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Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston North End Match Preview

29 March 2018

It will be the 50th time the Lilywhites have faced the Owls in league action when we head to Hillsborough for this Good Friday clash.

It’s also 129 years to the day since the ‘Invincibles’ completed their impressive double achievement, but it is the current crop of North Enders who are looking to write their names in the history books as they look to chase down the teams in the Play-Off spots.

Our hosts for this Bank Holiday clash have had a change of manager and a change of luck of late, with Jos Luhukay starting to get some of the steel city side’s key men back, with the likes of Fernando Forestieri, Barry Bannan, Tom Lees and Sam Hutchinson all returning in the last few weeks.

This means it will be a tough test of Alex Neil’s side as they look to continue their impressive away form and look to make it four wins in the last five games, increasing the pressure on Middlesbrough and Derby County, currently occupying the last two Play-Off places.

Ref Watch
This Friday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough will see Tim Robinson as the man with the whistle at a PNE game, for the third time this season…

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Stat Attack
We make the second of three trips to Sheffield this season, this Good Friday game at Hillsborough sandwiched between our visits to Bramall Lane in January and April…

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Ticket Information
Well over 1,200 tickets have been sold for the Good Friday trip across the Pennines to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough…

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Opposition View
Sheffield Wednesday's recently appointed boss Jos Luhukay is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to the injury crisis that has plagued the Owls' season

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil welcomes back his international players unscathed ahead of the Roses clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday…

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Match Coverage
On Friday afternoon, if you can’t make it to Hillsborough, 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 feels his side are ready to take on the final eight games of the season as they target a spot in the top six…

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Alan Browne Preview
Midfielder Alan Browne feels North End 'can’t afford to slip up' against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday as they look to put pressure on the teams around them…

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Match Reports

Sheffield Wednesday 4 Preston North End 1

30 March 2018

North End lost their first away game since November 4th, but the scoreline didn’t reflect the performance as Sheffield Wednesday won the game 4-1 at Hillsborough.

Louis Moult scored his first goal in North End colours, as the yellows tried to mount a comeback, but two late goals flattered the Owls in the steel city.

Atdhe Nuhiu scored a brace, with substitutes Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri scoring the others, as Wednesday scored four goals from five shots on target, but at the other end Alex Neil’s men had the chances to get something from the game.

Declan Rudd returned to the side in the only change to the side that last played, in the win at Sunderland before the international break, and the Lilywhites dominated the first half and had the chances to be out of sight by the interval.

In the third minute a clever Paul Gallagher through ball found Tom Barkhuizen on the right hand side of the box and he gave himself a yard of space before firing in a shot from a tight angle, but it flashed just over Joe Wildsmith’s bar.

All the best of the first half chances came from the quality of Gallagher and just after the hour mark, his cross from the right found Paul Huntington 15 yards out, but his powerful header was just over the right hand corner of the bar.

Just before the half-time whistle came the real opportunity to go in ahead. Ben Pearson’s free kick from the half-way line found PNE skipper Huntington in the left hand corner of the box; he headed on to the edge of the six yard box where Ben Davies was unmarked, but his header was straight at the Owls’ keeper, when either side was a guaranteed opening goal.

At the interval home boss Jos Luhukay made a change, putting an additional striker – in Joao – up alongside Nuhiu and it proved to be a big difference.

The opening goal came five minutes into the second half when Jack Hunt found soace on the right to drill a ball into the penalty area, through a crowd of players, and Nuhiu was on hand unmarked six yards out to fire past Rudd into the bottom right hand corner.

And within 90 seconds Wednesday doubled their tally as Barry Bannan floated a pass from 45 yards out to the edge of the box and Joao looped a header up and over Rudd into the top left hand corner.

North End reacted positively to going behind and had some gilt-edged chances to get back into the game. Firstly Barkhuizen picked up the ball down the left and floated a superb ball to the back post where Sean Maguire had the ball in the right hand corner of the six yard box, he seemed destined to half the deficit, but home captain Tom Lees somehow smothered the ball off the line and out for the corner, just after the half hour mark.

At the latter period’s mid-point Barkhuizen left Morgan Fox for dead with a pacy run down the right hand side, into the box before drilling the ball to the back post to where Callum Robinson was running, however, an outstretched leg from Hunt fired the ball from a yard out against the post. The ball was recycled to Darnell Fisher on the right, who dinked over a cross back to Barkhuizen six yards out, but he directed his header inches past the right hand post.

A double change on 70 minutes saw Daniel Johnson and Moult on for Gallagher and Maguire and the two combined within 90 seconds to give the former Motherwell man his first goal for the club. Johnson drove forward, exchanging a one-two with Callum Robinson, before driving to the left hand byline and caressing the ball into the six yard box for PNE’s No.21 to slide home from close range.

This seemed to give the away side further impetus as they drove forward looking to level the game, but with the match stretched the Owls took advantage in injury time, as firstly Nuhiu curled an effort from the right hand corner of the penalty area into the top left hand corner and then in the final seconds substitute Forestieri curled a free kick from the edge of the ‘D’ into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

These two goals gave an unfair reflection to the scoreline, in a game where for large parts the yellow-clad visitors had dominated the game, the possession and the chances, but in the end their 12-game unbeaten away run came to an end, in the knowledge there is a quick turnaround and chance to put the result behind them on Easter Monday.

Sheffield Wednesday line-up: Wildsmith, Hunt (Palmer, 75), Fox, Bannan (Forestieri, 78), Lees (c), Nuhiu, Reach, Hutchinson (Joao, 46), Pelupessy, Pudil, Vanancio. Subs not used: Dawson, Jones, Rhodes, Butterfield.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher (Harrop, 78), Earl, Pearson, Huntington, Davies, Robinson, Gallagher (Johnson, 70), Maguire (Moult, 70), Browne, Barkhuizen. Subs not used: Mawell, Cunningham, Clarke, Bodin.

Attendance: 26,588 (1,495 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr T Robinson

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Sheffield Wednesday

28 March 2018

Well over 1,000 tickets have been sold for the Good Friday trip across the Pennines to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Sheffield Wednesday

28 March 2018

The Lilywhites take on Jos Luhukay’s Owls in a 3pm kick-off on the Bank Holiday, with an initial allocation of 1,568 tickets available for this fixture

Prices are as follows: Adults £33, over 65s and U21s £23, U17s £15, U11s £10 and U5s £5. The U5s tickets are only available in advance of matchday.

There are nine pairs of wheelchair and disabled supporter tickets available, with prices as per the age bands above with a carer ticket free of charge.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Sheffield Wednesday

28 March 2018

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

Coach travel is available for this game and is priced at £15 for all. Coaches will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 11.45am.

Tickets are available online at www.mypne.com until 1pm on Thursday 29th March, and you can buy in person at Deepdale and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 4pm that same day, the day before the game.

Sheffield Wednesday have also confirmed that supporters will be able to pay on the day. There is no increase in price, but it is cash only and no U5 tickets will be available.
 
Any duplicates and collections be available for collections from 'Gate 6', which is situated next to the away turnstiles.

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