DEAN Saunders hopes to have right back Paul Quinn back in his starting line-up in tonight’s League One clash against Preston North End.
Quinn picked up a bug after playing in last Wednesday’s Capital One Cup game at Norwich and was put on a course of antibiotics. Saunders decided against risking him in his starting line-up at Leyton Orient and placed him on the bench, bringing him on late in the game.
“Paul trained yesterday and he should be okay,” said Saunders.
Midfielder Martin Woods, who also had to settle for a place on the bench after being doubtful with an ankle injury in the build-up, is also expected to come into contention for a place in the starting line-up.
With on-loan striker Iain Hume not allowed to play against his parent club, Billy Paynter is expected to partner former Preston favourite Chris Brown in attack.
The former Leeds United forward made his return after several weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury late in the 2-0 win over Orient at the Matchroom Stadium.
Saunders will be looking for a similar performance tonight.
“Preston will be a tough game for us because I think they will be one of the teams up there,” he said.
Saunders was booed during the second half of the 1-1 draw against Stevenge by a section of the crowd who were critical of Rovers’ tactics.
“They got an early goal and just sat back in their own half,” he recalled.
He warned it could be a similar scenario tonight.
“Obviously we want to win all our home games if we can and I’ve told the players that the worst thing that happens if we don’t play well in games is that we draw.
“But teams are going to come here thinking that a draw is a good result and that has not happened in the last four or five years and supporters have got to get used to the fact that teams are maybe just going to sit back and try and frustrate us like Stevenage did.
“They are going to have to get used to the fact that sometimes it might take us 80 minutes to break down some of the teams we play.
“But we’ve got three different ways of playing and normally that will cover all eventualities including games in which we have to scrap to pick up a result.
“Teams are going to have to play well to beat us, especially if we turn up with the right attitude like we did on Saturday at Orient.”