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Match Previews

Brentford vs Preston North End Match Preview

9 February 2018

The Lilywhites head to the capital once again this weekend as we face up against Dean Smith’s Brentford at Griffin Park.

The Bees have once again impressed this season with their style of play and attacking intentions, with stats showing they have the highest efforts on goal in the top four divisions.

North End will be looking to pick up their first win in the Hounslow area since Neil Mellor’s brace and a third from Iain Hume gave Phil Brown’s side a 3-1 win back in 2011.

They are also looking for their third win in a row, to keep the pressure on the top six, with Alex Neil’s men currently three points off the Play-Off positions going into the latest round of Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

With Brentford’s progress on their Lionel Road site for their new stadium, this could be one of the last opportunities to head to Griffin Park, so join what is set to be more than 1,000 North Enders heading down to London once again.

Ref Watch
Taking charge of his second North End game of the season this weekend will be Wiltshire official Simon Hooper…

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Stat Attack
For those North End fans making the trip south to Griffin Park, be warned – there is no longer a pub on all four corners of the ground…

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Ticket Information
Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s trip to Griffin Park, with approximately 1,000 tickets already sold to North End supporters…

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Opposition View
Brentford manager Dean Smith feels his side have done enough in the last two games to have won both matches and therefore is not expecting to have to lift the players ahead of the Lilywhites’ visit…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be without midfielder Ben Pearson for the trip to face Brentford at Griffin Park this Saturday…

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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
After a narrow defeat to Brentford at Deepdale earlier this season, manager Alex Neil knows what to expect when he takes his side to Griffin Park to face the Bees on Saturday…

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Darnell Fisher’s Preview
After making his return to action after a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury, Darnell Fisher is hoping he can play his part in pushing PNE into the top six in the final few months of the season…

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Preston North End 1

10 February 2018

North End picked up their first point at Griffin Park since 2011 despite finishing the game with ten men.

Tom Barkhuizen had given the Lilywhites a second half lead with a cross-cum-shot from the left, only for Florian Jozefzoon to equalise.

Greg Cunningham was sent off for two bookings in the space of 90 seconds, making for a nervy final 15 minutes, but Alex Neil’s side battled hard to earn a deserved point.

Skipper Tom Clarke was missing, as well as the suspended Ben Pearson, with Tommy Spurr making his first start since September, and Daniel Johnson also returning to the starting line-up.

Whilst the hosts had more of the possession in the first half, it was the green-clad visitors who had much the better of the chances.

In the early stages Barkhuizen saw two shots blocked, the first from a Callum Robinson pull back and the second from Darnell Fisher’s ball across from the right. They were two good chances and saw some excellent defending by Bees skipper John Egan on both occasions to keep Daniel Bentley from being tested.

Billy Bodin then had a shot from a Paul Gallagher cross after a Daniel Johnson short corner, which was blocked over bar for a corner.

A controversial moment, the first of a number on the afternoon that left Neil perplexed after the game, came 16 minutes in. Some excellent pressing from Gallagher and Robinson saw them hassle their way through on goal only for Josh McEachran, who had been robbed of the ball by the pair, rugby tackling Robinson to the ground, who would have been through on goal. A yellow card came out, but it seemed to most that a red should have been issued.

The second very disputable decision came on 27 minutes. A free kick was awarded out on the left and Gallagher delivered a superb ball into around the penalty spot where Spurr rose superbly and powered a header into the top left hand corner of the goal. Replays showed the Brentford left back had played him clearly onside, but the linesman’s flag had gone up and the goal was chalked off.

Declan Rudd had been a spectator for much of the first half, but made a fine save to keep his side level just before half-time. Neal Maupay was played through the middle of the goal and went through one-on-one with the North End ’keeper who stayed big and made a fine save with his leg to divert the ball behind.

The opening goal came ten minutes after the interval. A cushioned Cunningham header found Barkhuizen on the left flank, he cut back onto his right foot just to the left of the penalty area and delivered a superb cross that Callum Robinson tried to get his head on, but it evaded everyone and fired into the inside side-netting on the right of the goal, much to the delight of the fantastic and vocal travelling fans.

However, the lead only lasted seven minutes. A throw in on the right was fed into Jozefzoon inside the penalty area. He looked to have controlled the ball with his arm, but was allowed to continue, spinning and shooting low into the bottom right hand corner, giving Rudd no chance.

With 15 minutes to go the third of the moments that left people questioning the officiating came. Bentley, the home custodian ran into the back of Cunningham, with the North End captain for the day getting a very harsh booking and then less than 90 seconds later was again punished for a foul on the Bees goalscorer and referee Simon Hooper was quick to pull out a second yellow card, swiftly followed by the red.

North End were now forced backwards, but battled tremendously, putting bodies on the line and denying their hosts any real chances.

The best opportunity for the Bees came three minutes from time when substitute Calum Woods was again harshly adjudged to have brought down Jozefzoon and Alan Judge, just on for Brentford, stepped up and curled a free kick over the wall, but against the post and away to safety. Five minutes was then added on, to extend the wait, but the final whistle was greeted with a fantastic reception from the following PNE faithful after another determined display.

Brentford line-up: Bentley, Bjelland, Jozefzoon, Yennaris, Maupay (Marcondes, 74), McEachran (Macleod, 80), Watkins, Egan (c), Sawyers (Judge, 74), Clarke, Dalsgaard. Subs not used: Daniels, Mokotjo, Ogbene, Barbet.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham (c), Johnson, Huntington, Spurr, Bodin (Horgan, 89), Gallagher (Welsh, 66), Robinson (Woods, 76), Browne, Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Maxwell, Harrop, Moult, Earl.

Attendance: 9,194 (1,042 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr S Hooper

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Brentford

8 February 2018

Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s trip to Griffin Park, with over 900 tickets already sold to North End supporters.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Brentford

8 February 2018

Tickets are on sale and are available online at MyPNE.Com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office, remaining on sale online until 1pm on Friday afternoon and at Deepdale until 4pm the day before the game.

We have been given an allocation of 1,640 in the Brook Road Stand, with 590 seated tickets, and 1,050 standing tickets, with less than 150 seating tickets remaining.

Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows: Seating - adults £25.50, seniors (65 and over) £18.50, 18 to 24-year-olds £16.50 and U18s £6. Terracing - adults £23, seniors (65 and over) £17, 18 to 24-year-olds £15 and U18s £6.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Brentford

8 February 2018

Please note that their are two levels in this stand, with seating on the upper level and terracing on the lower level. The seating is only accessible by two flights of stairs.

There are five pairs of wheelchair disabled supporter and carer tickets, which are located seperately to the main allocation in the Braemar Road Stand with a mix of home and away supporters. Prices are as per the seating prices above with a carer ticket free of charge.

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

Coach travel is also available and is priced at £25 per person with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 9am. Limited travel is left from Deepdale available, but there is still plenty left from Leyland.

Don’t forget that season ticket holders can take advantage of the 20% discount on off peak advanced train fares with Virgin Trains so why not make the most of the offer and travel to the game by train!

Brentford have confirmed they will be selling on Saturday to PNE supporters.

First Team News

Gaffer Ready For Bees Test

8 February 2018

All tickets will increase by £5 except for juniors which will stay the same.

Collections will be available from the ticket collection booth on Braemar Road once the supporters coaches arrive at Brentford.

We have now reached the limit on collections at Brentford as they can only accommodate a limited number due to their facilities and we can no longer post tickets out. Supporters living further afield can choose to pay for next day delivery or pay on the day.

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