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Middlesbrough v Preston North End Match Preview

24 August 2017

North End go looking for their first win on Teeside in 30 years at the weekend, as they take on Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

First Team News

Neil Hoping To Cement Solid Start

25 August 2017

Ronnie Hildersley’s rocket in the FA Cup fourth round at the old Ayresome Park ground in January 1987 was the Lilywhites’ last victory over Boro on their own patch, but the current young crop of North Enders love to break a record and will be aiming to do that on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Alex Neil will be looking for another three points, which would see his side go into the international break after an excellent start to the new EFL Championship season.

The Opposition View

Home wins over Sheffield United, Burton Albion and Graham Alexander's Scunthorpe United in the Carabao Cup earlier this week have given Garry Monk a positive start to life with Boro, but he acknowledged to his local paper, so have the Lilywhites.

“They’ve had a very good start,” he told the Northern Echo. “I know Alex [Neil] very well, and he’s a very good manager. They’ve started really well, and like every game, we know it’s going to be difficult, very competitive.

“We had a good result on Tuesday, which was a good response to losing against Forest. We want to take the positives from that and finish with a good result before the international break.”

PNE Team News

Manager Alex Neil was delighted to see Calum Woods and John Welsh come through a behind closed doors game against Fleetwood Town at Springfields this week.

First Team News

Team Spirit ‘Massive’ For Pearson

24 August 2017

Woods, out since last pre-season after a cruciate knee operation, played 90 minutes against the Cod Army, whilst Welsh, out since October 2016 with a calf problem, played the first 45 minutes as they get close to a return to the first team fold.

The PNE boss also confirmed that Declan Rudd had got a full week of training under his belt, but that Paul Gallagher would again miss out after suffering concussion in last week’s clash with Derby County at Pride Park.

Experiences defenders Greg Cunningham and Tom Clarke continue to be ruled out, which means Josh Earl could continue after impressing on his debut in the home win over Reading last weekend.

Ref Watch

For our final game before the international break we have a match official who was recently promoted to the Elite Group Two list.

The referee for the clash at the Riverside will be Darren England – the second time he has taken charge of a Preston North End game, both of them away from Deepdale.

His first game was the final match of the 2016/17 season, and it was his first Championship game, in the fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Last year, in total, he took charge of charge of 42 games, including the one in the Black Country, issuing 121 cautions and nine red cards in those fixtures and was chosen to referee the League Two Play-Off Final involving Blackpool at Wembley.

So far this season, he has officiated at the four ‘cities’ of Coventry, Hull, Birmingham and Bristol and this weekend will be assisted by James Mainwaring and Nick Hopton, with Andy Haines acting at fourth official.

Stat Attack

We once again look at some of the stats connecting the two clubs and the date of this weekend’s game at the Riverside:

  • Middlesbrough are not the only club from the town we have faced in our long history, as they had a short-lived local rival in Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Known as the Nops, 1893/94 was their only season as a league club, but we did face each other in successive seasons in the FA Cup. In January 1892, we won 6-0 at Deepdale, but the following season, the Nops surprisingly gained a replay with a battling 2-2 draw at Deepdale. Order was restored in the north east when we overran our hosts with a 7-0 victory that included a hat-trick from Frank Becton.
  • Today’s game is only our fifth at the Riverside Stadium, where we are seeking our first win. Our first two games with Boro were at their original Linthorpe Road ground, the first ever being an FA Cup tie in 1892 after we had beaten the ‘Nops’, whilst our first league game in the town was in November 1901.
  • The majority of league games took place at Ayresome Park where we only managed six wins in 37 attempts. Since a 4-0 win in 1953, we have only won once more in 14 attempts on Teesside, that coming in 1971 thanks to the only goal of the match by Alan Tarbuck. Our biggest victory saw us win 5-2 in 1951, whilst we were on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline in 1925.

Match Coverage

This is the latest fixture of the new iFollow broadcasts. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland you can sign up to iFollow Premium and watch the game live!

Every game that is not shown live on Sky or chosen at the ITN main game on Channel 5, will be available for iFollow Premium subscribers who live outside of the UK and Ireland – you can sign up for a season pass or just one game at a time.

For those in the UK who can’t attend the game will be able to receive audio commentary of every game as well – and this weekend the audio commentary will be provided by Guy Clarke and former North End striker Brett Ormerod.

As well as this, our matchday centre on PNE.Com will be in full flow, as well as all the usual coverage on our social media channels of Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can interact with us on any of these channels.

We will again be testing proving an audio commentary on the live overseas video feed for iFollow customers ahead of hopefully implementing a permanent solution in September.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the trip to the Riverside are still on sale. PNE have been given an allocation of 1,198 tickets, which are available online at MyPNE.Com until 1.30pm on Friday, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office before the later time of 4pm.

Ticket prices for this match are as follows: Adults £30, seniors (65 and over) £20 and U18s £17. Tickets will be on sale on the day as well, with no matchday increase.

There are 12 pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets available and disabled supporters pay the relevant age band, with the carer ticket free of charge if required.

Coach travel is available for this game and is priced at £18 for all, with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 11am.

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 0 PNE 0

26 August 2017

North End came away from the Riverside Stadium with a point, but were unlucky not to make it all three after an excellent display against Middlesbrough.

Tom Barkhuizen went closest, his effort early in the first half tipped onto the post by the home goalkeeper and it wasn’t until the closing stages that Chris Maxwell was needed, denying Stewart Downing with what would have been a goal completely against the run of play.

Having made just one change from the side that overcame Reading the previous weekend, manager Alex Neil saw his side get off to a positive start on Teesside, with a Daniel Johnson corner at the near post falling kindly for that one man to come in – Alan Browne for Josh Harrop – only for former Manchester United full back Fabio to clear off his toes just a few yards out inside three minutes.

But the home side had an expensively assembled strike force and £15m man Britt Assombalonga looked powerful and pacy as he burst from the middle of the park through the North End backline, only for Chris Maxwell to smother well after a heavy touch from the former Nottingham Forest man.

A quarter of an hour in it was pace at the other end that brought the best chance of the first half, when Barkhuizen, in a right hand channel, burst past George Friend and drove into the box, before driving a shot towards the bottom right hand corner, only for the arm of Irish international keeper Darren Randolph to divert the effort onto the post.

It was end to end at this stage as up the other end a superb ball from Jonny Howson from the right touchline to a left hand channel sent Fabio bursting into the box. Once again Maxwell did well, narrowing the angle, forcing the full back wide, and he could only find the side-netting under pressure from Darnell Fisher.

Just before the break, with the sun beating down in the dockside-located stadium, two more great chances came the way of the Lilywhites. Barkhuizen had done well to win a free kick by the left corner flag and the No.29 delivered the cross to the back post when a header from skipper Paul Huntington forced a corner. From Daniel Johnson’s ball in from the right hand segment the keeper was again needed to claim at the feet of Josh Earl after the cross ricocheted into his path.

The second half started brightly again for the visitors with Browne holding off the attentions of Howson down the right to reverse a ball to Johnson 15 yards out, but the midfielder couldn’t get enough bend on the ball to force Randolph into another save.

Maguire was the next one to test the man in the Boro goal, collecting from Pearson 45 yards out and driving at the heart of the home defence, before unleashing from 20 yards, the keeper getting down low to his right to palm the ball behind for a corner.

From the ball in, Barkhuizen had a header cleared off the line with the goal line technology almost in use as it looked close to have crossed Randolph’s line when it was eventually cleared by the home side’s defender.

Chris Maxwell had very little to do during the game, but when called upon with eight minutes to do he made a fine save. The ball was worked from left to right by Garry Monk’s outfit with substitute Downing collecting and driving back onto his favoured left foot, but his powerful low effort to the North End stopper’s left was pushed away at full stretch by the No.22.

Into the final minute and the running didn’t stop from the away team as Hugill and Harrop combined on a counter as the No.10, on for the injured Ben Pearson, rushed into the box, only for Randolph to come out and smother the ball to safety.

Despite five minutes of added time a winner didn’t come, but nevertheless it was a very positive and pleasing performance for the fantastic vocal away following from Lancashire.

Middlesbrough line-up: Randolph, Fabio, Friend (Bamford, 55), Gibson (c), Clayton, Assombalonga, Howson, Fry, Christie, Baker (Downing, 68), Gestede. Subs not used: Dimi, Ayala, Leadbitter, Gletcher, Roberts.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Fisher, Earl, Pearson (Harrop, 70), Huntington (c), Davies, Barkhuizen (Mavididi, 75), Browne, Hugill, Johnson, Maguire (Robinson, 90). Subs not used: Hudson, Vermijl, Horgan, Spurr.

Attendance: 25,295 (961 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr D England

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Ticket News

Middlesbrough Ticket Details

25 August 2017

Tickets for Preston North End's trip to Middlesbrough this weekend are still on sale.

North End take on Garry Monk's side at the Riverside on Saturday 26th August, with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets for this fixture are still on sale and PNE have been given an initial allocation of 1,198 tickets, with up to 2,600 available.

Tickets are available online at MyPNE.Com until 1.30pm on Friday or by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office before the later time of 4pm.

There will be sales on the day at the Riverside for North End fans from the away ticket office, which is situated next to the away turnstiles and will be open from 1pm. 

The ticket office is cash only and ther will be no price increase on tickets on the day. Any supporters collecting tickets can do so from the away ticket office from 1pm. 

Ticket prices for this match are as follows:

Adults £30
Seniors (65 and over) £20
U18s £17

There are 12 pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets available and disabled supporters pay the relevant age band, with the carer ticket free of charge if required.

Coach travel is available for this game and is priced at £18 for all, with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 11am.

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