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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Leeds United Match Preview

9 April 2018

The Lilywhites are back under the floodlights at Deepdale on Tuesday night, welcoming visitors from across the Pennines in the form of Paul Heckingbottom’s Leeds United.

When the two sides last met it was North End’s first away game of the season, when, despite having ten men for a large chunk of the game, held on for a point and were in fact unlucky not to come away with all three in a goalless draw at Elland Road.

This time around the game is being played at the business end of the season, with Alex Neil’s men looking to earn three points, something their recent displays have deserved.

The manager could have a full squad to choose from, should Daniel Johnson be fit after illness, and with the fourth game in 11 days, he will have the option to shuffle his squad if needed.

Ref Watch
It is a year to the week since Lee Probert last took charge of a Preston North End game as the match official…

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Stat Attack
We welcome the fifth of this season’s visitors from Yorkshire as Leeds United arrive at Deepdale for the 25th time for a league match, making this our 50th meeting in all in the competition…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Tuesday evening’s clash with Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds United at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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Opposition View
Normal matchday prices apply for Tuesday evening’s clash with Paul Heckingbottom’s Leeds United at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil will hope to have Daniel Johnson back in the squad to face Leeds United after the midfielder missed the weekend’s trip to Reading through illness…

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Match Coverage
On Tuesday evening, if you can’t make it to Deepdale, then you can sign up for a £5 match pass and watch the game – with full match commentary – live on iFollow PNE…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Manager Alex Neil says that he would take a win over a performance at this stage of the season…

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Tom Clarke’s Preview
After returning to pitch for the first time since February on Saturday, skipper Tom Clarke is targeting a return to winning ways against Leeds United on Tuesday night…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 3 Leeds United 1

10 April 2018

Three second half goals from the Lilywhites saw them come from behind to take all three points in an entertaining Roses clash with Leeds United at Deepdale.

A Paul Gallagher penalty and headers from Sean Maguire and Alan Browne led North End to a 3-1 win over Paul Heckingbottom’s side, who had taken an early lead through Kemar Roofe.

Alex Neil had made three changes to the side that faced Reading at the weekend, with skipper Tom Clarke, Gallagher and Maguire all returning to the side and it was two of those returnees who almost put North End in front inside the opening 60 seconds.

A good team move saw the ball worked from right to left, finding Gallagher in the left hand corner of the box. His effort was pushed up in the air by a deflection off Paudie O’Connor and seemed to be dropping for Maguire at the right hand post, but young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell did well to punch off the Irishman’s head to clear.

The opening goal came against the run of play as Kalvin Phillips found space on the right and drove a ball across the penalty area and into the six yard box where Roofe was first to the ball to poke home from just a couple of yards out with 13 minutes on the clock.

Chances came at both ends in the remainder of the first half. Mid-way through the period Gallagher saw a driven cross cleared from under the cross bar by Jay-Roy Grot and from the PNE No.12’s corner Browne flicked the ball on to the back post, but Maguire couldn’t keep down his header from six yards out and it flashed just over the bar.

There were still threats at the other end and visiting captain Pablo Hernandez collected the ball from Stuart Dallas on the edge of the ‘D’ and forced Declan Rudd into a fine low save to his right to push the ball behind for a corner.

The closest the home side came to an equaliser before the break came on 33 minutes when Tom Barkhuizen raced down the right hand side and crossed deep to find Billy Bodin, who cut inside and curled an effort beating the United ’keeper, but coming back off the left hand post.

However, the Welshman was involved as PNE drew level just into the second half. For the third time in his short career at Deepdale he won a penalty as a cross-field ball found him on the right and as he drove into the penalty area Vurnon Anita brought him down and referee Lee Probert had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Paul Gallagher quickly got the ball and using his usual back to the goal preparation, turned and fired right-footed at pace into the bottom right hand corner of the Town End goal. Peacock-Farrell went the right way, but had no chance given the power of the shot.

And the pressure became incessant from the Lilywhites after this. Two minutes later a clever corner routine saw Gallagher feed Bodin and then out to Browne 25 yards out, who curled an effort towards the top right hand corner, only for the Leeds stopper to tip the ball over the bar.

But seconds later they were in front anyway as from the recycled ball from the resulting corner Pontus Jansson went down in the penalty area, after heading a ball with no one near him, and Gallagher whipped a delicious ball into the danger area and an alert Maguire went in bravely with the out-rushing goalkeeper and headed home, much to the delight of the vocal PNE faithful.

Peacock-Farrell was needed again on the hour mark as Barkhuizen laid off the ball for an onrushing Greg Cunningham, marauding up from left back, but the No.3’s shot was pushed over the bar two-handed by the custodian.

Up the other end Leeds were taking risks and throwing men forward and Ben Davies and Cunningham were needed to make a fine block from Caleb Ekuban, when he broke through after North End had given the ball away in the middle of the park and then with 13 minutes to go Rudd made a fine double save firstly to deny substitute Samuel Saiz, who had broken from the left and then Ronaldo Vieira’s long distance effort from the resulting corner.

The two goalkeepers were in fine form and North End’s own substitute Callum Robinson forced a superb stop from Bailey Peacock-Farrell into the final ten minutes when he fired from 20 yards after some superb one-touch build-up play involving fellow second half introduction Josh Harrop and Maguire.

But the game was tied up with eight minutes left, with Robinson again involved, breaking down the left hand side of the penalty area before delivering an excellent left foot cross to Alan Browne eight yards out, whose brave flick header flew into the top right hand corner and gave his side the win they deserved.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Clarke (c), Cunningham, Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Bodin (Horgan, 84), Gallagher (Harrop, 67), Maguire, Browne, Barkhuizen (Robinson, 76). Subs not used: Maxwell, Woods, Moult, Earl.

Leeds United line-up: Peacock-Farrell, Roofe (Saiz, 68), Anita, Grot (Alioski, 68), Dallas, Jansson (Diaz, 57), Hernandez (c), Phillips, Vieira, O’Connor, Ekuban. Subs not used: Lonergan, Lasogga, Nicell, Pearce.

Attendance: 14,188 (3,550 Leeds United fans)

Referee: Mr L Probert

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Leeds United

9 April 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Tuesday evening’s clash with Paul Heckingbottom’s Leeds United at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Leeds United

9 April 2018

Please remember to also use the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office, which can be used to buy tickets for any part of the ground, not just the Pavilion.

Tickets can be purchased at Deepdale from 9am until 5pm on Monday and from 9am until kick-off on the day of the game, both in person and over the ticket hotline – 0344 856 1966.

Tickets can be purchased online at MyPNE.Com 24/7 right up until three hours before kick-off, with collections available from the Sir Tom Finney Stand collections windows, to the left of the ticket office.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Leeds United

9 April 2018

Away end tickets will be available on the afternoon, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting Leeds supporters can buy from the away ticket office next to the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, with cash and card payments accepted.

For home fans travelling to the game, there is a reminder that Moor Park School car park is no longer available. The Leyland shuttle bus continues its route.

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