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Bescot Stadium (ATT 4,189) 22nd September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Collins

Walsall Walsall vs Preston North End Preston

Walsall 3

J Baxendale (38)
G Bowerman (pen 55, 58)

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Preston 1

J Byrom (10)

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Last Updated: 21/09/12 2:08pm

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Beardsley: Injury doubt for North End

Beardsley: Injury doubt for North End

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Preston at Banks's Stadium.

Febian Brandy and Adam Chambers again miss out as Walsall play host to Preston.

Forward Brandy has not featured since the opening day of the league season due to a hamstring problem and he continues to watch from the sidelines.

Midfielder Chambers (hamstring) has now returned to training, along with back-up goalkeeper Jimmy Walker (calf), but the pair are not match fit.

Otherwise, manager Dean Smith has no new injury problems from Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat at Stevenage as he looks to get the Saddlers back on track after a previous five-match unbeaten run.

The likes of Will Grigg and Richard Taundry are options for Smith should he wish to make changes against a North End side who triumphed 5-0 in midweek at home to Hartlepool.

Chris Beardsley is an injury doubt for Preston.

North End boss Graham Westley made five changes to his starting line-up for Tuesday night's 5-0 thumping of Carlisle and had another thrust upon him when striker Beardsley tweaked his hamstring shortly before half-time.

The former Stevenage man was replaced by Jack King, who went on to net the Lilywhites' third and is well placed to start against the Saddlers.

John Welsh (gashed shin) missed out against Pools, along with fellow injury victim Paul Huntington, but Joel Byrom made a maiden start in midfield and skipper John Mousinho (hamstring) returned to play the final 11 minutes - the 26-year-old's first action for a month.

"At the moment we seem to be getting one or two lads back, but also one or two dropping out," Westley told the Lancashire Evening Post. "That's why it important to realise that it's a squad game here. If you lose someone, you still want the team to be able to go about their job."

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

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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40