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Deepdale (ATT 12,029) 28th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Preston Preston North End vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

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N Hunt (57)
G Alexander (90+1)

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D Haynes (11)
D N'Guessan (35)

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Hollands: Back for the Addicks

Hollands: Back for the Addicks

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Charlton at Deepdale.

Veteran midfielder Graham Alexander is set to bring down the curtain on his playing career.

Alexander, who has made 418 of his 1,022 professional appearances for Preston, was honoured with the PFA Merit award on Sunday evening in acknowledgement of his longevity.

The 40-year-old has been sidelined since December with a hamstring injury, stepping up his coaching duties at Deepdale in the meantime before his playing contract expires this summer, but boss Graham Westley wants to give Alexander the opportunity to say farewell in the Lilywhites' final home game of the season.

"To get an award and recognition from the PFA says everything about the way his fellow professionals regard him in the standards he has shown and the leadership he has given," Westley told North End's official website. "That is exactly the reason why I will do all I can to include him in the 16-man squad this weekend.

"It will be the perfect way for us to finish off the season at home against the champions with Grezza involved in the 16, and the fans able to say a big thank you to him. If he came on and scored an 89th-minute penalty to send the fans home in raptures that would be even better."

On-loan Arsenal youngster Rhys Murphy is pushing for selection in attack having scored four times in his last two reserve outings, as is Jamie Proctor with Iain Hume (foot) and Neil Mellor (knee) remaining on the sidelines with midfielder Barry Nicholson (hamstring).

Danny Hollands returns to the Charlton squad.

Hollands was an ever-present for the Addicks this season until he copped a three-match ban for his red card at Oldham earlier this month.

Fellow midfielder Darel Russell will not be available, however, as he is on loan from Deepdale and ineligible to play.

Manager Chris Powell is set to rotate his squad after they clinched the npower League One title last week, although he has ruled out throwing in some of the club's youngsters.

Matthew Taylor could earn a recall in defence while Andy Hughes, Danny Haynes and Jason Euell will also hope to be involved.

Charlton need to win one of their last two matches to hit the 100-point mark.

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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39