A suspension for one of Preston North End's central defenders, gives former Yeovil Town central defender Paul Huntington a big chance to impress on his return to Huish Park. The 25 year old will be travelling down to South Somerset for the first time since packing his bags and heading up to the North-West after two years on the Glovers books.
Huntington has made 28 appearances for the Lilywhites over the 2012-13 season, but has made only one start in the league for them since December 8th, with just 43 minutes of League One football in the past two months. He has largely had to settle for bench-warming, despite Preston's increasingly poor form.
His route back into Preston's starting line-up though has been boosted by misfortune - Preston had Australian centre-back Bailey Wright red carded during their 1-0 defeat against Colchester United, after he picked up two quick bookings, and Huntington was brought on as his positional replacement to restore their back line at the Community Stadium. His boss Graham Westley has told his club's website that he will be Wright's replacement tomorrow:
"It is a bonus that Hunty (Paul Huntington) is available there to go in. He’s going back to his old club and I am sure he will have the motivation to go back there and put on a decent show. It is one of those fortunate things that we have lost a centre half and we have gained a particularly motivated one for this occasion."
Huntington has given his own pre-match views on the game to their website, explaining that he is aware of the form that his old club has been on. He also says that he will be aware of his old surroundings and what sort of a pitch he is likely be be playing on:
"They will have confidence from the run they’ve been on, but at the same time we are looking forward to the game and we are going there to win the game. The pitch will be very boggy, it cuts up quite a lot, especially in winter and they’ve had one or two games called off, but I know the surroundings well and I know that with the run they’ve had they’ll be looking to start well, but so will we. We need to get back to winning ways and putting in a dogged, hard-working performance from each and every one of us is more important from the game than for me personally."
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