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26 August 2016

Jonathan Douglas faces off against former team-mates as Blues host Grayson's Preston

Jonathan Douglas believes that the loss striker, Joe Garner will be a big loss to this weekend's opponents, Preston North End, but is aware of the threat other players in Simon Grayson's side pose.

Garner, a former teammate of Dougie's, left Deepdale to join Rangers earlier this month, and the Town midfielder knows his side need to build on last weekend's draw with Norwich.

"Preston have played a couple of different formations already this season so we're prepared for whatever they throw at us," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"Joe Garner will be a big loss for them, he's a good player, he gives 100% every time and always causes problems whenever you play against him.

"They have quality elsewhere, though. Paul Gallagher and Jermaine Beckford, that I played with at Blackburn and Leeds, can still score goals so if we're not up for it they're going to give us a hard game.

"Last weekend they had a good result against QPR away from home and we had a couple of tough games against them last season, so this time it will be no different.

"We've got to prepare right and give everything, just like we did in the game against Norwich last Sunday."

Team News


Saturday's game will come just too soon for loanee Conor Grant, as his thigh injury remains an issue. He has been missing since the loss at Brentford, but, although he returned to training this week, Mick McCarthy has decided not to risk him. Luke Hyam, Giles Coke [both knee]and David McGoldrick [ankle] also remain sidelined.


Ben Pringle will be assessed on an ankle injury suffered in North End's 2-0 win over Oldham in the EFL Cup in midweek before a decision is made as to whether he can face Town this weekend. Anders Lindegaard, Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher and Bailey Wright all missed that cup win in midweek, but will be available to Simon Grayson for the trip to Suffolk, although Stevie May and Calum Woods remain long term absentees with respective knee injuries.


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Where They Stand

Town - 13th
Preston - 23rd

Last Time They Met

It took a cracking Daryl Murphy strike from distance to draw the Blues level when North End last visited Portman Road in January. Daniel Johnson opened the scoring early on as he was first to react to a defensive error to prod home. Murph ensured Town would take a point out of the game in the end as he took Chambers' pass and rifled into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Key Players
Jonas Knudsen

The left-back put in arguably his best performance in a Town shirt in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Norwich, and his goal wasn't the only positive aspect of his display. Jonas has grown in confidence since first joining from Esbjerg last summer, and, in his own words, he is looking to add the next step to his game in order to improve further.

Daniel Johnson

The Jamaican midfielder notched eight times in the Championship last term as he finished as the Lilywhites top scorer. Alongside his goal scored at Portman Road in the 1-1 draw in January, Johnson also bagged in the reverse fixture at Deepdale in August as he levelled things up at 1 apiece before Ryan Fraser scored the winner with a stunning second-half strike. He is yet to get off the mark for the new campaign and will be looking to continue his scoring run against the Blues on Saturday.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 19/20
Draw: 23/10
Preston: 3/1

Match Officials

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: David Avent & Michael George
Fourth Official: Graham Kane

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