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Deepdale (ATT 9,812) 15th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Preston Preston North End vs Crawley Town Crawley

Preston 1

P Huntington (90+1)

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G Alexander (54, 58)

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Last Updated: 14/09/12 11:29am

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Byrom: Could start for Preston

Byrom: Could start for Preston

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston North End and Crawley Town at Deepdale.

Joel Byrom is pushing for his first Preston start when Graham Westley's men look to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions.

A hamstring injury sustained during August's pre-season friendly against Leeds meant Byrom's introduction as a half-time substitute for Keith Keane in last weekend's 2-1 win over Bury was his competitive bow.

Westley credited Byrom with improving North End's quality on the ball and he is set to be involved once more when the club meet Crawley for the first time.

"It's a huge boost to have Joel back," the manager told the Lancashire Evening Post. "Watching him, you wouldn't think he had been out for four weeks with a hamstring injury.

"I thought he got us playing in the second half at Bury, our possession was much better. When you give Joel the ball he will retain it for us, he will build play, be creative and threaten going forward."

Lee Holmes (gashed leg) and Lee Trundle (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Crawley will be without Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan through suspension.

The midfield duo serve one-match bans after they were sent off either side of half-time as Town crashed 3-0 at home to Portsmouth on Sunday.

Crowd favourite Dannie Bulman will step into one of the central spots while Billy Clarke or Scott Neilson could come into the starting line-up.

Defender Claude Davis will be checked over having failed to recover from a hip problem at the weekend while winger Sergio Torres is another week away from a return with a leg injury.

Skipper Gary Alexander will be fit to continue up front despite suffering a nasty cut to the head which briefly meant the Reds were down to eight men against Pompey.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30