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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Bristol City Match Preview

6 March 2018

Eleven games to go, six at home and five away, we’re into that crunch stage of the season and we begin with back-to-back home games against teams above us in the table.

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Ticket Information: Bristol City

5 March 2018

To start with, Lee Johnson brings his Bristol City side to Deepdale, including ex-North Enders Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill in his ranks.

Both sides picked up excellent results at the weekend and will go into the game in confidence, knowing that a positive result will put pressure on the other teams in the Play-Off chase.

When the two sides met at Ashton Gate back in November, goals from Paul Gallagher and Callum Robinson gave the Lilywhites all three points as they exited their difficult spell with injuries.

This time around, the manager is starting to get his full squad back and with Sean Maguire giving a timely boost on his return at the weekend, there is plenty of positivity around PR1.

Ref Watch
Taking charge of his fourth Lilywhites game of the season, Geoff Eltringham will be the referee for our Tuesday night clash with Lee Johnson’s Bristol City at Deepdale…

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Stat Attack
Eleven months after their previous visit, we welcome the Bristol version of the Robins back to Deepdale…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Tuesday evening’s clash with Lee Johnson’s Bristol City at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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Opposition View
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is expecting a tough game as his side head up to Deepdale to face the Lilywhites on Tuesday night…

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PNE Team News
For the first time in his entire time as Preston North End manager, Alex Neil could have a full squad available for selection for Tuesday night’s clash with Bristol City…

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Match Coverage
On Tuesday evening, 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
With both sides battling to end the season in the Play-Off places, PNE boss Alex Neil is expecting a competitive clash against Lee Johnson's Robins…

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Tom Barkhuizen’s Preview
Despite knowing the importance of the upcoming games at Deepdale, Tom Barkhuizen isn't putting too much pressure on the results this week…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Bristol City 1

6 March 2018

Sean Maguire was again the match winner, coming off the bench to give the Lilywhites three points against fellow Play-Off chasers Bristol City at Deepdale.

The frontman latched onto fellow substitute Daniel Johnson’s through ball to run 45 yards, before slotting past Frank Fielding for what proved to be the three points-earning effort.

Just two minutes before the Irishman’s strike, Famara Diedhiou had headed the visitors level after Alan Browne had given Alex Neil’s side the lead with a stunning lob 20 minutes into the game.

The North End boss had made just one change to the side that overcame Bolton Wanderers on Gentry Day three days earlier, Darnell Fisher coming into the side at right back after the completion of his suspension.

And the defender was key in the opening goal of the game. He press high up the pitch, in the Robins’ final third, forcing a scuffed clearance from Hordur Magnusson that fell to Browne 25 yards out - and with Fielding stranded having come out of his goal, the No.8 looked up and lifted a floated lob over the former Blackburn ’keeper and into the empty net.

It was no more than the home side had deserved, after a high-octane first 20 minutes where they asked questions of their high-flying opponents.

However, after half-time City came out looking sharper and Declan Rudd made the first of a couple of vital saves, as a Marlon Pack corner was headed goalwards by Magnusson, the ball bouncing down and up towards goal, only for the North End No.1 to tip the ball up and over the bar.

At the other end Fielding made an even better save on 54 minutes. The Lilywhites had been awarded a free kick on the left after a foul by Bobby Reid on Greg Cunningham and Paul Gallagher delivered deep into the penalty area, Paul Huntington rising highest to flick a header towards the top right corner, but the home side’s stopper back-pedalled and tipped the ball just around the post.

The equalising goal came on 66 minutes as Bobby Reid found a little bit of space on the Bristol City left to fire a quick cross in right-footed and Diedhiou flicked a header into the right hand corner of the goal, much to the delight of the 350 fans who had made their way from the south west.

But they were level for less than two and a half minutes. Johnson and Maguire had both just been introduced before the equalising goal and it was the two that would combine for what turned out to be the winner.

North End had smothered a City attack and the No.11 collected the ball midway inside his own half, hooking a pass right down the middle of the visiting defence.

Maguire collected the ball and raced back, with two Red defenders alongside him, he turned Korey Smith inside out, before checking onto his left foot and driving the ball from 18 yards into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, before unleashing his favoured knee slide in front of the Alan Kelly Town End and the Invincibles Pavilion.

The game was far from over, though, and Rudd was called into action again with a dozen minutes left, when former PNE man Josh Brownhill hooked a cross from the right to the back post and the division’s top scorer Bobby Reid came racing in to fire on target, only for the PNE No.1 to make a superb smothering save.

North End almost put the game to bed with six minutes left when more excellent high-pressing from Johnson saw him collect and feed Johnson on the left. The former Bristol City man crossed perfectly for an onrushing Tom Barkhuizen down the right, but he was unable to keep down his vicious volley, that flashed over the bar into the home support.

In what proved to be almost eight minutes of four signalled to be added on, Aden Flint saw a straight red card for an elbow on Greg Cunningham and the Lilywhites defence handled some tense late corners, but it was well-deserved back-to-back wins for Alex Neil’s team as they narrowed the gap on the top six to just one point.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham (c), Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Bodin (Maguire, 64), Gallagher (Johnson, 60), Robinson (Woods, 90), Browne, Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Maxwell, Harrop, Woods, Spurr, Moult.

Bristol City line-up: Fielding, Bryan, Flint, Wright (c), Smith, Brownhill, Diedhiou, Redi, Paterson, Pack, Magnusson (Kent, 64). Subs not used: Steele, Walsh, Eliasson, O’Neil, Diony.

Attendance: 11,264 (405 Bristol City fans)

Referee: Mr G Eltringham

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Bristol City

5 March 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Tuesday evening’s clash with Lee Johnson’s Bristol City at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Bristol City

5 March 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: Bristol City

5 March 2018

Away end tickets will be available on the afternoon, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting Robins 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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