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Preston post-match notebook: Frankie fails to back up his strong words on dismal Derby day

It doesn’t come as a surprise which is perhaps the worst part of all this. Blackpool strolled to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Preston North End without having to step out of second gear.

Eight years since the last game between the sides and eleven since the last league fixture. Understandably the build up to the game was full of nerves and trepidation.

Unfortunately anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment.

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Frankie’s feisty comments fall flat

After North End managed a rare win in midweek, McAvoy was quick to criticise fans who had doubted him. He was booed at half time of that Coventry City game and it clearly riled him. Comments such as ‘There will be some fans who are disappointed with that win” are obviously not going to help him. He always points back to the good run he had last season but that means nothing now.

McAvoy is running out of time this season. We are at the wrong end of the table and show no signs of improving. We never even look like scoring, but how can you when you set up to draw 0-0 every game?

Neil always had us pumped up for derbies

Alex Neil’s record in derbies was exceptional. They were many enjoyable wins over Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers. He knew how to set them up and had them ready to tackle the important matches.

The Blackpool game was clearly identified as a huge one this season. The players should have had it drummed into them how much it means. But it just seemed like any other game to them. Unfortunately this will live long one the memories for all the wrong reasons.

Too little too late from Browne

Alan Browne showed his frustrations late on which led to his second yellow card. The fight and passion should have been shown from the first minute not once the game was gone. In this sort of game a good challenge early on can set the tone for the day. Ryan Ledson would have been ideal for this game but instead Preston went down with a whimper.

Browne will now miss the next game and it sums up what has been a very poor start to the season for the club captain.

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McAvoy is the only one who likes that formation

The fans don’t like it, the players clearly don’t like it as Tom Barkhuizen said as much. It doesn’t work. If we go a goal down there’s rarely a way back in. When you have a 19-year-old centre back playing as one of your only attacking options at right wing back then questions should be asked. Frankie McAvoy doesn’t know how to get the best out of the players available to him. Too much quality is left out or not made the most of.

Even when he changes things round as he did to a 4-4-2 towards the end of the game on Saturday he claimed that was us being attacking. That’s a standard formation Frankie. It’s not attacking. We should be playing with wingers as that’s where some of our best players are. Those ones shouldn’t be shoe horned into other positions. There’s no plan to attack, no tactics, no plan B. We need wins and quickly but I don’t think McAvoy knows how to get them.

The facts speak for themselves

We’re in a worrying position in the table. We don’t look like winning games. We still haven’t won away all season. Cardiff City parted company with Mick McCarthy after an alarming run and we can’t be slow to react. This club is only going one way and has been going that way for sometime. We can’t just settle for mediocrity.

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