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Match Previews

Reading vs Preston North End Match Preview

6 April 2018

There’s all to play for as we head into the final half dozen games of the season, with just three points covering the teams from sixth to tenth in the Championship table.

And for the Lilywhites that means they know that the next month could prove to be an exciting one, with some big games to come, starting against Reading, where it has been all change over the past month.

Jaap Stam, who last season led the Royals to the Play-Off Final, has departed the Madejski Stadium and former Swansea City and Derby County boss Paul Clement has taken up the hot seat and set about reforming the Berkshire side.

A change from the possession dominant football of the Dutchman has followed, with Clement initially looking to make his new charged hard to break down and hard to beat, so the Lilywhites know that a tough test faces them at the weekend.

Ref Watch
For the third time this season and for the second time versus Reading, Andy Madley will be the match referee for the Lilywhites’ fixture…

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Stat Attack
We travel to the Royal County of Berkshire for the 27th time in the league, looking to improve on our record in Reading…

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Ticket Information
The Lilywhites travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and look set to be backed by another good away following…

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Opposition View
Recently appointed Royals boss Paul Clement felt his side forgot to attack in Tuesday night's defeat to Aston Villa…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil’s squad suffered no new injury concerns after the Easter weekend double-header...

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Match Coverage
On Saturday afternoon, if you can’t make it to the Madejski Stadium, 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
North End boss Alex Neil is primed and ready for a trip to face Reading in the EFL Championship this weekend…

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Callum Robinson Preview
North End forward Callum Robinson feels that a lot could still chan in the league as the Lilywhites charge towards the end of this season…

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Match Reports

Reading 1 Preston North End 0

7 April 2018

An early Mo Barrow header gave the Royals all three points, despite this being their only effort on target at the Madejski Stadium.

The Lilywhites had another plethora of efforts on goal, but despite dominating the possession and the chances - hitting both the post and bar - they could not get back into the game, which their play certainly deserved.

Billy Bodin, returning to the starting XI, put in an excellent performance of the right hand side and inside two minutes the Welsh international tested former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone, as he cut in and smashed a shot on goal that the Italian pushed onto the head of Louis Moult – who started in attack - but the No.21 couldn’t keep the ball down.

The home side took the lead 12 minutes in as a free kick was awarded on the right of the box for a foul by Ben Davies on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. Liam Kelly’s inswinging free kick was flicked on to the back post and Barrow headed into the top left corner from close range.

The yellows responded almost immediately. With their riposte coming as Bodin was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and Moult curled free kick around the wall, but hit the corner of post and bar and out for a goal kick.

Bodin continued to be a thorn in the side of Paul Clement’s outfit down the right as he worked space for cross, put an excellent ball into the box, but Alan Browne couldn’t quite connect with the header when unmarked eight yards out.

Just before the interval Tom Barkhuizen made a run from his own half; marched through the middle of the Royals backline and curled a shot goalwards from 25 yards that Mannone pushed away, luckily for him landing at the feet of a home team player.

Declan Rudd had been a spectator for much of the game, but two minutes into first half stoppage time he made a vital save from Liam Moore’s header from Sone Aluko’s free kick by the right hand corner flag after Chris Gunter’s blatant dive, when Greg Cunningham had pulled out of a tackle.

North End’s No.39 Bodin continued in the second half where he had left off in the first with an effort that he fired over the bar as Cunningham found him with an excellent cross after a clever back heel from half-time substitute Sean Maguire set his fellow Irishman away down the left.

Maguire had come on with skipper Tom Clarke for Davies and Moult as the manager looked to change the direction of the game and it continued to be one-way traffic with the 704 PNE fans right behind their yellow-clad side.

Five minutes after the interval a Bodin cross from the right, was met by a powerful Maguire header which crashed off the bar and out – just the luck the Lilywhites seemed to be having in recent weeks.

With four minutes to go Bodin yet again caused problems down the right, cutting inside of fellow Welshman Gunter and drove a shot through a crowd of players, but it flew inches wide of the left hand post and despite the best efforts of the side, a goal would not come and the home side held on for the points.

Reading line-up: Mannone, Gunter (c), Moore, Swift, Aluko, Barrow, Bacuna, Ilori, Bodvarsson (Martin, 72), Kelly (Evans, 85), Richards (Clement, 46). Subs not used: Jaakkola, Van Den Berg, Kermorgant, Holmes.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham (c), Pearson, Huntington, Davies (Clarke, 46), Bodin, Browne, Moult (Maguire, 46), Robinson (Harrop, 79), Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Mawell, Horgan, Gallagher, Earl.

Attendance: 15,501 (704 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr A Madley

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Reading

5 April 2018

The Lilywhites travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and look set to be backed by another good away following.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Reading

5 April 2018

Over 600 tickets have already been sold for the clash in Berkshire, with tickets still on sale via MyPNE.Com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office. They will remain on sale online until 1pm on Friday 6th April and until 4pm at Deepdale.

We have been given an initial allocation of 1,227 tickets for this fixture and prices are as follows: Advance season ticket holder price - adults £20, seniors (aged 65 and over) £13, 18 to 24-year-olds £10 and U18s £5. Advance non-season ticket holder price - adults £25, seniors (aged 65 and over) £16, 18 to 24-year-olds £13 and U18s £8.

There are also 84 tickets available in the family area which are only available in advance of the day of the game. Family area prices are as follows - two adults and two U18s £42, two adults and one U18 £39, one adult and two U18s £26 and one adult and one U18 £22.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Reading

5 April 2018

The family area is for family groups only, adults are not permitted without children and children are not permitted without an adult. A family steward will be on hand to assist with any queries on the day.

There are ten pairs of wheelchair disabled and carer tickets, and six pairs of ambulant disabled supporter and carer tickets. Prices are as above with a carer ticket free of charge.

Supporters purchasing wheelchair tickets should not that the carer ticket it situated directly on the row below and not adjacent to the wheelchair space. Any supporters who require their carer to be sat directly next to the wheelchair user should speak to a steward on the day who will provide a portable seat for the carer.

Coach travel is also available for this fixture and is priced at £25 per person. Coaches will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 9.30am and supporters are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Tickets will be available on the day, where the Royals accept cash and all cards, except American Express, with on the day pricing being adult £25, 65 and over £16, 18 to 24-year-olds £13 and U18 £8.

Tickets can be purchased from 9am on Saturday morning, by phoning Reading's main ticket office on 0118 968 1313, or alternatively purchasing from the South Stand ticket office which is located between Gates 9 and 10 (where North End supporters will enter the stadium) from 1.30pm onwards.

Collections and reprinted tickets can also be collected from the South Stand ticket office.

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