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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 44 93
2 Preston North End 44 86
3 Milton Keynes Dons 44 85
4 Swindon Town 43 77
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 44 63
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Bradford City 44 59
11 Barnsley 44 59
12 Peterborough United 44 59
13 Doncaster Rovers 44 58
14 Walsall 44 56
15 Oldham Athletic 44 56
16 Scunthorpe United 44 53
17 Coventry City 44 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 44 47
22 Notts County 44 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40