This week we’re joined by Nicholas Fish from PNE Online Community Blog for a look ahead to tonight’s game. You can also find Nicholas on Twitter (@pneblog)

Ryan – We last met in September at Elland Road, when Preston came from 4-1 down to win 6-4. Has much changed for you since then?

PNEBlog – That was certainly a magical night for any Preston supporter and has to go down as one of the greatest games in the clubs 131 year history. Sadly however, we failed to build on that win that night and have gone on to record only two wins since.

We had Darren Ferguson given the boot by the club’s hierarchy, to the joy of many of the fans; his insistence on playing attacking football and showing little concern over our defensive frailties (TSS – Sounds familiar!) ultimately cost him his job. Ironically, the game against you back in September highlighted the whole of Fergie’s regime – having to score at least 3 or 4 to take three points.

We now, thankfully, have Phil Brown in charge who is a breath of fresh air. His tactical know-how has turned us into a solid unit, hard to beat both home and away, and we will definitely be looking to cause an upset on Tuesday night.

Ryan – That game was probably our lowest point of the season so far, but where does it rank for Preston? Did you ever imagine you would come back from 4-1 down?

PNEBlog – A low point for your season; the high point for ours. At 4 – 1 down many of the Preston fans were calling for Darren Ferguson’s head, and rightly so; some fans even left early can you believe and missed one of the best comebacks in the club’s history, if not thee best.

Once that fourth goal went in from Somma, we were devastated, there was no way back. At least that’s what we thought. Even at 4 – 4 we still thought that enough was enough; if any one was going to take all three points it would be you. However, we kept on attacking, typical of Fergie, and to everyones amazement we pulled off the ‘impossible’.

Ryan – What have you made of Phil Brown since he took charge at Deepdale?

PNEBlog – Phil has been like a breath of fresh air. His light hearted attitude and friendly demeanour has seen him become an instant hit with the fans. Already in his nine weeks in charge we have seen him take part in a variety of different events, such as fans forums in local pubs, interviews on radio Lancashire and talkSPORT, and appearances on the Football League Show to name but a few.

In these dark times at the club, he has been a positive figure for the fans and players to look towards for inspiration and hopefully, sooner or later, he will transform this into wins.

He has been very unlucky in his reign so far, with key decisions going against us in games; the strikers also letting him down hugely by missing the chances when they have arisen. If anyone can get us out of the current predicament, it is Phil Brown.

I can safely say that if Darren Ferguson was still in charge of the club, both the players and the fans would already have admitted defeat, however, I can gladly say that that is not the case; we will keep on fighting till the very end.

Ryan – Obviously, you’ve not had the greatest of seasons so far but recent results suggest a change in fortunes. Where are you expecting to finish at the end of the season? Are you confident that you’ll stay up?

PNEBlog – It has been a terrible season for everyone involved with the club, and something that we weren’t expecting at all; it has come completely out of the blue.

After watching North End annihilate Premier League side, Blackburn Rovers, in a pre-season play off back in July we were expecting to be towards the other end of the table, aiming for a half top half finish and trying to sneak into that last play-off place, although with the club going through a tough period off the pitch with regards to finance, there was always that niggling concern as to the future of the club.

With the gap now being ten points between ourselves and 21st place Crystal Palace it will be an extremely tough ask for Phil Brown to keep us in the Championship, however, if we manage to take all three points against you on Tuesday Night and back this up with a win against fellow relegation candidates, Scunthorpe, next Tuesday then we could potentially be within 4 points of safety; Crystal Palace having to face Cardiff and QPR in their next two matches.

Keep the faith!

Ryan – Who should we be looking out for in your team on Tuesday night?

PNEBlog – Iain Hume has been outstanding for us since arriving on loan from Barnsley back in September, he will certainly cause your defence a lot of problems on Tuesday night. Another player who has been in terrific form this season is full-back, Billy Jones, scoring some vital goals for us in the last minute of games as well as playing the role of provider on numerous occasions; constantly bombardig up the pitch with his energetic runs have caused all kinds of problems for the opposition this season.

Keith Treacy is another one to look out for if he decides to turn up. He has been either hot or cold in games this season; on his day Keith is arguably one of the best players in the Championship. I just hope that for our sake he does show up for this vital clash.

Ryan – If you could sign one current Leeds player for Preston, who would it be?

PNEBlog – I am a huge admirer of the Ivorian winger/striker Max Gradel. Since seeing him on the television in a cup game for you guys last year I have been a huge fan, and with 14 league goals this season we could certainly do with somebody like him in our ranks until the end of the season. Goals have certainly been the problem in recent months, finding them hard to come by, and he would be the answer.

A star in the making.

Ryan – Finally, what’s your prediction for the game? I’m saying Leeds will get revenge with a 3-2 win!

PNEBlog – Well after the crazy 4-6 scoreline at Elland Road back in September it would be typical for this to be a 0 – 0 draw. However, I feel that, after recent performances against some of the top teams in the division, we have it in us to record our first win under Phil Brown and complete the double over a strong Leeds United outfit.

I would be more than happy with a boring 1-0 win; a clean sheet would be a huge boost for the players and the win would be a massive boost for all connected to the club.

Good luck for the rest of the season after Tuesday night guys. Come on you Whites!

  • badras

    well i think preston 0 – 6 leeds united with billy paynter getting his first goal of many for leeds

  • Matt BB

    i’m going for a 1-0 to leeds, I also think Paynter will get his first goal tonight, in stoppage time.

    • ANDY GREEN

      A clean sheet,you need to tell us all how you have come to that conculsion lol !

  • reiver

    Like every game now we can always expect to gift the opposition, at least, a couple of goals. It all depends on how many we can score. At the weekend we missed a bagful of chances against a defence even worse than ours! We may have a problem tonight, against a reorganised defence. The best we can hope for is a draw. I’m guessing 2-2.

  • captaincrash

    Wish it was a 3pm Saturday game!!!!!

  • Colin

    Doesn’t matter how it happens, it just has to be 3 points. This has got goalfest written all over it. Leeds can’t defend and score for fun. Preston fighting for their lives. 2 teams just going for it.

    A draw does no favours for either team. Both just have to go for it.

    • Colin

      And I can smell a feisty game as well.

      Red cards anyone?

  • halifax white

    hoping 2 1 to leeds!! (got to behave if we score could only get a ticket in the pne end!! (oooops!!)