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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Norwich City Match Preview

20 April 2018

Forty-three down, three to go and everything to play for; it could be a thrilling end of the season for the Lilywhites and the first of those trio of big games see Alex Neil’s former club Norwich City arrive in PR1.

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Ticket Information: Norwich City

19 April 2018

The Canaries have a talented squad of players available and they will pose a tough test for the Lilywhites; the game between the two sides back in the first half of the season ending all-square in a tight affair.

Games between the sides at Deepdale down the years have been entertaining affairs, but playing on the same weekend for two years running, there has been a revolution at both clubs, with possibly only six players starting in total from the 22 that played last year at Deepdale.

Get your seats early at Deepdale, make some noise and get behind the team as they look to take maximum points and keep up the pressure on the teams currently occupying the Play-Off places.

Ref Watch
Taking charge of his fifth Lilywhites game of the season, Geoff Eltringham will be the referee for our Saturday afternoon clash with Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at Deepdale…

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Stat Attack
We welcome Alex Neil’s former employers to Deepdale this weekend on what might seem like a rare Saturday fixture for the travelling Canaries fans…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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Opposition View
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke says his side will be fully committed as they look to get a result at Deepdale in this Saturday's penultimate home game of the regular season…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil will hope to welcome back Sean Maguire into his squad for the visit of the gaffer’s former employers Norwich City to Deepdale this weekend…

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Match Coverage
On Saturday afternoon, 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
With the final three games approaching, manager Alex Neil feels that focus will be the key for his squad as they look to deal with high pressure games in the final run in…

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Billy Bodin’s Preview
Billy Bodin has spoken of the importance of Saturday’s game against Norwich City in getting North End into the Play-Offs…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 0 Norwich City 0

21 April 2018

The Lilywhites left everything on the Deepdale pitch, but could not break down a stubborn Norwich City at Deepdale, despite the visitors failing to register a shot on target.

The game ended goalless, with Paul Gallagher going closest to breaking the deadlock just before the half hour mark, hitting the underside of the cross bar from just 20 yards and particularly in the second half chances flowed, but they could not grab that all important goal.

Manager Alex Neil had made just one change prior to kick-off, Paul Gallagher returning to the side in place of Daniel Johnson and the midfielder pulled the strings in the opening 45 minutes.

With ten minutes on the clock he threaded a ball through the heart of the Canaries’ backline to find Callum Robinson racing through past Grant Hanley, but Angus Gunn did tremendously well to come out and smother at the feet of the No.37… just!

On the 28 minute mark Billy Bodin made an excellent run down the middle of the pitch, dancing past three tackles only for Scottish international Grant Hanley to rugby tackle him to the floor just to the left of the D, 20 yards from goal.

From the resulting free kick, the Welshman laid the ball off to Gallagher, who hit a powerful and sweet shot that beat the wall and Gunn, coming off the underside of the bar, bouncing down and after a number of scrambled headers, away to safety.

Having been forced to make on change at half-time, with Paul Huntington off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by Ben Davies, the manager also decided to make an early double change, Sean Maguire and Josh Harrop brought on and the two were effective immediately.

On the hour mark a brilliant last ditch tackle from Timm Klose denied Harrop the opening goal, as he slid in to deny the attacker after Maguire and the No.10 had broken on the counter attack as pace, the Irishman threading the ball into Harrop, only for the German to make a fine stop.

The two best chance came with just under 15 minutes to go. Firstly another positive break by PNE down the left saw Robinson get some space and pulls the ball across and to find Bodin at the back post, he set himself on his left foot, but curled the ball just wide of the left hand post from 15 yards.

And less than 90 seconds later another run from Robinson this time saw him check back onto his right foot and deliver to just to the right of the penalty spot where Maguire found time and space with a free header, but he couldn’t keep the ball down.

The side continued to press, Clarke, who had played for over 30 minutes with a hamstring injury, added himself to the forward line in the five minutes of stoppage time, but the goal could not be forced, although the gap to the Play-Offs was reduced to two points due to results elsewhere.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham, Pearson, Clarke (c), Huntington (Davies, 46), Bodin, Gallagher (Harrop, 53), Robinson, Browne, Barkhuizen (Maguire, 54). Subs not used: Maxwell, Johnson, Moult, Earl.

Norwich City line-up: Gunn, Reed, Vrancic, Leitner (Hernandez, 77), Murphy (Pinto, 90), Klose, Maddison, Lewis, Tettey (c), Hanley, Srbeny (Oliveira, 73). Subs not used: McGovern, Husband, Hoolahan, Raggett.

Attendance: 13,038 (697 Norwich City fans)

Referee: Mr G Eltringham

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Norwich City

19 April 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Norwich City

19 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 Thursday, then from 9am until 6pm on Friday night 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: Norwich City

19 April 2018

Away end tickets will be available on the afternoon, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting Canaries 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 new route from this fixture.

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