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Posted Thu 16 Feb 17

Wigan Athletic v PNE, Sat 18th Feb, 3pm

North End make their first league trip to Wigan since December 2004, looking for their first win at the DW Stadium since their memorable 1-0 triumph that all but secured promotion in 2000, thanks to Michael Jackson’s early goal.

The two sides met live on Sky at Deepdale back in September, with Jordan Hugill grabbing the only goal of the game that set the Lilywhites on their way to a six match unbeaten run and 14 points from a possible 18.

This time around, both teams come into the game on the back of midweek wins and will both be looking to further emphasise those wins with another valuable three points.

There is a sell-out away end backing manager Simon Grayson and his team on the fourth anniversary of his appointment at Deepdale and it should be another memorable afternoon against one of our closest geographical opponents in this season’s Sky Bet EFL Championship.

Team News
Manager Simon Grayson should add Paul Gallagher to his squad, after the influential midfielder missed the two home wins with a slight injury.

Latics boss Warren Joyce made two changes to his side before it defeated Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday night, deadline day acquisition Matt Gilks making his debut in goal and Will Grigg returning to the starting XI

There was also the first inclusion of another one of their eight deadline day recruits on the vench in former Manchester and Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan.

The Match Official
Covering his second North End game of the season this weekend will be referee Chris Kavanagh from Lancashire.

In 2014/15 he made two trips to Deepdale; the first round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Shrewsbury Town, back in September 2014 and the 5-1 home demolition of Crewe Alexandra in March 2015.

Earlier this season he visited Deepdale to take charge of the clash with Newcastle United at Deepdale.

Ticket Details
The Lilywhites’ 4,733 ticket allocation for this game has now completely sold out. Please do not travel without a ticket to the game.

For information for those attending, there will be no alcohol on sale to North End fans on the away concourse at the fixture.

The club are distributing 5,000 Simon Grayson masks to mark his four years in charge of the club at the game. There will be a soft cordon set up on the ends of the North Stand (the away end) to check that all fans going through have valid tickets for the game.
Volunteers will be on hand to distribute the masks out behind that cordon. The masks, which are solid yellow on the back, should be held up, creating a sea of yellow prior to kick off as the teams comes out.

Match Coverage
If you can’t get to the DW Stadium, Jonathan Breeze and Ian Bryson will be live on PNE PlayerHD from 2.30pm bringing you live and uninterrupted match commentary.

You can also follow the game on our official Twitter feed @pnefc, and online at Whilst from 12 noon on Sunday highlights of the game will be available, both in extended version on PNE PlayerHD and a shortened 90 second version on our YouTube site

To watch what the manager has to say about the game, click below 

To hear from Jordan Hugill when he spoke to PNE PlayerHD to preview the clash click on the video below