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Wigan Athletic 0 PNE 0

18 February 2017

Wigan Athletic 0 PNE 0

North End missed the chance to make it three wins in a week after Matt Gilks saved Jordan Hugill’s first half penalty at the DW Stadium.

It was an unchanged North End 18 for the third game in a row who emerged in front of a sea of yellow faces on the away end, to mark the fourth anniversary of Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager.

But it was the home side who created the first opening of the game, deadline day signing Omar Bogle allowed space for a shot from the left hand edge of the penalty area, but Chris Maxwell was equal to it – saving in front of the Wigan fans, after Latics skipper Stephen Warnock had chosen to switch the teams round on his home ground so that North End wouldn’t play towards their sell out away end in the second half.

After the early scare North End grew into the game and Irish winger Daryl Horgan dragged a shot just wide of the left hand post after build-up play involving Callum Robinson, Aiden McGeady and Alan Browne.

But the best chance of the half came after nine minutes as a free kick from McGeady on the left found its way into the feet on Callum Robinson in the box and a foul by Omar Bogle brought a penalty, with Chris Kavanagh – who controversially didn’t give one for Jermaine Beckford against Newcastle back in October – having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Top scorer Jordan Hugill stepped up, but his tame effort low to the right was saved by Matt Gilks in the Wigan goal. The ball came back out to the No.25, but the second attempt was also straight into the chest of the former Rangers keeper.

After the penalty the rest of the first half was a bit of a battle, the closest the next 35 minutes came to a chance was when former Chesterfield midfielder Sam Morsy fired goalwards from the edge of the box, the ball deflecting off Tom Clarke behind for a corner.

A Greg Cunningham tackle with 14 minutes left was the first real action of the second half, the Irish No.3 making a superb last ditch lunge to take the ball off the toes of Omar Bogle who was through on goal.

North End brought on Beckford, Makienok and Barkhuizen looking to try and force the winner, but they could not create that clear cut opening against a stubborn Latics defence and had to settle for a point.

Wigan Athletic line-up: Gilks, Buxton, Power (Hanson, 77), Morsy, Grigg, Connolly, Bogle, MacDonald (Perkins, 85), Tunnicliffe, Warnock (c), Burn. Subs not used: Roberts, Obertan, Hanson, Laurent, Mandron, Weir.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Browning, Cunningham, Pearson, Clarke (c), Huntington, Horgan (Barkhuizen, 82), Browne, Robinson (Beckford, 63), Hugill (Makienok, 63), McGeady. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Johnson, May, Boyle.

Attendance: 15,117 (4,765 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr C Kavanagh

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Sell Out Away Following To Celebrate The Gaffer's Fourth Anniversary

15 February 2017

North End will be supported by over 4,700 travelling PNE fans at the DW Stadium on Saturday 18th February.

The match also marks four years since manager Simon Grayson was appointed at Deepdale, and he will be looking to build on a successful week so far with back to back victories against Brentford and Birmingham City.

To mark the gaffer's anniversary, the club will be providing the travelling supporters with Simon Grayson masks to show their support for the him at the DW Stadium. 

The reverse of the masks will be all yellow, so remember to hold yours up as the team come out of the tunnel to create a sea of yellow in the away end!

Last season saw three derby day victories on the road and Simon and his squad will be looking to continue their winning run against Wigan Athletic on Saturday. 

On the club's gesture to mark his anniversary, Grayson said: "It will be quite scary to see I suppose! It's a nice idea, I'm not sure who is going to get the blame for this!

"There will be one or two left on the mantelpiece by the parents I think to keep the kids away from the fire.

"But it's nice that the club have done it, though I think it might be best to use the yellow as opposed to the face throughout the course of the match!" 

The Latics have also asked the club to inform the travelling fans that there will be no alcohol served at half-time on away end concourses at the DW Stadium.

A reminder that if you missed out on a ticket, you can listen to the game live on PNE PlayerHD where Jonathan Breeze will be joined by Ian Bryson from 2.30pm. 

Coach travel is still available for those who have a ticket, and is priced at just £10 for all. Coaches will leave both Deepdale and Leyland at 1pm. 

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