Accrington As Important As Any
Preston made a winning start to the Championship season when beating Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and Alex Neil is keen to take that momentum forward against Accrington.
Admittedly the boss is likely to make changes for the League Cup meeting with the League Two side but Neil's insisted he's every bit as motivate to secure Preston a victory against Accrington.
Whatever side Neil does field would be expected to see off the challenge but he knows North End can't, he certainly wouldn't allow it; take Stanley lightly, as we saw in pre-season.
Neil told the Official Website: 'It`s going to be important that we try and win all of the games - that`s the way we`re going to go about every match. This one is just as important as any so it`ll be a good test for us. We will treat the game as we`d treat any other game. We`ll put a team together that we think is capable of winning the match and we`ll go there and try and win the game. Whether that`s the same starting 11 form Saturday or whether it`s slightly different to that, that will remain to be seen.'
Adding: 'Even in the pre-season matches we went there to win and we managed to do that. We don`t take any game lightly we want to make sure we go there and apply ourselves properly and the lads have been great at that so far so I don`t anticipate this one being any different.'
The pre-match analysis of Accrington has taken place with footage of their opening day win against Colchester examined. However, Neil doesn't expect Stanley to name the same side for this League Cup tie and is definitely prepared for a different side to that faced in a friendly a few weeks back.
'We looked at the footage this morning regarding them and I don`t anticipate that the team is going to be similar to the team that is going to turn out tomorrow. We`ll probably have a few changes in there, certainly from the team that played there the last time, we were still finding our feet in pre-season,' said Neil. 'It`ll be a good game - they won their first match, we`ve managed to win our first match - so we`ve got both teams going into it confident and looking forward to the game.'
Preston will be able to call upon Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi but summer arrival from Manchester United Josh Harrop remains unavailable.
One of those who should be involved is Paul Gallagher.
He too has looked ahead to this game and is aware Accrington will not only be a better side a few weeks on from the 3-2 pre-season friendly victory Preston secured, Stanley will be looking for a victory to make up for that loss, albeit a friendly.
Gallagher certainly doesn't want to be on the end of an early season upset.
He told the Official Website: 'Friendly games are there to get fit, obviously you want to win them but when it`s a cup game there`s a different perspective on the game. They`ll be looking to come back and win and we want to go as far as we can, players will probably play who haven`t really played much so it`s good to get minutes in the legs and get up to speed.'
Adding: 'You`ve got to get through the trickier ties first, there will be upsets but we don`t want to be on the end of one of them, we want to try and go as far as we can. We have had some terrific cup ties at Deepdale and the crowds have come out for them and we`ll try to achieve that again.'
Gallagher got on as a second half substitute in the victory over Sheffield Wednesday but would be expected to start this cup tie.