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Preston North End vs Queens Park Rangers Match Preview

1 December 2017

Ian Holloway brings his QPR side to Deepdale as two of the rare three-part-named clubs meet in the latest round of EFL Championship fixtures.

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Ticket Information: Queens Park Rangers

30 November 2017

The Rs came from two goals down two minutes in stoppage time to take a point in the derby clash with Brentford in front of the live Sky Sports cameras on Monday night and will be boosted by the confidence gained from that.

However, the Lilywhites are three unbeaten and are looking to start a run of three games out of four in PR1 with the three points.

It is very much a battle of the injured defences at the weekend, with both sides missing around seven first choice defensive options, so it could be attacks to the fore for the game!

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Click here to see what Tom Barkhuizen has to say about the game

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Queens Park Rangers 0

2 December 2017

Jordan Hugill was the hero with a late winner as the Lilywhites wore down a resolute ten man Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale.

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Patience Pays Dividends For Jordan Hugill

2 December 2017

The North End No.9 grabbed the goal just two minutes from time, guiding the ball under visiting keeper Alex Smithies, after collecting a defence-splitting pass from Paul Gallagher.

The game had changed mid-way through the first half after Jamie Mackie was given a straight red card for a tackle on Tom Clarke – the North End skipper returning to the starting XI after eight months on the sidelines.

The Rs also saw former North End defender Alex Baptiste given a second yellow card after the final whitsle, adding to the woes of former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway.

Clarke had returned to the side at centre half, alongside Paul Huntington, with Ben Davies slotting in at left back, with Calum Woods ruled out through injury.

Alan Browne started in a position just behind Hugill and the Irishman had two very good chances to give the home side an early lead – both coming in the space of 15 seconds. Firstly Tom Barkhuizen found his team-mate in a right hand channel and a driven shot brought a fine save from Smithies, but the ball came back out to Robinson on the left, who delivered a first time cross back to the edge of the six yard box and this time the No.8 met the ball, but headed over the bar from close range.

The key moment came 22 minutes in, as Clarke and Mackie went in for a tackle, the returning captain nicking the ball away from the Rangers No.12, who then came in over the top of the defender’s right foot, leaving him prone.

Referee Jeremy Simpson took moment to think, but then pulled the red card from his pocket and eventually the player made his way to the dressing room.

As is often the case when a side goes down to ten men, the visitors set up with two banks of four, with just Conor Washington as a lone attack, which meant patience and working the ball were always going to be the key for PNE.

Set pieces were also important and just before the half hour mark a free kick, 45 yards out in a right hand channel, from Gallagher was perfectly directed to just to the left of the penalty spot and Clarke rose highest to power a header past Smithies, but just wide of the right hand upright.

Gally was trying to orchestrate the attacks for Alex Neil’s men and another free kick eight minutes before the break was headed out to Ben Pearson, just to the right of the ‘D’, but his snap shot was a yard wide of the right hand post.

At the break the PNE boss made a double, tactical-change, with Josh Harrop and Kevin O’Connor introduced, Clarke and Browne withdrawn, with the team going to two up front, with Barkhuizen and Robinson down the sides.

The chances came regularly. Three minutes into the second period a Darnell Fisher cross from the right was met with a volley from Barkhuizen, but a fantastic save from Smithies saw him, not once, but twice tip the ball away and then over the bar. From the resulting Gallagher corner, Paul Huntington came close with a header.

Baptiste, playing at the heart of the Hoops defence, was having an excellent game against the club he spent a year on loan in 2016/17, and he made a superb block to deny Robinson on the hour mark. The forward driving goalwards from Fisher’s right wing pull back to the penalty spot.

The Lilywhites were trying to work the ball from side to side to create an opening and after an excellent spell of possession and patience with seven minutes left they did just that, eventually finding Gallagher 20 yards out. He whipped a shot across the goal, leaving the QPR No.1  flat-footed, but he was delighted the ball went just wide of the left hand post.

It looked as if Holloway’s men had held on for a point, but the goal finally came two minutes from time. Gallagher was once again involved - collecting the ball in the middle of the park, playing a quick one-two with Fisher, before then threading a through ball in behind the Rs defence where Hugill ran, took the ball on and then poked it under Smithies and into the middle of the Town End goal, much to the delight of the Deepdale faithful.

The home side did a great job of replicating their opponents for the remaining time, including the four minutes added on, running the clock down and taking the three points.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Fisher, Davies, Pearson, Clarke (c) (O’Connor, 46), Huntington, Barkhuizen, Gallagher, Hugill, Browne (Harrop, 46), Robinson. Subs not used: Rudd, Boyle, Horgan, Pringle, Welsh.

QPR line-up: Smithies, Bidwell, Washington, Scowen, Mackie, Robinson, Baptiste, Luongo (c), Wszolek, Chair (Sylla, 90), Wheeler (Smith, 73). Subs not used: Lumley, Cousins, Manning, Goss, Smyth.

Attendance: 11,290 (518 QPR fans)

Referee: Mr J Simpson

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Queens Park Rangers

30 November 2017

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Queens Park Rangers

30 November 2017

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.

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

First Team News

Ref Watch: Queens Park Rangers

30 November 2017

For home fans travelling to the game, there is a reminder that Moor Park School car park is no longer available, however, the club are continuing to run shuttle buses from certain areas, with further details available on the shuttle bus article on the website.

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