The heavy 5-0 loss against Brentford in the league forced manager Simon Grayson to act decisively and make some key changes for the last two games against AFC Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic.
Preston were able to return to winning ways in both these games. One of the crucial changes was dropping goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard in favour of Chris Maxwell. Even though the changes are expected to be temporary, it remains to be seen if Maxwell can sustain his position in the first team. At this 26 years of age, the Welsh goalkeeper has age on his side but he does lack the experience of Lindegaard.
Grayson made 10 changes following the thrashing at the hands of Brentford. The team responded with a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth in the League Cup. It was a great performance against the Premier League team and Grayson decided to retain much of the team for the league match against Wigan during the weekend. Positivity returned to the club as they were able to not only get a win, but the goalkeeper also kept a clean sheet. Grayson says that Preston are the club which will offer chances to deserving players if they perform well in training and subsequently in games.
Lindegaard will have reasons to be worried about his current relegation to the bench.“Everyone at this club knows that if they are doing well, they will get an opportunity. Whether you are a keeper or an outfield player, we will give people a chance. Chris has been doing really well, he has been pushing Anders and I made that call. Sometimes you have to make those decisions.The lads had Saturday off while the staff had the chance to get out and watch games,” said Grayson. The club’s next match is against Birmingham City.