Report links Bournemouth with Preston North End pair Lukas Nmecha and Callum Robinson, as well as Stoke Citys …

Report links Bournemouth with Preston North End pair Lukas Nmecha and Callum Robinson, as well as Stoke City\s ...

Alex Neil explains why Sean Maguire started ahead of Lukas Nmecha in Preston North Ends draw at Ipswich

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The Republic of Ireland international came in for Manchester City loanee Lukas Nmecha at Portman Road to lead the attack.

On that occasion, Neil used him in a wide position due to Tom Barkhuizen and Brandon Barker being absent.

The fact Maguire got through 90 minutes against Ipswich is encouraging in his quest for full match fitness after his lay-off.

He had started five games on the bounce, and away from home is a different type of game to being at home.

Away from home, and in particular going to Ipswich where I expected their fans to be right behind the team as they were, I thought that we needed a bit more experience to fight and scrap.

Having started on the bench Nmecha joined the action against Ipswich in the 71st minute as part of a double substitution with man-of-the-moment Paul Gallagher.

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