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Preston North End vs Fulham Match Preview

9 March 2018

The Championship’s manager of the month brings his side to Deepdale on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten league run that goes back to a trip to Sunderland at the beginning of December.

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Ticket Information: Fulham

8 March 2018

It will be the division’s game of the day, with North End – themselves having lost just two of their last 20 Championship games, now just a point outside the Play-Off positions after doing the double over Bristol City with Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Lee Johnson’s Robins.

Manager Alex Neil has a fully fit squad available to select from for the first time in his time as manager of the club and he is looking for a big crowd off the field to boost his side as they go in search of a win that could take them inside the top six as the number of games remaining clicks into single figures.

The same weekend 23 years ago the Lilywhites also entertain the Cottagers and a certain David Beckham scored a stunning free kick as Gary Peters’ side recorded a thrilling 3-2 success against the west London outfit.

An equally entertaining game with a similar result would certainly make people sit up and take note of North End, but it will be one of the toughest tests of recent weeks and months against Slavisa Jokanovic’s in-form outfit.

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

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Stat Attack
We welcome our visitors from the north bank of the Thames to Deepdale for the 32nd time and they will be hoping to maintain a decent record here…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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Opposition View
February’s EFL Championship manager of the month Slavisa Jokanovic brings his side to Deepdale on Saturday looking to maintain a 14 match unbeaten run in the league…

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PNE Team News
February’s EFL Championship manager of the month Slavisa Jokanovic brings his side to Deepdale on Saturday looking to maintain a 14 match unbeaten run in the league…

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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 is relishing the challenge of facing Fulham at Deepdale this weekend as his side look to build on Tuesday night's win over Bristol City...

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Darnell Fisher’s Preview
Darnell Fisher was delighted to be back in action for North End after missing two games through suspension…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Fulham 2

10 March 2018

An injury-time header from Aleksandar Mitrovic proved decisive at Deepdale, despite one of the best performances of the season from Alex Neil’s men.

The Lilywhites put in an outstanding, front-foot display that was worth of all three points, let along one, but for the second season in a row, the Serbian striker proved to be a nemesis.

The No.32 had opened the scoring with just over 20 minutes left of the game, sweeping home substitute Cyrus Christie’s right wing cross, only for Sean Maguire to grab his fourth goal in three games since returning from injury, by heading home Alan Browne’s ball in from the right for an equaliser just seven minutes later.

However, in the first minute of injury time, a quickly taken throw in down the left gave the Cottagers a chance to cross into the six yard box and their on loan Newcastle United forward nodded home from close range.

Paul Gallagher and Billy Bodin had both recovered from the injuries that forced them off on Tuesday night, but were on the bench, with Maguire and Daniel Johnson coming into the side.

However, the best of the early chances came from an unlikely source, as Darnell Fisher made a powerful run down the right, exchanging a one-two with Callum Robinson, before unleashing a right-foot drive towards the top right hand corner, forcing Marcus Bettinelli to tip the ball around the post.

Up the other end and some fantastic last ditch defending by Greg Cunningham and Ben Pearson kept out the visitors in a rare foray forward from them in the opening half; Stefan Johnasen had broken down the left, putting a ball across that Cunningham had blocked, but the ball ricocheted off Mitrovic and was heading into the goal, until Pearson lunged forward and somehow blocked the ball.

Declan Rudd was called upon three minutes after the interval, making a stunning save to deny Floyd Ayite, who had unleashed a power-driver from 25 yards towards the top right hand corner.

And it was Fulham who took the lead on 69 minutes. Substitute and Irish international full back Christie drove down the right to the edge of the box and drilled the ball across to eight yards out where Mitrovic swept home giving Rudd no chance.

The home side were not for giving up. Firstly a Robinson corner from the left came out to Calum Woods, who had come on at half-time for skipper Greg Cunningham – who was suffering a tight hamstring, who drilled goalwards, only for the ball to flash through a crowd of players and narrowly wide.

And they were level with 14 minutes left on the clock. The pressure had been building and the ball was worked down through Fulham and out to Browne on the right, who put over a perfect cross for Maguire to rise above Denis Odoi and head down into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, a scrambling Bettinelli unable to claw the ball out.

At that point it looked like there would only be one winner – PNE – with Josh Harrop and Billy Bodin added into the attacking options, but hearts were to be broken in the second of four added minutes.

The Cottagers won a throw in down the left and took it quickly, with the ball thrown into the six yard box to where Mitrovic headed into just about the only spot that North End’s No.1 could not get to, to steal the points back down to the capital.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham (c) (Woods, 46), Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Robinson, Browne, Maguire (Bodin, 83), Johnson (Harrop, , Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Maxwell, Clarke, Horgan, Gallagher.

Fulham line-up: Bettinelli, Fredericks (Christie 67), Sessegnon (Ojo, 83), Odoi, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney (c), Ayite (Piazon, 59), Ream, Targett, Mitrovic. Subs not used: Button, Fonte, Norwood, Kamara.

Attendance: 12,970 (968 Fulham fans)

Referee: Mr S Hooper

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Fulham

8 March 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Fulham

8 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: Fulham

8 March 2018

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