The Opposition View: Preston

Last updated : 07 April 2011 By Jim Bonner

A Preston fan who calls himself Dino Constovalosis answers the questions I put to him ahead of Saturday's match.

Before Tuesday's defeat to Reading you were on a roll. Do you genuinely believe that you can survive this season?

No. We need title winning form (2pts a game) to stay up so it's all but impossible, however the manager and team seem to believe they can so fair play to them.

What has Phil Brown done to turn
Preston's fortunes around?

He is a very positive person and seems to be one of those managers who gets 110% out of every player. He is also far more tactically aware than Fergie Jnr was and we are much better at stopping teams dominating us.

Are you expecting David Nugent to pop up with a goal or two against his former club come Saturday and would you have him back?

It would be typical if Nugent scores, hopefully he'll have an off day and do us a favour. And he will always be welcome back at Deepdale, although I doubt we could afford him on League One budgets!

Iain Hume is in a fine run of goalscoring form at the moment but what are the other strengths of this
Preston side?

Keith Treacy is a really good player. He is our left winger and although he looks a bit of a fatty he usually beats his man and had a brilliant shot on him.

What are the biggest weaknesses in your team?

Not that many at the moment, Brown has probably turned us into a decent midtable outfit. Probably pace against our centre halves if I had to pick one.

The reverse fixture at Deepdale was one of the worst games of football I have ever seen. Is this match likely to be similar or will you come out and attack from the start knowing only a win will do?

Yeah we'll have to attack. A point won't do us so if we do start 4-5-1 we'll probably look to start playing on the counter but if it's still level in the second half Brown likes to throw a couple of strikers on and go 4-3-3.

Predict the outcome of the game.

2-1 to Pompey.