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Back to back FA cup’s would help soften the wounds from April! That would be some achievement to go along with back to back 2nd placed league finishes!

Does the squad have a low average age?
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NorthernLads wrote: Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:54 am Back to back FA cup’s would help soften the wounds from April! That would be some achievement to go along with back to back 2nd placed league finishes!

Does the squad have a low average age?
The squad is a pretty mature one actually - I'll do a full look through it probably at the end of the season, but basically Walker and Ritchie at DC are 34 and 33 respectively, which is a bit of a concern. A lot of other guys could be said to be at their peak already (27-32); Ferguson, Miller, Kerr, Cameron, Scally to name a few. So this seems the moment to achieve our goals before we need a massive re-build!
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Incredible improvement in clementi, although unfortunately many defensive stats are improving as well as attacking ones. Be interesting to see if he performs better in attack than mid and proves a proper heir to the ponytail.
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May 2009
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Liverpool 2-2 Preston

We got off to a flying start at Anfield when Gary O'Connor crossed for Scott Sutherland to score with 3 minutes on the clock! Sudell's joy was short-lived however, as goals from David Dunn and Neil Harris put the home side in front, and all in the first 10 minutes!

We settled to our task and an even game ensued, with Clementi striking the equaliser with a furious shot before half-time. Kevin Cuthbert, deputising for Langfield, who is serving a 4 game ban for his 2nd red of the season, did well in goal. Special mention though goes to Neil Scally, who made a ridiculous 15 successful tackles in his 10/10 MOTM performance.


Preston 4-1 Stoke

We made several changes, with more than one eye on the FA Cup final in 3 days time, but the result was still an emphatic win.

Stephen McPhee got the ball rolling, volleying in Dunne's pass, before a historic moment for Martin Cameron, who got his 100th Preston goal - fittingly, with his head.

In the second half, MOTM Stephen McPhee headed in from Rusk's corner, before Stoke pulled a goal back. Stephen Pearson rounded off the scoring with an excellent goal.


Newcastle v Preston (FA Cup Final)

The big day arrived - but most of these Preston players are no longer strangers to the big occasion, as a number contested the final last year and some were involved in the Champions League win of two years ago.

Kevin Cuthbert continued in goal as Langfield served the final game of his ban. Philip McGuire at DC was chosen to lead the team out at Wembley, while McPhee's midweek goals meant he was selected alongside Cameron up front, with Sutherland in behind.

Some nerves came into play when Newcastle took the lead early on through their main goal-scorer, Michael Chopra. We were down at half-time, but a superb 2nd half saw us bring the cup back to Preston for a 2nd year running!

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A 13-minute period in the half helped us to the win, as assist king Ferguson set up Sutherland for the equaliser, before Cameron laid on the 2nd goal for Ferguson to score, just 3 minutes later. The fans could celebrate when Cameron got his goal, a header from Kerr's cross.


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Lots of good performances from the lads, with Cameron, Scally, McGuire and Sutherland some pretty predictable stand-outs! Sudell always felt that the FA Cup may prove the hardest trophy to land, due to the knock out format and busy schedule in England from January to May, so he is delighted to see his men bring the Cup home 2 years in a row. If only we could find enough consistency in the league to match our cup prowess!!


Preston 0-0 Aston Villa

Sudell showed a human side, granting Andy Lonergan a start in what may be his last game for the club. The goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer and seems unhappy with his status as 3rd choice - probably understandable for a man who has been in the England squad. Sudell will try to keep him, if he will sign for reasonable terms.

The game was a final game dead rubber. We did all the attacking, Martin Cameron in particular, with 7 shots, but he and Preston were denied by the woodwork and MOTM Goalkeeper, Roy Carroll.


Final League Table:

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We finish 11 points short of Man Utd, mainly due to our 11 points dropped in the first 5 games, plus possibly our 8 points dropped in April. We did well to reel United in in between, but we simply didn't earn enough points. We'll need to aim for a much stronger start to set up a title win next season, if that is our destiny!

Villa and Everton won the race for Champions League places ahead of their more illustrious rivals, Liverpool and Arsenal. As Liverpool and Man Utd in particular have a lot of aging stars they rely on, next year really should be our time - but we thought that last year. Our own team isn't getting any younger and Sudell will now feel the pressure to deliver, before a major re-build is needed. 8 seasons into his work at Preston, he knows he cannot go on forever, and who knows - the 10 year mark may seem like a milestone to aim to complete his work before.


End of Season stats:

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Looking through the squad, our goalkeepers did a solid job, with Langfield's red cards being a solitary blot really. In defence, reasonable seasons for most, with the emergence of Neil McIntyre a real plus. Ritchie and Walker are now 33 and 34, so this summer's focus will be on ensuring we have the strongest possible defence at the club for next season.

Further forward, Barry Ferguson broke the record for assists, while Mark Kerr was also prolific on that front as the two stars forged a great partnership in midfield. All 5 of our forwards crossed the 10-goal mark, with Cameron breaking the goals record and Sutherland enjoying a particularly good year, especially once he moved to AMC.


Player Focus

Our final player spotlight of the season looks at 3 men who will, or may, be departing this summer. First up is Steven McMillan. Steven was signed as our first-choice left back 6 years ago, for just over £3m. Sudell expected great things, but in truth McMillan was only ever a decent full-back, perhaps failing to perform to his maximum potential. He ironically played some of his best football towards the end of his career here, once Sudell brought in players like Archibald and Crainey to replace him. At 33 years of age, it's the right time to bid farewell - we wish him luck with his career!

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Next we have the club's longest serving current player, a one club man who tops our current league appearances list, with over 300 for the club. Paul McKenna has served the club admirably and was a key man ion Sudell's early years. He became more of a utility man as we became a top team, becoming a Preston legend due to the role he played as a defensive winger in our Champions League win 2 years ago. Since then, the club has outgrown McKenna, he simply isn't of the level we need for an aspiring world-class side. The fans will be sorry to see him leave!

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Our final player in Andy Lonergan. As previously mentioned, Lonergan is currently being offered a contract, but he looks unlikely to accept at this stage. He is another one-club man, who has served the team well under Sudell. Starting as an inexperienced back up, he did a great job in the first team after David Lucas was sold, earning an England call up, before being ultimately replaced by David Cole and now Jamie Langfield. If he leaves, we'll need a competent 3rd choice keeper to replace him.

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Phew - bet nerves were kicking in a little in cup final into 2nd half. Nice that the Geordie keeper had a shocker as well - deserved win though and another parade

Good stuff to get back on horse in league - 2nd is a damn fine effort and straight into CL

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Back to back FA Cups. Now for the big one.
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Summer 2009


Pre-season Fixtures

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Sudell decided to limit the pre-season games this time around, hoping a new approach will help the team make a fast start to the league season. Good wins over Rangers, Celtic and Bayern were all achieved with a mix of youth and experience on the pitch as Sudell gave minutes to all of the extended squad. Regulars like Cameron and Clementi impressed, along with some fringe players such as Cuthbert and Barlow. We finished by playing Man Utd in the Charity Shield and dominated the game, but couldn't break the deadlock. We won a lengthy penalty shootout to complete a successful pre-season.

Our record at Wembley is now 6 wins from 6 by the way. That includes the Division 1 play-off Final, the Champions League Final, 2 FA Cup finals and 2 Charity Shield games. Fortress!


Transfers In:

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Scott Kelly looks a great prospect at DMC, although Sudell is worried by his low determination. He'll start as 3rd choice behind Scally and Rusk and will play in the Reserves initially while Sudell assesses his ability. His performances in pre-season have offered encouraging signs though.

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Craig Hogg is another who has been signed from north of the border, with an eye on the future. He also did well in pre-season and will start the competitive season in the Reserves, but expect to see him in the League Cup.

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Brian Hamilton was unhappy at Hibs and has been brought in as our new 3rd choice goalkeeper, after Andy Lonergan left when he was unable to agree a new deal with the club. Brian made his debut in the Charity Shield and was solid, even producing some heroics at the end as we won on penalties.

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There are a further two main targets we are hoping to bring in before the window closes, one for the future and one for first team contention. It is both a good and a bad thing that Sudell is now finding it difficult to find eligible players to sign who are any better than what we currently have at the club.


Finances

Money is now no barrier to us signing targets, the club are in a very healthy position.

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Player Focus

Two young players have caught the eye on pre-season. First, academy product Graham Hadley has developed well in the past year and was given a chance to impress in pre-season, a chance he grabbed with both hands. Sudell has sent him back to start the season with the Reserves, allowing senior defenders Ritchie, Walker and McGuire to start the season. Sudell will likely give Hadley a game in the Champions League and from there he could find himself more and more involved in the first team.

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Antonino Clementi was featured at the end of last season, but this summer has seen another major improvement for the young Italian and he has produced the form to match in pre-season. Sudell is very excited at how the forward has matured and hopefully he will increase his goal output this season.

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Tottenham v Preston

The lads were all raring to go for a tricky first fixture at White Hart Lane and the manager selected the following side:

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Good luck!


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What a record at Wembley! More silverware!

Excellent pre-season results as well!

New signings all look very good and I'd have Hadley in first team squad now

Clementi developing so well

Be nice to sign a Northern lad soon ;)
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August 2009


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Spurs 0-2 Preston

We went to London determined to get off to a winning start and that's what we did - granted Spurs are no longer the force they once were in the days of Shearer and Inzaghi up front, but this was still a good result in a tight game.

The first half was goal-less, although Doudou gave us a fright when his header hit the bar. Martin Cameron got our first league goal of the season when he beat 2 men and smashed it in the top corner on 57 mins, before Sutherland made the points safe 10 minutes later, running through after Clementi's pass.

Paul Ritchie in defence was the best player alongside the two goal-scorers.


Preston 1-1 Leeds

Sudell made just one change for this one, Crainey for Archibald at left-back. Leeds came to Deepdale with a very defensive minded 4-5-1. Curiously, summer signing Rio Ferdinand (bought back from Barcelona for £14m) was deployed at DMC.

We got the perfect start on 4 mins when Crainey's low cross was fired home by Barry Ferguson. Michael Bridges equalised after half-time with Leeds' only shot of the game and we then found the visitors hard to break down. When we did create openings, Paul Robinson was equal to our efforts. Crainey was MOTM.


Liverpool v Preston

Having dropped points at home v Leeds, the trip to Anfield became even more important. Sudell made five changes, Pearson for Sutherland was enforced due to injury, while Anderson, Walker, Miller and McPhee came in as fresh legs, replacing McCunnie, Ritchie, Kerr and Cameron. The result was fantastic!

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Early goals from Miller and McPhee gave us a superb start, Michael Owen pulled one back, but Kirkland's red and Rusk's penalty gave us breathing space, before running out comfortable winners in the end, thanks to further goals from Pearson and McPhee again.

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A very dominant win and we were on top even before the red card. Lots of great performances from the team.


League Table:

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We sit top at this early stage, but Man Utd and Everton have 100% records after just 2 games. Sudell is very encouraged by Preston's best league start since 2003/04.


Player Focus

Stephen Pearson has had something of a renaissance as a Preston player in recent months and he has made a very encouraging start to the season. He hasn't developed his attributes much over the years, but he is a goal threat from midfield and if he can play like he is at the moment, he'll get plenty of games.

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New Transfers

Two new players arrived at the end of the window, including a new record signing!

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Mark Fotheringham arrives from Celtic for a hefty £11m fee. He made double figures for both goals and assists last season. We have been tracking the midfielder for some time and with Charlie Miller now 33, and the squad in need of some freshening up, now seemed the right time. Sudell will give him some time to bed in, rotating him regularly at first.

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Kevin McDonald is a 'Lancashire' academy product coming from Man City and he looks a great prospect at DC. He will get game time soon, possibly in the Champions League initially, to aid his development.

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At last - a "Lanc" - looks good as well! A lot of dough though!

Fotheringham also looks good

Solid start to the season - fortunate red against the mighty reds obviously
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September 2009


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Bradford 1-1 Preston

Barry Ferguson was feeling the effects of two superb MOTM performances in midfield captaining Scotland during the international break, so Miller came in alongside Kerr.

We were on top, but didn't find the net until the 65th minute. The scorer was Mark Fotheringham, who had just come off the bench 4 minutes earlier for his debut! Bradford stunned us with a long range equaliser and although Clementi hit the bar, we couldn't get the winner. Neil Scally claimed the MOTM award.


Celtic 1-3 Preston (UCL)

Despite a few friendlies with Celtic over the years, this was our first competitive fixture against them. Determined to prioritise the league in this early phase of the season, Sudell made wholesale changes, with only Langfield and Pearson keeping their places.

Christian Timm had the Parkhead crowd their feet for the opener, but we hit back soon after thanks to a magical run and goal by Gary O'Connor. We had the lead on the stroke of half-time when Pearson took advantage of a poor goal kick by Celtic goalkeeper, Alan McGregor. The win was made safe in the second half thanks to another good run by MOTM, O'Connor, who crossed for Brian Dunne to head in.


Preston 4-0 Sunderland

Many of the regular first choice team came back for this game, which ended up being a comfortable win. Two goals for McPhee and one each for Cameron and Ferguson gave us the win, but the real talking point was the performance of 18 year old DC Kevin McDonald, who was making his EPL debut after a decent showing at Celtic in midweek. The young defender was flawless at the back, but also made 3 assists, winning the MOTM award!

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Preston 2-0 G Birligi (UCL)

This match with our Turkish opponents brought us up against former Preston player, Kenny Miller, who has been with Birligi for 4 seasons now and is an established and regular goal-scorer for them.

Miller had very little opportunity to threaten our goal today however, as we controlled this one throughout. Scott Sutherland was given a start on his return from injury and he remarkably had 9 of our 10 shots in the game, unsurprisingly scoring both goals, which were both high quality, before the manager withdrew the star man to keep him ready for the next game.


Newcastle 3-3 Preston

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A very dramatic game at St James' Park, as the Preston defence endured a difficult start, losing 2 early goals. MOTM Scott Sutherland got us back in it with a superb free-kick, but Chopra's 2nd put us 3-1 down after half-time. Fotheringham pulled one back and we felt confident of a comeback, but we struggled for chances after that and were grateful for Clementi's first of the season to rescue a point late on.


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Rapid Vienna 0-4 Preston (UCL)

We rounded off the month with a big win in Austria. Sudell rotated again and this time it was midfielder Charlie Miller that did the damage, scoring a 6 minute hat-trick before half time to earn the win and the MOTM award. Scott Severin added the 4th in the 2nd half.


UCL Table

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It looked a good draw on paper and it has proved to be so, as we are in full control without having to use our main men too much. Keeping the team fresh for the EPL will be key, so Sudell will keep using the CL to rotate and provide game time for fringe players, for now anyway.


EPL Table

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It's a tight league at the top, our 2 away draws this month were less than ideal, but we remain unbeaten. Southampton are a surprise package, but do have a strong front two and an effective 4-1-3-2 formation. Leeds could be contenders, with quality all through their team and no European football this year to get in the way. Man Utd are ageing- RvN is 33 and Veron 34, Beckham and Giggs left the club in the summer, but they do have younger stars such as Lucio, Brown and Samba. Liverpool may be the other contenders to emerge, although they lost their top scorer in recent years, Robbie Fowler, who left on a bosman at the age of 34, leaving them heavily reliant on Michael Owen's goals. All in all, this year should present an opportunity for us.


Player Focus

Kevin McDonald has made a really promising start, with that outstanding performance against Sunderland really announcing him to the Deepdale crowd.

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Barry Ferguson has made an outstanding start to the season, in every area. He has also been brilliant for Scotland, dragging the team to two wins in September, including a crucial one over Romania, making the Scots odds-on for a play-off spot and an outside bet of automatic qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

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That is a superb start to the campaign.
Southampton, Leeds and Coventry don't look like teams that will go the distance.
Big win over Liverpool
CL Group is virtually done and dusted.
McDonald looks a terrific addition.
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CL group a cinch

Bradford feels like points dropped - same for Newcastle but in reality 1 gained!

Trucking along very nicely and good to see McDonald starting well
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October 2009


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Preston 3-1 Chelsea

Chelsea returned to the Premier League this season after a 2 year absence and put their cash reserves to work, spending close to £40m on lots of new faces - but the eye-catching one was the return of John Terry from Celtic. Sudell went with his strongest team, except for giving Miller a start here after his CL hattrick - Kerr had to sit on the bench.

We made a devastating start and had the points wrapped up in little more than 20 minutes. Cameron rounded off a team move on 5 mins, then Charlie Miller got his 5th of the season with a free-kick on 11 mins, before McPhee also got his 5th of the season on 22 minutes. Sudell engaged cruise control and a 'normal' mentality for the rest of the game and although Chelsea pulled a goal back in the second half, it was a comfortable win.


Preston 4-0 Everton

Our impressive form continued here, with a great win over a fellow Champions League team. Walker for Ritchie at DC was Sudell's only change to a winning team.

The deadly duo of Cameron and McPhee did the damage again here, with 2 goals each. We were 2 up early again as McPhee finished a good team move and Cameron headed in a corner. In the second half, McPhee got above the 'keeper from Cameron's cross, before Cameron rounded things off with a run and low finish. Barry Ferguson was the main creative force, getting two of the assists.


Preston 3-3 Rapid Vienna (UCL)

The international break passed without major incident or injury, many of the team were involved as Scotland beat Armenia to secure a play-off spot next month. Sudell rested a few here and we were surprised by the Austrians, who came back from 3-1 down.

Antonino Clementi gave us the lead early on and MOTM Mark Kerr got the 2nd on 43 minutes. Vienna struck back in first half stoppage time to reduce the deficit, but Kerr's 2nd seemed to make the points safe. Turkish striker Akin Serhat gave his team hope and then the same player struck an injury time free-kick to stun the home crowd.

The result doesn't cause us any damage in terms of qualification, but we do want 1st place and this will make it harder to rest players in the final 2 games.


Preston 2-0 WBA

The first choice team returned, with Kerr's midweek display earning his place back in midfield. This was a game we completely dominated and but for the WBA 'keeper, we would have won by many more.

Kevin McDonald opened the scoring, Sudell has no idea what the young centre back was doing in the box from open play, but no problem when you score goals! The 2nd came from Martin Cameron, as he again caused havoc alongside McPhee.


Preston 5-1 Celtic (UCL)

Preston went into this one needing a win to guarantee topping the group. As a result, some players were rotated, but some stars, such as Cameron and Ferguson, remained.

The game was a hugely entertaining one and a much closer contest than the score suggests. Clementi got the first goal with a fine volley early on and he doubled the lead on the hour mark, this time beating 3 men on route to a superb goal. Sutherland made it 3 with 20 minutes left, before a Celtic penalty pulled one back. We scored twice in the final 10 minutes to add some gloss to the score-line, Dunne and Cameron the scorers.

Brian Dunne's cameo of 20 minutes in which he got a goal and an assist was enough for a 10/10 and MOTM. Rusk, Sutherland, Clementi and Cameron were all excellent in a great team display.


Millwall 2-4 Preston

Dave Anderson, aka Gascoigne's regen, gave Millwall the lead after just 3 minutes, but Clementi immediately struck back with a curling shot. Anderson laid on another goal for his team after 10 minutes, but on 17 minutes we were level again, this time thanks to Cameron.

Just before half-time, Clementi got us in front from close range, before he completed a high quality hat-trick by scoring a free-kick after the break. Unsurprisingly the Italian was a 10/10 and MOTM today as we completed a perfect month in the league!


League Table

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Southampton are still going strong at the top, but we got ourselves ahead of the rest and put some daylight between ourselves and the Champions, Man Utd, who had a horror month.


UCL Table:

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1st place is secured ahead of our trip to Turkey, where no chances will be taken with major players.


Player Focus:

Martin Cameron hit an important milestone this month:

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Cameron goes ahead of Tony Ellis' modern day record of 74 league goals, all of which were scored in the lower divisions. He is some way behind Sir Tom Finney's all-time record of 187, mind. The powerful striker had a slow-ish start, but is now firing on all cylinders and in superb form.

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Our 2nd player is Scott Sutherland. He has picked up two minor injuries already this season, curtailing his game time, but when available,the former Hearts man has been outstanding.

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Keeping him fit and firing will be key to our success this season!


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luke_21 wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:52 pm Pearson took advantage of a poor goal kick by Celtic goalkeeper, Alan McGregor.
That goal kick went exactly where he wanted it to.
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Here2Win79 wrote: Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:33 am
luke_21 wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:52 pm Pearson took advantage of a poor goal kick by Celtic goalkeeper, Alan McGregor.
That goal kick went exactly where he wanted it to.
:lol: I thought that might attract your attention!!
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November 2009


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Preston 3-0 Plymouth (League Cup 3rd Round)


Facing Division 3 opponents at home, Sudell picked as young and inexperienced a team as possible. Scott Severin, one of the senior pros, gave us the lead, before Gary Barlow got the second and third. Barlow, playing behind the front two, had 7 shots on target and was one of 5 players rated at 9/10 - although curiously, the MOTM award went to Reserve team striker, Eamonn Quinn.


Preston 4-0 Coventry

The big hitters returned in the Premier League and we got off to the perfect start against high-flying Coventry when their goalkeeper received a red and Clementi scored the resulting penalty in the 10th minute.

The rest was a procession in a one-sided game, as Sutherland scored a low strike, McDonald headed in a corner and McPhee came off the bench to score late with a fierce strike. Clementi was outstanding and took the MOTM award.


G Birligi 1-0 Preston (UCL)

Our lengthy unbeaten run this season has ended! Sudell rested players again as the group was already won, but the team should still have won this encounter.

We dominated with 15 shots to the hosts' 4, their 'keeper was MOTM and they sucker-punched us with an 89th minute goal. Simon Rusk and Brian Dunne were unlucky to be on the losing side today.


International Break - Scotland Qualify for the World Cup!

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Sudell scratched his head upon seeing Scotland placed in the Asian play-offs to face Iran, but the result was a comfortable win for the Scots, for whom 12 Preston players featured in the squad. Martin Cameron and Mark Kerr remain notable omissions, but hopefully they will get their chance in the World Cup.

Preston's only other international representation at the minute is for Ireland, for whom Henderson, Dunne and Quinn are featuring regularly.


Real Madrid 2-2 Preston (UCL)

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A thriller for the neutrals! Sutherland picked up a bruised shin on Scotland duty, so was replaced by Pearson, while Barry Ferguson was still recovering from his international work, so dropped to the bench and was replaced by Severin. Otherwise, this was a full strength side.

We got the ideal start when Mark Kerr scored after a loose ball from a corner, but soon after Russell Anderson made a two footed challenge that earned a red card. Pearson was sacrificed and Clementi shuffled back into AMC, leaving Cameron to lead the line alone.

We held out well until Samuel Eto'o's individual goal, but we were on for a famous win when Rusk scored a penalty to restore our lead. It wasn't to be as Eto'o got a deserved equaliser in stoppage time. Still, this represents a good start to the group, in which we will also face Sporting and Feyenoord.


West Ham 1-1 Preston

Sudell brought back Sutherland and Ferguson, as well as Walker and McDonald, who were selected at DC, and McPhee, who replace Cameron in attack.

Our performance here was our most disjointed of the season, as we only managed 3 shots all game and struggled to exert our authority in West Ham. Clementi set up McPhee for the opening goal early and perhaps we were too happy to sit on that, as West Ham worked their way back and got the equaliser they deserved with 5 minutes to play. A solid if unspectacular team display.


League Table

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Only two league games played this month, but we can now take top spot if we win our game in hand. A very busy and testing December lies ahead, though. Sudell is dreaming of the invincible league season as we extend our unbeaten run in the league to 12 games. It can't happen, can it?


Player Focus:

Stephen McPhee has been in sparkling form, easily the best of his Preston career so far and a key reason for our early season form. Sudell has a pleasant selection headache, with Sutherland, Clementi, McPhee and Cameron competing for three places.

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Antonino Clementi is also in career-best Preston form after a superb month for us. He is delivering on the promise shown by his recent improvement in attributes, much to Sudell's delight.

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Barry Ferguson has also been in top form and has been featured recently. He attracted interest from Man Utd this month, which prompted Sudell to offer him a new contract. He is now paid almost double that of the next highest earner at the club!

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Next Update: December 2009

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2nd CL group a bit more of a challenge and more so now with 1 point from 2 games

That Madrid match was mad!

Flying in league and games in hand - mighty reds will stop you being invincible I reckon!

Some of theyoung boys are developing superbly

Great Bazza signs on
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Uh oh, if my current game is anything to go by, once you've given out one bumper contact there's a queue at your door of 'unh' players all craving wages 3x what they were on. Still you have to keep the best player in Asia, Barry Ferguson. What on earth were Scotland doing there? You're clearly in the worst timeline, Eto'o at real, McGregor at Celtic, probably have Moyes taking over at Liverpool soon.
Looking like real title contenders this season, big double header coming up v sporting and man utd, a real squad stretching season on the way.
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Redknapp69 wrote: Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:39 pm 2nd CL group a bit more of a challenge and more so now with 1 point from 2 games

That Madrid match was mad!

Flying in league and games in hand - mighty reds will stop you being invincible I reckon!

Some of theyoung boys are developing superbly

Great Bazza signs on
That was just our first game in the CL Phase 2 - the Birligi game was the dead rubber at the end of Phase 1. I should have put a screenie of the tables!
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Here2Win79 wrote: Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:33 pm Uh oh, if my current game is anything to go by, once you've given out one bumper contact there's a queue at your door of 'unh' players all craving wages 3x what they were on. Still you have to keep the best player in Asia, Barry Ferguson. What on earth were Scotland doing there? You're clearly in the worst timeline, Eto'o at real, McGregor at Celtic, probably have Moyes taking over at Liverpool soon.
Looking like real title contenders this season, big double header coming up v sporting and man utd, a real squad stretching season on the way.
I already have Gary O'Connor unhappy because 'he wants his pay to match the top players at the club' - although he was saying that before Barry's contract. I have actually offered him top pay, but he won't negotiate! Maybe because he isn't playing regularly.

Not sure I've seen that re World Cup Qualifying before on the game. I do know it has happened IRL - Ireland played Iran in a play-off once I'm sure.
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2-2 draw in the bernabeu, tidy, especially with 10 men for 70mins! Tough group though.

Give these boys whatever they want for the contracts! Or do they know they have you over a barrel with your signings history :lol:

A good result against Manchester United surely makes your boys favourites?
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Southampton are going great guns. I thought they would have dropped more points by now.
Very competitive at the top, but you have the games in hand.
Not sure what to make of the CL group. Gaining a point in Madrid is superb, but dropping points to the Turks is a setback.
McPhee looks to be the goal machine we though he might be.
Nice to see Bazza seeing out his career with you.
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December 2009


Results:

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What a full schedule - 10 games took place in Demember!


Preston 1-0 Sporting (CL)

With Man Utd coming to Deepdale in 3 days, Sudell decided to take a calculated risk here and rested the midfield trio of Scally, Ferguson and Kerr.

With quality players Rusk, Severin and Miller coming in, perhaps it's not that big a risk. Charlie Miller again got the key goal, a magnificent individual effort in which he beat 3 players. We toiled a little after that, but were worth the 1-0 win. Scott Walker showed all his experience at the back, putting in a MOTM performance.


Preston 0-1 Man Utd

The midfield trio returned, McIntyre was picked to partner Walker at the back and Clementi given the nod up front with Cameron.

Man Utd surprised Sudell by playing the 4-3-2-1 'Christmas Tree', in which Van Nistelrooy and Bruggink were playing off Samba. Barry Ferguson suffered an early injury and then it was RvN that got the goal, a headed effort from Babayaro's cross. There were few chances for either side in a cagey game. Wes Brown was MOTM for the visitors, Cameron worked hard up front but it wasn't enough for us to maintain our unbeaten record.


Arsenal 4-0 Preston (League Cup 4th Round)

With the schedule really hotting up, Sudell changed all 11 players to leave an inexperienced line up to face Arsenal. The boys were comprehensively outplayed by an Arsenal side who were inspired by Tonton Zola Moukoko, who helped himself to a hattrick on the way to the MOTM award.

An inexperienced team may have done the job against lower league opponents, but we were found out against Arsenal, who are a quality side on their day. Sudell didn't mind as long as the boys could bounce back against Villa...


Aston Villa 2-0 Preston

The nightmare start to December continued on the domestic side, Sudell brought back his main men who were physically fit and raring to go, but still fell short at Villa Park, which is always a hard place to visit for us.

Brett Ormerod had a good day for the home side, getting both goals and the MOTM award. Mark Kerr and Martin Cameron had rare poor performances as we struggled to create much, perhaps Ferguson's absence through injury being felt.


Middlesbrough 1-1 Preston

Sudell was feeling like Preston's league title hopes could slip away for good this month, so a subtle tactical change was made to try to bring a change in fortunes. We went from 4-1-2-1-2 to 4-1-2-2-1, lining up today with Cameron leading the line and Clementi and Pearson in support.

We went behind to a direct free-kick after 17 minutes. Ferguson, back from injury, hit the post, before Brian Dunne's pass found Cameron, who levelled in first half stoppage time. We deserved more from the game, but will settle for stopping the run of defeats.


Preston 1-0 Derby

It was an ugly home win, but we're back to winning ways! Sudell gave rare starts to McGuire at DC and O'Connor in attack as he looked to shuffle the pack. Clementi won a penalty in the 14th minute and it was McGuire, wearing the captain's armband, who stepped up and scored the winning goal. Jamie McCunnie had a good game at right back and was MOTM as we saw off some late pressure to secure the points.


Preston 4-0 Blackburn

The derby came at an ideal time, as our relegation-threatened rivals are probably our favourite opponents at the moment.

Martin Cameron headed in Ferguson's cross for his 10th of the season, before doubling the lead ahead of half-time. Kevin McDonald got the third, a low strike from a corner, before Gary O'Connor got the 4th, very shortly after coming on as a sub. Cameron was MOTM and got the chance to put his feet up early alongside Ferguson and Crainey, who were also excellent.


Leeds 2-3 Preston

A huge Boxing Day fixture and a huge win for our title hopes!

Things started brilliantly when Sutherland caught Robinson off his line to score in the 6th minute, but the Premier League's top scorer, Michael Bridges, got the equaliser very soon after. Sudell had his head in his hands as Leeds took the lead on 26 minutes, but his side showed resilience to fight back.

First teenage centre back McDonald, who seems to have a real eye for a goal, scored the leveller from Crainey's free kick. Then the winner also came from a set piece, this time Mark Kerr's 20 yard effort went straight in, starting the celebrations in the away end.

Leeds probably just edged the game, but Robinson didn't have his best day in goal, while Preston showed the resilience and quality to capatalise.


Preston 2-1 Spurs

Coming just 2 days after the Leeds game, Sudell decided fresh legs were needed and opted for 8 changes, with only Langfield, Clementi and Cameron remaining.

Cameron gave us the lead, before Matt Jansen replied after 30 minutes, but Stephen Pearson's volley gave us the lead for a second time and we were then able to grind out another crucial 3 points.

Brian Dunne reminded the manager of his creative ability in midfield with a MOTM performance.


Southampton 2-2 Preston

Another 2 day turnaround and another key away game.

We started on the back foot and went behind on 30 minutes, when Walker, who had a poor day and was subbed early, conceded the penalty which led to the opening goal. Mark Kerr set up Pearson to equalise 7 minutes later as we started to come into the game more. In the second half, MOTM Mark Kerr gave us the lead and it looked like 3 points, until a late twist - we conceded the equaliser with 3 minutes to play, then Scally saw red on 89 minutes, leaving us holding on for the point at the end. Ferguson had a rare off-day, but both 'keepers did well in a game full of chances.


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We had a poor start to the month, but some key results at the end of the month - both in our games and elsewhere in the festive schedule, sent us top! We are where we need to be at the half-way stage, now Sudell's men need to kick on!


Player Focus:

Despite the red card at Southampton, Neil Scally has been his consistent, superb self lately. He is our longest serving player now and a real example to the squad.

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Mark Kerr hasn't had his best start to the season, but he played a key role in the big away performances at the end of the month. Sudell hopes this will help the dynamic midfielder to get back to his best form more consistently.

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David Coyne came up in a youth search and has been signed up, to play in the Reserves initially.


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That was a horrible 4 games without a win, but you came back with a bang.
Clear at the top and although small margins, you have the form to push on.
Can't say I'm bothered about the league cup. less fixtures to worry about at the tail end of the season.
Scally is a deamon

Coyne has a bit of learning to do.
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