 1-2 Preston

We rounded off the league season in a dead rubber, with second place secured. Henderson replaced Anderson at right-back, Dunne came in for Mark Kerr, who suffered an injury in the final and is out of the Euros. Gary O'Connor played in attack as the final change.

Martin Cameron's shot into the top corner on 3 minutes gave us another early lead, which was doubled when Ferguson's superb free-kick found the net. Strangely, those were our only efforts on target as Everton then dominated, but only managed one goal in reply. Our defence was poor on the day, although Scally and those in front of him played well.


Final League Table

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It was disappointing to fail in to achieve Sudell's first objective this season - a league and cup double. Our 80 points would have won it last year, or indeed 2 years before, but we came up against a very consistent Liverpool side, led by an interesting management team of Frank Rijkaard and assistant, Alan Shearer.

Leeds and Newcastle will join us in the Champions League, with Man Utd surprisingly missing out. Speaking of the Champions League - our conquerors from the group stage went on to win it. No, not Real Madrid - but Club Brugge! The Belgians defeated Barcelona in the final as English teams struggled, only Aston Villa made it to the quarters.


Neil Scally had another season and another accolade!

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Top of the average ratings list in the EPL!


Preston end of season Stats:
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Neil Scally's average rating was a record, as was Barry Ferguson's tally of 19 assists in his debut season.


Euro 2008

Craig Brown selected the following Scotland squad for Euro 2008, with strong Preston presence.

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Mark Kerr and Simon Rusk were injured when the squad was named, although Rusk is uncapped and would likely not have been selected. The absence of Martin Cameron is another that is hard to justify, while Russell Anderson can also count himself unlucky.

The team did OK, gaining decent draws with Germany and Ireland, but lost to group winners, Denmark. This ended the Scots' tournament - although I'm not sure what the method of elimination was!

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Holland won the final 2-0 against Sweden, England went out in the group stage and strangely, did not select former Preston 'keeper, David Cole - perhaps his move to Rangers was not well received in the England hierarchy.


New Staff In:

Sudell decided no stone would go unturned in the pursuit of success for Preston, so the top coaches and scouts available were signed up for next season:

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These men will prepare the team for another season aiming for the title, as well as helping Sudell in his quest to scour Lancashire, Scotland and the world's discarded youth players, for any hidden gems that can be added to our now-strong squad.


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Next Update: Summer 2008

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Insane coaches!

Tough group for Scots in Euros!

1st end of seasons screenshot id from Sheff Wed game so might be wrong

Why are a few of the top players unhappy?

Easy street of a cup win - nice touch for Lucketti!

Good finish in league for automatic CL and a helluva effort domestically this year!
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Redknapp69 wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:26 pm
1st end of seasons screenshot id from Sheff Wed game so might be wrong

Why are a few of the top players unhappy?
Screenshot should be fixed now - thanks!

Yes, I forgot to mention the unhappiness. It's been the case for most of this season and is all due to not having enough squad depth. No one wants to leave, but I will definitely address that this summer in case it impacts morale and performances. Hopefully the academy will produce a couple of players to help with that!
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Utterly baffled by (a) a league red card leading to an fa cup suspension and (b) a league game after the fa cup final. Shame for Lucketti to end his career on a low rather than a high, but another trophy in the bag for Preston and the league is getting closer. Solid work by suddell.
I was going to ask about the unh as well but I see the answer above. Be interesting to see what signing brings it to an end, I've seen a few posts on here that indicate it's not the overall squad size they are worried about but one particular position - pos GK in this case.

Amazing batch of new bootroom hires with the scouts all capable of becoming coaches. Keep an eye on hossam though, if my theory about coaches is correct, his stats should fall a little over the coming months. £800k for coach Clive though, cost more than half your players!
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Here2Win79 wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:03 pm Utterly baffled by (a) a league red card leading to an fa cup suspension and (b) a league game after the fa cup final. Shame for Lucketti to end his career on a low rather than a high, but another trophy in the bag for Preston and the league is getting closer. Solid work by suddell.
I was going to ask about the unh as well but I see the answer above. Be interesting to see what signing brings it to an end, I've seen a few posts on here that indicate it's not the overall squad size they are worried about but one particular position - pos GK in this case.

Amazing batch of new bootroom hires with the scouts all capable of becoming coaches. Keep an eye on hossam though, if my theory about coaches is correct, his stats should fall a little over the coming months. £800k for coach Clive though, cost more than half your players!
Ahh I hadn't thought of the problem being position specific! Will sign any eligible bodies needed to solve it though!

Why do you think Hossam's stats will fall?!
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luke_21 wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:03 pm
Here2Win79 wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:03 pm Utterly baffled by (a) a league red card leading to an fa cup suspension and (b) a league game after the fa cup final. Shame for Lucketti to end his career on a low rather than a high, but another trophy in the bag for Preston and the league is getting closer. Solid work by suddell.
I was going to ask about the unh as well but I see the answer above. Be interesting to see what signing brings it to an end, I've seen a few posts on here that indicate it's not the overall squad size they are worried about but one particular position - pos GK in this case.

Amazing batch of new bootroom hires with the scouts all capable of becoming coaches. Keep an eye on hossam though, if my theory about coaches is correct, his stats should fall a little over the coming months. £800k for coach Clive though, cost more than half your players!
Ahh I hadn't thought of the problem being position specific! Will sign any eligible bodies needed to solve it though!

Why do you think Hossam's stats will fall?!
Ive noticed that some coaches lose 1-3 points from their coaching atts when on my staff. I don't have any empirical reason as to why, but my feeling is it happens more often to coaches outside their home country. So I will be interested to see if it happens to hossam with his low adaptability. Does he speak English currently?
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Here2Win79 wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:25 pm
Ive noticed that some coaches lose 1-3 points from their coaching atts when on my staff. I don't have any empirical reason as to why, but my feeling is it happens more often to coaches outside their home country. So I will be interested to see if it happens to hossam with his low adaptability. Does he speak English currently?
He has it down as a basic language. I'll be interested to see if your prediction comes true - will keep tabs!
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Summer 2008
Board Expectations:

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Preston's board are in no mood to mess about this season! 6 seasons of wanting us to fight relegation, then one where a title challenge was expected, now this!


Transfers Out:

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Chris Lucketti is the clear headline departure, although by the look of his stats after the summer break, I think we have allowed him to leave at the right time. We wish him well at Fulham.

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Transfers In:

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Finding suitable talent to bring in is much more difficult now for Sudell and his team than in the past. We have been unable to find any reasonable youth talent despite scouting constantly since June. Sudell searched every imaginable Lancashire club for teenage players, but only found two quality targets - both at Liverpool, both not for sale, and both not interested in Preston.

Jamie McCunnie has been on our radar for a while and when he requested a transfer at Rangers, Sudell moved. He may be second choice behind Anderson initially, but is certainly more youthful.

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Kevin Cuthbert as already mentioned comes in as a back-up goalkeeper.

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Neil McKenzie is one for the future, not the present, but we have high hopes.

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Kenny Nicol was spotted at Man Utd and has also been signed with an eye on the future. Hopefully he may become a decent right back.

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Friendlies

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Sudell broke his usual habit of going north of the border for pre-season and decided to help the scouts out by facing a number of Lancashire-based sides. Sudell also decided to experiment with tactics, as every advantage must be sought in order to make the final step at Preston. Here's what we came up with:

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The 5-3-2 helped us to an encouraging win over Liverpool in the Community Shield and is considered a potential robust option for away games especially.


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Barry Ferguson wearing #7. Pluck out my eyes!
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