Date: 23rd October 2014 at 5:45pm
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Manager Graham Alexander has said there will be no sentiment involved when we travel to his former club Preston North End this weekend.

Our gaffer spent ten good years at Deepdale as a player and was even caretaker boss for a short period in 2011 before they appointed the now again Stevenage manager Graham Westley to the position, and of course Alexander isn’t the only one with a Preston connection as we go into the game.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the first competitive clash between the two sides, the gaffer explained.

‘We’re in for a tough game against a very big club, but we’ll be going there looking to get a positive result because we believe we can compete against anyone in this division. We have to make sure we go there best prepared as we can be after two tough games this week already. There’s not a lot of sentiment in football, especially come Saturday at 3pm, we’re all professionals and we’re all competitive people.’

The gaffer goes on to say that obviously he, and others, have good memories of their time at Deepdale but in true cliche style, the time for those memories is after the game, the focus has to be on trying to get a positive result for Fleetwood.

‘Our personal histories are irrelevant and all we’ve got to focus on is what makes our team play well, if we play well we give ourselves a good chance of getting a result.’

One player with a former connection is Conor McLaughlin who came through their youth set up with Bailey Wright and Jack King, and during his time at the club they were all housemates.

Speaking about his first return to the club since leaving them, he explained.

‘I still talk to Bailey and Jack regularly, and it was strange playing against them but I’m really looking forward to it. I haven’t spoken to them too much about this game, but I’m sure we’ll catch up afterwards.’

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