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Byrom: Could start for Preston

Byrom: Could start for Preston

Joel Byrom is pushing for his first Preston start when Graham Westley's men look to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions.

A hamstring injury sustained during August's pre-season friendly against Leeds meant Byrom's introduction as a half-time substitute for Keith Keane in last weekend's 2-1 win over Bury was his competitive bow.

Westley credited Byrom with improving North End's quality on the ball and he is set to be involved once more when the club meet Crawley for the first time.

"It's a huge boost to have Joel back," the manager told the Lancashire Evening Post. "Watching him, you wouldn't think he had been out for four weeks with a hamstring injury.

"I thought he got us playing in the second half at Bury, our possession was much better. When you give Joel the ball he will retain it for us, he will build play, be creative and threaten going forward."

Lee Holmes (gashed leg) and Lee Trundle (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Crawley will be without Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan through suspension.

The midfield duo serve one-match bans after they were sent off either side of half-time as Town crashed 3-0 at home to Portsmouth on Sunday.

Crowd favourite Dannie Bulman will step into one of the central spots while Billy Clarke or Scott Neilson could come into the starting line-up.

Defender Claude Davis will be checked over having failed to recover from a hip problem at the weekend while winger Sergio Torres is another week away from a return with a leg injury.

Skipper Gary Alexander will be fit to continue up front despite suffering a nasty cut to the head which briefly meant the Reds were down to eight men against Pompey.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
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Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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