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Danny Mayor produces a cross.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Mayor, Reda Johnson makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Jamie Douglas, Danny Batth makes a clearance.
David Prutton on for Ben Marshall.
Shot from just outside the box by Jamie Douglas goes over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Jon Otsemobor by Juvhel Tsoumou results in a free kick. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
Chris O'Grady has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Liam Palmer comes on in place of James Tavernier.
The ball is sent over by Steven Smith, Paul Parry takes a shot. Clearance by Danny Batth.
Long distance shot from Ben Marshall misses to the left of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Jamie Douglas. Adam Barton takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Danny Mayor, Juvhel Tsoumou takes a shot. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
Paul Coutts takes a shot. Danny Batth gets a block in.
Danny Mayor decides to take the corner short.
Steven Smith produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Batth.
Ben Marshall produces a cross, Adam Barton manages to make a clearance.
Juvhel Tsoumou takes a shot. Nicky Weaver makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Danny Mayor from the left by-line, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Ryan Lowe offside. Sanchez Watt on for Ryan Lowe. Craig Morgan takes the indirect free kick.
James Tavernier produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Handball by Chris O'Grady. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Douglas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Proctor.
James Tavernier challenges Danny Mayor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie McCombe.
Chris Lines takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Coutts by Reda Johnson. Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.
Effort on goal by Jamie McCombe from long range goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Angel Llera on Juvhel Tsoumou. Direct free kick taken by Paul Coutts.
Ben Marshall crosses the ball, Craig Morgan makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe by Craig Morgan. Jon Otsemobor takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall, clearance by Paul Coutts.
Paul Parry has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Miguel Angel Llera challenges Danny Mayor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Smith.
Jose Vitor Semedo concedes a free kick for a foul on Juvhel Tsoumou. Free kick taken by Steven Smith.
A goal is scored by Ben Marshall from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 0-2 Sheff Wed.Assist by Jon Otsemobor.
Craig Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe. Direct free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line to the near post, Adam Barton manages to make a clearance.
Paul Coutts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Vitor Semedo. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Angel Llera.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe by Danny Batth results in a free kick. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the free kick.
Juvhel Tsoumou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iain Hume.
The ball is sent over by Iain Hume, save by Nicky Weaver.
Steven Smith produces a cross, Danny Mayor produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ben Marshall takes the outswinging corner, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Craig Morgan challenges Ryan Lowe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Miguel Angel Llera restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris O'Grady. Indirect free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Lines.
Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Reda Johnson on Iain Hume. Craig Morgan takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Paul Parry from just inside the area clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Ben Marshall by Jamie Proctor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Miguel Angel Llera.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall played to the near post, Steven Smith manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Adam Barton by Jose Vitor Semedo results in a free kick. David Gray restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the right by-line, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Corner taken by Ben Marshall from the right by-line, Jamie McCombe makes a clearance.
Iain Hume gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Otsemobor. Jon Otsemobor takes the direct free kick.
Paul Coutts concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Vitor Semedo. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
Ben Marshall decides to take the corner short. Centre by Chris Lines, Danny Batth grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Preston 0-1 Sheff Wed.Assist on the goal came from Chris Lines.
Outswinging corner taken by Paul Coutts.
Duo set for North End return
Preston caretaker-managers David Unsworth and Graham Alexander are set to have Jamie Proctor and Steven Smith back at their disposal for the visit of high-flying Sheffield Wednesday.
Striker Proctor could return after missing North End's last three games having broken down in his recovery from a double hernia operation, while Scottish defender Smith is back in contention having served a one-match ban for collecting his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory over MK Dons.
Midfielder Barry Nicholson is expected to fall foul of an ankle injury once more and Neil Mellor will miss the game against his former club as he continues rehabilitation following knee surgery.
Teenage forward Jamie Douglas will be pushing for further action having come off the bench to net an injury-time equaliser - his first senior goal - in the 3-3 Boxing Day draw with Carlisle.
Sheffield Wednesday skipper Rob Jones is doubtful.
The central defender was forced off early in the second half during the Boxing Day defeat at Walsall and could face a late fitness test.
Miguel Llera, on loan from Blackpool, stepped off the substitutes' bench at Walsall and is expected to retain his place alongside Danny Batth if Jones fails to make it.
Richard O'Donnell is likely to retain his place in goal following Stephen Bywater's return to parent club Derby, while veteran Nicky Weaver is not in contention after jarring his back in training.
Manager Gary Megson has no other new injury or suspension problems, but striker Gary Madine remains sidelined with a broken toe and defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring) is another long-term absentee.
The Owls, one point adrift of second-placed Sheffield United, saw their eight-game unbeaten run ended at Walsall.
Batth and Marshall on target for Wednesday
Loan stars Danny Batth and Ben Marshall proved how important they are to Sheffield Wednesday's npower League One promotion charge by grabbing a goal each in the 2-0 defeat of Preston at Deepdale.
Batth, the 21-year-old defender who has extended his stay from Wolves until the end of the season, headed in Chris Lines' cross after a short corner caught the struggling Lilywhites napping after four minutes.
Marshall, who Owls boss Gary Megson wanted to sign permanently before he agreed a new deal with Stoke, then added a second for Wednesday, while Jamie Douglas and Paul Parry wasting second-half chances for Preston.
After Batth nodded Wednesday in front Preston were fortunate to survive the next five minutes unscathed as Wednesday won five corners in quick succession.
Ryan Lowe should have doubled the visitors' lead in the 14th minute but the in-form forward was thwarted by Thorsten Stuckmann's legs when through on goal.
Stuckmann could not keep the visitors out for long, however, and Marshall beat him from an acute angle after 42 minutes to double the Owls` advantage.
Preston sub Douglas saw his effort cleared off the line by Miguel Llera after 79 minutes before Parry headed wide from six yards with five minutes to go.
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