Following on from last week, this week started on a much more negative note for the Lilywhites.
After their draw at home against Colchester on the opening day of the season, North End travelled to Shrewsbury to face a side unbeaten at home for 18 months. The fans were very optimistic going into the game that we could end their unbeaten run but it wasn’t to be.
The ex-North End winger, Paul Parry struck to give the home side the lead. After the game, Graham Westley went on to say that Thorsten Stuckmann, the Lilywhite’s goalkeeper, was impeded by a Shrews player standing in an offside position and that the goal shouldn’t have stood.
However, such is life that if you go to a team who haven’t lost at home in that amount of time then there’s a reason for that.
A quiet week followed in terms of transfers, both incoming and outgoing until Saturday came around.
Graham Westley took his squad down to Bournemouth, the second away game in a week, looking not only to pick up their first three points of the season but also to score their first league goal of the season.
The only other goals which have come North End’s way this season so far were in the Capital One Cup game at home against Huddersfield with Jack King and Nicky Wroe bagging their first goals for the club.
The game took a turn for the worse for left winger Lee Holmes when he was fouled by Bournemouth’s Harry Arter which left a big gash in the winger’s leg. Holmes will be out for around 6 weeks after undergoing surgery on the wound on Sunday. Also, on Saturday it was announced that January signing Chris Holroyd would be joining Macclesfield Town on loan until January. You can read more here.
This week sees the transfer window shutting and the Lilywhites return to Deepdale twice in one week to face Crystal Palace and Paulo Di Canio’s Swindon Town.
The North End faithful are hopeful that a striker will be brought in before the transfer window slams shut on Friday night.
So with a not very positive week at Deepdale having just ended in terms of no incoming strikers, one the first defeat of the season and one of our summer signings out for 6 weeks, here’s hoping that this next week will be much more positive for the Lilywhites.
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