04/05: Preview: Preston North End
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"Preston's attacking was looking increasingly ragged. I was reminded of some of our less inspired displays over the last couple of years with Gifton in the team when lumping the ball in his general direction and hoping for the best was too frequently used as a cop-out option. Preston were gravitating towards the same thing here, except that their big man Riccardo Fuller wasn't playing and so the lumped balls out of defence were increasingly drifting harmlessly through for Pidgeley."
How will they do?
Preston were unimpressive for much of last season despite the largely unbroken presence in the side of the mercurial Ricardo Fuller. With Fuller now injured or leaving and possibly both, and with rumblings of discontent at Craig Brown's stewardship growing ever louder (see Census results...), perhaps fuelled by management uncertainty at Goodison Park, it could be a tough season for the Whites. Bottom half, could go down.