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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Preview

16 February 2018

North End entertain the league leaders at Deepdale this weekend, with possibly the biggest crowd of the season set to roll in to PR1.

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Ticket Information: Wolverhampton Wanderers

15 February 2018

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have swept all before them so far this season, opening up a sizeable gap at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, but the Lilywhites will be relishing the opportunity to show that one defeat in 14 league games means they are also a side to be reckoned with.

The reverse fixture, down at Molineux back in October, was a tight affair, with the hosts racing into a 3-0 lead, but PNE, who ended the game with ten men after Alan Browne’s red card, fought back and were unlucky not to take something from the game, eventually losing 3-2.

Both teams will be looking to cement their positions, with Alex Neil’s men sat stalking the Play-Off places, in seventh spot, just three points behind those all-important top six.

With the large crowd expected, including a sold out away end, fans are advised to get their tickets early and to arrive well in advance of the 3pm kick-off, to avoid congestion at the ticket office and turnstiles.

Ref Watch
Taking charge of his first North End game of the season, as we entertain league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, is match official Bobby Jones…

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Stat Attack
One of the oldest rivalries in league football is continued today as we welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Deepdale for the 58th time in the EFL…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Nune Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

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Opposition View
Nuno Espirito Santo is not expecting an easy game when his Wolverhampton Wanderers side make the trip to Deepdale this weekend…

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PNE Team News
Both Ben Pearson and Greg Cunningham must sit out Saturday’s clash with the league leaders at Deepdale…

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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
Manager Alex Neil expects a good atmosphere at Deepdale this weekend when his side hosts league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers...

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John Welsh Preview
John Welsh feels that the hard-earned point against Brentford last weekend shows the battling spirit of manager Alex Neil’s side…

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Callum Robinson Interview
North End forward Callum Robinson is relishing the opportunity to lead the line against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend…

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Paul Huntington Relishing Clash With Table Toppers
Paul Huntington cannot wait for tomorrow when PNE host Wolverhampton Wanderers in a Championship clash at Deepdale…

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The One And Only Issue 16
You can read an extended interview with Alan Browne, along with features and interviews with Declan Rudd, Tom Barkhuizen, Billy Bodin and Callum Robinson, plus all the usual features and articles in our 100 page edition of The One And Only this weekend. The official matchday programme will be on sale from the Sir Tom Finney ticket office from Friday afternoon and then from inside and outside the stadium on matchday for just £3, don’t miss out!

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

17 February 2018

North End had to play with ten men for 35 minutes for the second week in a row, but claimed a point against high-flying Wolves at Deepdale.

Alex Neil’s Lilywhites extended their record to just one defeat in the last 16 Championship games, with Alan Browne putting them ahead shortly after half-time with a powerful header.

However, John Welsh saw red for a second bookable offence just before the hour mark and after a couple of lucky ricochets Helder Costa levelled matters.

But a resolute rear guard action from the home side and a couple of excellent late saves from Declan Rudd meant they got a deserved draw against Nuno Espirito Santos’ league leaders.

The North End manager was without Tom Clarke and Paul Gallagher with knocks and they joined the suspended Ben Pearson and Greg Cunningham on the sidelines, meaning a very experienced quartet was unavailable.

It meant a place on the bench for 16-year-old Irish midfielder Adam O’Reilly and a return to the side for Josh Earl, with Ben Davies also back from injury and illness at the heart of the defence alongside the day’s skipper Paul Huntington.

The organisation, that would later become even more important, was evident from the off from PNE, restricting the opportunities of the expensively assembled forwards from the Black Country.

The chances, when they came, were North End’s, the best of which in the first half coming the way of the returning Davies, who met Callum Robinson’s left wing corner at the back post, but could only direct his header just wide of the right hand post.

The second half saw the home side out of the blocks quickly and were much the better side in those opening 15 minutes of the latter period.

Inside the first 45 seconds there was a big shout for penalty, for handball, as Tom Barkhuizen raced down the left and drilled the ball across into box, seemingly bouncing up and hitting visiting skipper Conor Coady on the arm, however, the claims were waved away.

The men in lilywhite were getting closer though and three minutes later Browne burst down the right hand side of the penalty area, onto the box and drilled a low shot that beat John Ruddy, but came back out off the left hand post.

But the Irish No.8 didn’t have to wait long to see the net bulge. In the 52nd minute a long throw in from Barkhuizen was headed up in the air by Huntington and on the volley Darnell Fisher saw a vicuous effort deflect over the bar for a corner.

And from that superbly taken left wing corner in front of the Alan Kelly Town End, Robinson delivered to the back post and Browne rose above his marker to power a header past Ruddy and into the net to raise the already high level volume within PR1.

However, their task of maintaining that lead was made a little more difficult when John Welsh, who had been booked for a tackle on Diogo Jota in the first half, was adjudged to have brought down a Wolves attacker on the half way line and given a second caution by referee Rob Jones and sent off on 59 minutes.

The visitors were level two minutes later, but it took a huge slice of luck. Helder Costa ran down the right hand side and burst through two tackles, getting two lucky ricochets into his path before firing hard and low into the bottom left hand corner from 12 yards out, Declan Rudd having no chance.

Rudd was protected excellently by the men in front of him in the following 29 plus four added minutes, but he was called upon five minutes before the end of normal time. Substitute Benik Afobe found himself through, one on one and the North End No.1 came out and superbly smothered the ball to force a corner, from which the ball came out to Ruben Neves, and his effort from 25 yards was again kept out by the North End stopper, as they held on for a deserved draw.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Earl, Welsh, Huntington (c), Davies, Bodin, Johnson (Harrop, 88), Robinson (Horgan, 70), Browne, Barkhuizen (Moult, 88). Subs not used: Maxwell, Woods, Spurr, O’Reilly.

Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up: Ruddy, Doherty, Douglas, N’Diaye (Afobe, 62), Bennett, Cavaleiro (Bonatini, 89), Neves, Boly, Coady (c), Costa (Saiss, 81), Jota. Subs not used: Norris, Batth, Gibbs-White, Miranda.

Attendance: 18,570 (5,626 Wolverhampton Wanderers fans)

Referee: Mr R Jones

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Wolverhampton Wanderers

15 February 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Nuno Espirito Santo’s league-leading Wolverhampton Wanderers at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Wolverhampton Wanderers

15 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: Wolverhampton Wanderers

15 February 2018

Away end tickets are completely sold out. There will be no sales on the day. Any collections can be made from the away ticket office, next to the away turnstiles of the Bill Shankly Kop.

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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