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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Ipswich Town Match Preview

23 February 2018

Preston North End’s trip to Portman Road back in November was a red letter day in the season.

It was a performance and result that saw the Lilywhites draw a line under the game after, from which they have now lost just one game in the subsequent 17 EFL Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

But having suffered a heavy defeat to Mick McCarthy’s side that day, the Lilywhites are well aware of how tough this weekend’s game will be and know they need to be at the top of their game if they are to get the positive result needed to keep up the pressure on the Play-Off positions.

There is also the side matter of Joe Garner’s first return to Deepdale since his move to Rangers in the summer of 2016 and he is certain to get a warm welcome back from the North End faithful with the striker set to return to the Tractor Boys side having missed their midweek clash with Cardiff City with a knee injury.

Ref Watch
Referee Scott Duncan will be hoping for a bit more luck when he takes charge of his second North End home game of the season this Saturday…

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Stat Attack
Despite facing each other 11 times in the last 16 seasons, this is only the 16th league game here since Ipswich Town first made the long trip from Suffolk to Deepdale in December 1964…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

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The One And Only Issue 17
Featuring in this weekend's matchday programe is a big interview with Tommy Spurr, Sean Maguire showing us his spark and Paul Huntington's five-a-side team...

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Opposition View
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that the Lilywhites have punched above their weight, but have done very well so far this season…

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PNE Team News
It is one out and one in, in terms of suspensions for manager Alex Neil as his side face Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town at Deepdale on Saturday…

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Match Coverage
This Saturday’s game at Deepdale is the main game on Channel 5 and therefore an ITN fixture, meaning in certain regions around the world the iFollow broadcast is not available…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
With some crucial games coming up for the Lilywhites in the hunt for the Play-Offs, manager Alex Neil has called for the support of the fans now more than ever…

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Billy Bodin’s Preview
January signing Billy Bodin feels he has settled in quickly at Deepdale and is relishing life in the Championship…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 0 Ipswich Town 1

24 February 2018

The Lilywhites suffered only their second defeat in 18 game, in a scrappy game at Deepdale.

Mustapha Carayol gave Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town the three points with a breakaway goal on 21 minutes and despite trying everything to turn the game in their favour, the home side could not get back into the match.

Alex Neil was forced into one change, with Darnell Fisher suspended, Calum Woods coming in at right back, as the manager retained the 4-4-2 that was successful at Aston Villa in midweek.

The visitors showed their intent from early in the game, Carayol, making his full debut for the Suffolk side, breaking away down the right before checking into the box, past Woods, the ball coming back to the winger eight yards out and he poked wide when he perhaps should have scored.

For North End, they were having plenty of the ball and won nine corner kicks in the first half alone. Callum Robinson was inches away from excellent Ben Pearson cross from the right after a clever one-two with Barkhuizen on 17 minutes, one of those corners conceded.

A trio of corner chances followed and from the third Billy Bodin had space to cross to find Alan Browne unmarked around the penalty spot, but his jump was miss-timed and he headed over the bar.

What proved to be the match-winning goal came when Carayol ran down the left flank onto long ball from Callum Connolly, won a headed from a bouncing ball and drove into the box, before slotting low into the bottom right hand corner.

And on the half hour mark it was almost 2-0, Carayol again breaking down the left, showing great pace to race to the byline and pull the ball back for Martyn Waghorn, only for a superb challenge by Ben Davies to prevent a second for Ipswich.

Ten minutes before the interval wing back Dominic Iorfa hit the bar from a shot after a left wing cross went all the way across the goal and out to the overlapping defender.

The North End boss looked to change the game before the break, making two changes. Woods and Robinson were replaced by Josh’s Harrop and Earl on 38 minutes and immediately the latter tried to get on the ball and make things happen.

However, it was the left back who tested Bartosz Bialkowski in the middle of the season half, driving in from the right and shooting left footed towards the bottom left hand corner, forcing the Polish keeper to make a solid stop to his left.

Daryl Horgan was also added, whilst Paul Huntington was sent up front, with the Lilywhites trying everything possible to try and force an opening, but the back five of Tractor Boys and those sat in front kept North End at bay and held on to record the win.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Woods (Earl, 38), Cunningham (c), Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Bodin (Horgan, 69), Browne, Moult, Robinson (Harrop, 38), Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Maxwell, Gallagher, Spurr, Welsh.

Ipswich Town line-up: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Knudsen, Chambers (c), Webster, Skuse, Waghorn, Garner (Sears, 71), Connolly, Carter-Vickers, Carayol (Hyam, 46). Subs not used: Crowe, Celina, Spence, Ward, Gleeson.

Attendance: 11,511 (474 Ipswich Town fans)

Referee: Mr S Duncan

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Ipswich Town

22 February 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Ipswich Town

22 February 2018

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.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Nottingham Forest

22 February 2018

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

For home fans travelling to the game, there is a reminder that Moor Park School car park is no longer available. The Leyland shuttle bus begins its new route from this fixture.

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