Tuesday, January 12nd, 2016
Bristol City v Preston North End
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday, January 12th (7.45pm)
Bristol City face mid-table Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).
All of the key information on City's opponents can be found below.
PRESTON NORTH END
The Lilywhites have carried their excellent defensive structure into this season and have kept 12 clean sheets. The Sky Bet Championship is Simon Grayson’s concern following their exit from the FA Cup but come into tonight’s tie off back-to-back league victories. Preston have already recruited Chris Kirkland, Sam Johnstone, Adam Reach and former City loanee Callum Robinson in the transfer window, all of whom are available this evening.
Simon Grayson - Experienced manager who enjoyed promotion success at Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston. In February 2013 he replaced Graham Westley in charge at Deepdale and in his first full season led them to the play-off semi-finals. Grayson went one further by guiding the Lilywhites to promotion with a 4-0 win over Swindon Town in the Sky Bet League One play-off final last season.
Daniel Johnson - Aston Villa academy graduate who had brief loan spells with Yeovil Town, Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic before signing permanently for Preston last January. The Jamaican-born midfielder’s initial form was fantastic as he scored four goals in his first seven matches for the Lilywhites and the 23-year-old has brought his goalsoring knack into the current campaign with seven goals in the first half of the season.
James Linington is appointed as the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Adam Bromley and Brian Durie. The fourth official will be Brendan Malone.
LAST TIME OUT
Preston North End 1-1 Bristol City – Aaron Wilbraham’s bullet header earned City a much deserved point at Deepdale. Former City man Neil Kilkenny opened proceedings with a beautiful curling effort from 30 yards, before Wilbraham restored parity from Joe Bryan’s cross.
Sky Bet League One: 3rd (beat Swindon Town in the play-off final)
FA Cup: Fifth round (lost to Manchester United)
Capital One Cup: Second round (lost to Middlesbrough)
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Northern Area final (lost to Walsall)
DID YOU KNOW?
David Beckham scored on each of his two appearances for Preston North End, where he spent time on loan at the club in the 1994-95 season. Just eight days after his final game for North End, he made his Premier League debut for Manchester United.