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Deepdale (ATT 10,655) 20th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Preston Preston North End vs Exeter City Exeter

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Last Updated: 19/08/11 3:35pm

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Nicholson: Looking to score at homeground

Nicholson: Looking to score at homeground

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Exeter at Deepdale.

Preston manager Phil Brown will be reluctant to make any changes when his side host Exeter at Deepdale.

Clarke Carlisle and Barry Nicholson struck a goal in each half to hand North End their first win of the season in a 2-0 success at Chesterfield on Tuesday.

Brown's men were good value for their victory and the Deepdale boss has been boosted by the news that youngster Conor McLaughlin is edging closer to full fitness after a hamstring injury sustained in pre-season.

Brown said: "In terms of competition for places, Conor McLaughlin is chomping at the bit to get back in."

Right-back David Gray is still on the comeback trail after suffering a broken leg against Norwich in early March while midfielder Ian Ashbee could again miss out with a knee problem.

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale is hopeful his striking crisis will ease in time for the trip to Lancashire.

Daniel Nardiello is closing in on a return and will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness ahead of the game.

So will John O'Flynn, although him being ready for the game is more in hope than expectation.

Guillem Bauza played 45 minutes on his return from injury in the 2-1 home defeat to Brentford in midweek. He has suffered no reaction and is therefore pushing for a start.

Teenage striker Tom Nichols remains on standby should any of them not make it.

He impressed against Brentford after coming off the bench to win his side a penalty.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40