League One

December 8, 2012

Full-time

Preston

1 - 3

Crewe

League One

15:00 +00:00, December 8, 2012

Deepdale, England

Referee: D Drysdale

Lilywhites remain unchanged

Team Stat Comparison

Preston North End Crewe Alexandra
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 14 13
Points 59 64
Goal Difference 5 -8
Goals for * 1.3 1.2
Goals against * 1.0 1.7
Last 5 D-L-W-D-W W-W-L-L-L
Last 5 home W-W-W-D-D W-W-L-L-W
Last 5 away D-L-D-L-L L-L-D-L-W
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Preston North End | Crewe Alexandra

Competition Stats

Preston North End Crewe Alexandra
Goals Nicky Wroe 8 Mathias Pogba 12
Assists Jeffrey Monakana 6 Luke Murphy 10
Yellows Keith Keane 9 Abdul Osman 8
Reds Bailey Wright 1 Chuks Aneke 1
Squads: Preston North End | Crewe Alexandra

Next Matches

Preston North End Crewe Alexandra
4/18 A: Brentford 4/18 A: Shrewsbury Town
4/21 H: Shrewsbury Town 4/21 H: Colchester United
4/26 H: Gillingham 4/26 A: Bristol City
5/3 A: Crewe Alexandra 5/3 H: Preston North End

Preston manager Graham Westley will select from the same squad that travelled for the abandoned Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Bury when Crewe visit Deepdale in npower League One.

Torrential rain before kick-off rendered the Gigg Lane playing surface unplayable, leaving Westley a further three days to mull over who will get the nod among a well-stocked first-team group.

Veteran forward Lee Trundle made a belated Preston debut from the bench against Gillingham in the FA Cup last weekend. A knee injury sustained at Morecambe in pre-season resulted in a lengthy period on the sidelines for the 36-year-old.

Fellow striker Anthony Elding is pushing for selection once more - the on-loan Grimsby man was cup-tied for the Gillingham game.

Jeffrey Monakana recovered from a dead leg to open the scoring against the Gills and is ready to feature once more.

Defenders Scott Laird (broken leg) and Keith Keane (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Crewe boss Steve Davis must solve a selection dilemma at right-back.

Matt Tootle was sent off during Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out triumph over Doncaster in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Gresty Road.

Utility man Kelvin Mellor would normally provide an able deputy but remains sidelined with a knee-injury, meaning Harry Davis or Ollie Turton could be asked to fill the void.

Elsewhere, Davis has selection issues of a more welcome nature after he shuffled his pack to good effect against Rovers.

Goalkeeper Steve Phillips, defender Adam Dugdale, midfield Brad Inman and forward Max Clayton were all handed starts and did their causes for a place in the first XI at Deepdale no harm at all.

Skipper Luke Murphy provides another option in midfield having overcome a niggling groin problem, but striker Ajay Leitch-Smith (ankle) remains on the sidelines.