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Back on the road
Friday 12th September 2014
North End hit the road again post the International break with a trip to the Bescot Stadium to take on Walsall. The Saddlers have not had the best of starts, and no doubt that the manager will be looking for a performance akin to the 3-0 last season and to collect the three points. It is very early days in the season but we are already six points behind leaders Peterborough albeit we have the game in hand away at Leyton Orient. Clearly we don't want the top two getting any further ahead and with games against Walsall on Saturday followed by Chesterfield and Crawley at home, we need to maximize our points total in the coming week to keep the pressure on at the top of the division.
The opening five game have produced nine points and while this is a good start the fact that we have drawn three of those games is right at the forefront of people's minds and North End must make the majority of the home games count in the quest for promotion this season. Already home support has fallen and we need to restore the faith of the Deepdale faithful by taking six points from the next two at home – after winning in the West Midlands on Saturday of course. I haven't seen anything yet in this section to worry us and I think the only thing stopping us this season will be ourselves and not the other teams around us.
Congratulation to Baily Wright, this week, on gaining his first cap for Australia against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening. To cap off a memorable night Bailey also scored the third goal in a 3-2 win for the Kangaroos so let's hope it's the first of many caps for the popular North End centre half. Back on the field and a shadow squad narrowly lost to Blackburn Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup at Brockholes on Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Reid was one of the players who got some more time under his belt along with trialist David Fox, an ex-Blackpool midfield player who played at Bloomfield Road under Simon Grayson. An interesting outgoing this week was the 93 day loan of Keith Keane to Crawley Town under manager John Gregory. I, personally, don't think the ex-Luton terrier has ever let us down and I must admit to being quite surprised when I heard of his temporary departure. Good luck to Keano whilst he is down in Sussex along with third choice keeper Steven James who has gone to Nantwich on loan for a month to get some valuable first team experience. The two outgoings sort of lead me to thinking the manager is making a little bit of headroom and it would not surprise me to see an incoming before the end of the month to strengthen the squad. Which position would be the question with striker, midfield minder and centre back all possibilities for loans into the football club.