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Match Previews

Cardiff City vs Preston North End Match Preview

28 December 2017

The Lilywhites make a trip to Wales for their final game of 2017, as they face Neil Warnock’s automatic promotion chasing Cardiff City in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Cardiff City

27 December 2017

Alex Neil’s side will look to make their eight match unbeaten run, nine, to take them into a new year, but know they will face a very difficult test against a side who only lost their first game at the Cardiff City Stadium on Boxing Day against Fulham.

When the two sides met back in September, North End ran out 3-0 winners, with Josh Harrop, Sean Maguire and Alan Browne – from 45 yards – grabbing the goals under the floodlights at Deepdale.

However, defeats have been a rare occurrence for the Bluebirds this season and they have been in or around the top two for the whole campaign, with an experienced side available to Warnock and his coaching staff.

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Click here for our statistical look at the game

Click here for Neil Warnock’s thoughts on the game

Click here to read an interview with Chris Maxwell

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Click here for the PNE team news

Click here for Alex Neil’s preview of the game

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Match Reports

Cardiff City 0 Preston North End 1

29 December 2017

Tom Clarke was the North End match winner as the Lilywhites scored in the last minute to take all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The North End captain headed home from close range after fellow defender Paul Huntington’s header from substitute Josh Harrop’s corner had been pushed away by home goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and it was no more than the yellows deserved from a game they dominated against the high-flying Bluebirds.

In the early minutes it was evident the pace of Tom Barkhuizen was a major threat for the yellows, twice getting in good positions just outside the home side’s penalty area, but not quite finding Hugill and Horgan respectively with his final ball.

As the game grew close to half-time the visitors saw a Paul Gallagher free kick just outside the box come off the wall. It only fell as far as Jordan Hugill, however, and his shot seemed to come off the hand of Sol Bamba. The ball was recycled and Hugill saw a shot blocked for a the game’s first corner, but it was the handball that was the real talking point as the game’s mid-point drew near.

The home side were penned into their own half for much of the first period, but right on half-time a quick counter attack saw Kenneth Zohore free Lee Tomlin, but the returning Greg Cunningham made an excellent recovery run to block the midfielder’s attempted shot.

On the hour mark North End again went close. A long throw from Barkhuizen causing problems in the Bluebirds penalty area, with the ball eventually falling to Horgan, whose snap shot was blocked by Ecuele Manga for a corner. Gallagher’s delivery was met by skipper Clarke, but the ball squirted through a crowd of players and to safety for Neil Warnock’s side.

Harrop and Callum Robinson were introduced to add a further attacking intent to the Lilywhites’ output midway through the second half, with Gallagher and Horgan replaced.

Into the fonal 15 minutes and North End were denied by a brilliant Bamba tackle. Barkhuizen raced down the right and into the box, getting a shot away that Etheridge pushed out, but Hugill and Bamba slid in, the home captain just getting in a block to deny the PNE top scorer.

From the resulting Harrop corner, Clarke’s header came off the back of Zohore to take it over the bar and then Huntington met another cross by the No.10, but this time straight at the City ’keeper as the pressure built by Alex Neil’s men.

And the goal their play deserved finally arrived in the final minute. A corner was conceded as Hugill tied to find Robinson in the box. Harrop delivered and Paul Huntington’s header looked like it might have crossed the line, but play continued as Etheridge pushed it away but Clarke was there to head into goal and run away to the PNE fans who were in raptures.

There was six minutes of added time played, in which Chris Maxwell had to get down low to make a fine save from substitute Rhys Healey, but it was the away side who took the three points, to do the double over their Welsh opponents.

Cardiff City line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Tomlin (Healey, 76), Ralls, Zohore (Bogle, 83), Feeney (Hoilett, 64), Bamba (c), Paterson, Mendez-Laing, Damour. Subs not used: Murphy, Pilkington, Halford, Connolly.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Clarke (c), Cunningham (Woods, 84), Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Gallagher (Harrop, 68), Barkhuizen, Browne, Hugill, Horgan (Robinson, 69). Subs not used: Rudd, Woods, Welsh, O’Connor, Mavididi.

Attendance: 17,751 (372 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr J Linington

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Cardiff City

27 December 2017

Tickets remain on sale for our last game of 2017, as we head to the Welsh capital to take on Cardiff City on their own turf.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Cardiff City

27 December 2017

Friday night’s game, a 7.45pm kick-off, has seen the Lilywhites given an initial allocation of 448 standard tickets and 50 family area tickets for this fixture, with 300 sold so far,

Tickets are available online at MyPNE.Com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office and remain on sale until 11am on the day of the game both at Deepdale and on the website.

Prices for both areas are as follows: Standard - adults £22, aged 60 and over £18, 16 to 21-year-olds £13 and U16s £10. Family Area* - adults £15, aged 60 and over £12, 16 to 21-year-olds £10 and U16s £5. A family ticket in the family area is also available for two adults and two juniors and is priced at £36.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Cardiff City

27 December 2017

*To purchase in the family area, you must purchase at least one adult and one junior ticket together. Family area tickets are not available online.

There are eight pairs of tickets for wheelchair disabled supporters, and prices are as per the family area pricing dependent upon age band, with a carer ticket free of charge.

Ambulant disabled supporter tickets are taken from the main allocation and are priced as per the standard pricing above with a carer ticket free of charge.

Cardiff City provide eight disabled parking bays for visiting supporters which are free of charge and issued on a first come, first served basis.

Coach travel is also available and is priced at £25 for all, with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 12.30pm.

For those travelling to the game, click here to view the away fan guide for visiting supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

Cardiff also have a dedicated Twitter account for away fans, (@CardiffCityAway) and a specific email address for any visiting supporters, 

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