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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Burton Albion Match Preview

4 May 2018

You play a full season, 45 games, give your all every week and it comes down to one game… a season defining weekend… we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we?!

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Ticket Information: Burton Albion

3 May 2018

That’s the case for both the Lilywhites and the Brewers this Sunday lunchtime as promotion and relegation chances are on the agenda for the teams.

North End know that nothing but a win will give them a chance of a top six finish, also relying on Barnsley doing them a favour against Derby County.

Whilst Albion will also have their eyes firmly on Pride Park, as the Tykes are one of their rivals looking to avoid the drop, with ears also closely listening to what is happening just sdown the M61 at Bolton.

Both sides know that they need to win and therefore it should be an entertaining afternoon of football at Deepdale. Tickets are already selling well to both sets of supporters, so make sure you are part of the hoards and get down to PR1 to be a part of it.

Ref Watch
For the fourth time this season Andy Madley will be the match referee for the Lilywhites’ fixture…

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Stat Attack
We bring to a close our 119th season of regular league action with only the second visit of Burton Albion to Deepdale…

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Ticket Information
Normal matchday prices apply for Sunday afternoon’s clash with Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas…

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Opposition View
Brewers manager Nigel Clough is very clear of his side’s task going into the final day showdown at Deepdale…

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PNE Team News
Manager Alex Neil must check on the fitness of midfielder Ben Pearson ahead of the final game of the regular season at home to Burton Albion this Sunday…

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Match Coverage
On Sunday 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
With his side just two points outside the Play-Offs going in to the final game of the Championship season, manager Alex Neil has expressed how proud he is of his squad for their season so far…

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Sean Maguire’s Preview
It's been quite the campaign for Sean Maguire in his first season in the Sky Bet Championship, despite missing four months through injury, the striker leads the goalscoring charts and has made his first start for his county during 2017/18 and is now hoping to help PNE secure a place in the top six to finish the season in style…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Burton Albion 1

6 May 2018

An injury-time goal from Louis Moult gave ten-man North End all three points to finish the season on a high at Deepdale.

The January transfer window signing grabbed his first goal in PR1, collecting and finishing Ben Pearson’s squared ball after the Lilywhites had played much of the second half with ten men, following Billy Bodin receiving a second yellow card.

Callum Robinson had given Alex Neil’s men the first half lead with a close range header, connecting with Paul Huntington’s own headed effort from a Josh Harrop corner, only for Hope Akpan to give the Brewers hope of pulling clear of the relegation places with a curling effort from 18 yards.

The results elsewhere meant that Burton, who threw men forward in injury time, that left the space in behind for North End to grab the winner, were sadly relegated to League One, with Bolton Wanderers surviving on the final day.

The game itself started amid plenty of tension and it was mid-way through the first half before a real chance came along; Declan Rudd making the first of a few fine saves on the afternoon after Marvin Sordell had capitalised on a slip at the back to go one-on-one with the PNE No.1, who smothered the ball out for a corner.

Up the other end Burton’s experienced ’keeper Stephen Bywater made a fantastic stop to deny PNE an opener on 25 minutes, coming out to smother at the feet of Robinson, who had burst clear and into the edge of the box, but this only delayed the opener by seconds.

A minute later and Robinson wasn’t to be denied this time as Harrop swung over a pacy corner into the penalty area, which was met by Huntington with a header that put the ball into the mixer and North End’s No.37 pounced inside the six yard box to nod home.

Within ten minutes it could have been 3-0. Firstly Robinson again broke, this time down the right hand side and pulled the ball across from Sean Maguire, who on the stretch smashed the ball left footed against the bar and came down on the wrong side of the line and was scrambled away.

And the ball was in the net again ten minutes before the break as yet again Robinson put over a quality delivery, this time from the left and it was touched slightly by Bodin to divert it home. Referee Andy Madley had given the goal, but after consulting his assistant decided it had been put in by the Welsh winger’s hand and duly booked him.

The Lilywhites pressure before the interval continued and Robinson collected Harrop’s pass on the left and tried to pull the ball back for Bodin, only for Flanagan to make a block and push the ball out for a corner.

Darnell Fisher went on a marauding run through five men and was upended 20 yards from goal in a right hand channel and from the resulting free kick Bodin took the free kick which was up and over the wall, but also over the bar.

However, five minutes into the second half the game changed as Bodin was adjudged to have gone down easily under a challenge a and again Mr Madley produced a yellow card and sent the No.39 down the tunnel.

Despite going down to ten men it was Alex Neil’s men who continued to look the most threatening, as Maguire raced down the right to get past a defender and into the box, but his pull back could only find Bywater.

And they were made to pay for the profligacy in front of goal 18 minutes into the second half as Akpan collected a ball that had failed to be properly cleared from a corner, on the edge of the box and curled the ball left footed into the top left hand corner of the goal. At this point the away end was full of voice as results elsewhere meant they were staying in the division.

And shortly after it nearly got even better as substitute Darren Bent got on the end of Albion skipper John Brayford’s cross and powered a header towards the top left hand corner, only for Rudd at full stretch to claw the ball out of the corner and behind for a corner.

The pressure was coming from the visitors as this stage and Fisher was needed to head over the bar from Tom Naylor’s header goalwards after Sordell’s corner – a goal preventing stop.

But as results changed elsewhere and Burton gambled, throwing men forward, the tide turned and the chances all started coming in front of the sold out Town End, as North End took a grip on the game,

Paul Gallagher, Moult and Tom Barkhuizen had come and they were all heavily involved in the last 20 minutes. Gallagher firstly saw a shot from 25 yards palmed around the post by Bywater and from the resulting corner the No.12 took himself, he headed inches past the left hand post.

Five minutes from normal time the home side then had strong appeals for a penalty turned down for a foul on Barkhuizen by Naylor as he looked to have got free in the box.

Back-to-back free kicks from very similar positions saw Gallagher from 25 yards shoot on target with the first, Bywater grabbing the effort in front of the top right hand corner of the goal and then the experienced PNE man whipped a second from virtually the same spot across the goal, missing the left hand upright by a fraction of an inch.

Five minutes of injury time was indicated and it was a frantic affair where the Lilywhites could easily have scored three or four goals. Firstly a five man break saw Robinson get space only to divert into the side netting and then moments later he was through again, only to be denied by the Brewers’ No.1.

But three minutes into the added on time the winner came. Ben Pearson showed his energy in the powerful afternoon sun to break with pace down the left, drawing Bywater and a defender to him before sliding the ball across to Moult, who took a took and slid the ball coolly into the bottom right hand corner.

It was a goal celebrated wildly by the North End fans, even though they knew elsewhere that Derby had got the result they needed, but it was a cruel way for it to end for Burton Albion. The final whistle brought a recognition of the progress of the team, with the bumper crowd hanging around to salute their heroes for one last time in 2017/18 and it was nothing more than they deserved after a season that had ended with four wins and a draw in their last five games.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Cunningham, Pearson, Clarke (c), Huntington, Bodin, Browne (Moult, 82), Maguire (Barkhuizen, 59), Harrop (Gallagher, 69), Robinson. Subs not used: Maxwell, Johnson, Spurr, Earl.

Burton Albion line-up: Bywater, Brayford (c), McFadzean, Murphy, Akins, Flanagan (Dyer, 75), Naylor, Sordell, Davenport (Bent, 61), Akpan, Boyce. Subs not used: Campbell, Allen, Samuelsen, Buxton, Sbarra.

Attendance: 17,058 (1,969 Burton Albion fans)

Referee: Mr A Madley

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Burton Albion

3 May 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Sunday afternoon’s clash with Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Burton Albion

3 May 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, from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and then from 8am 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. The online service is now fully responsive on both mobile and tablet.
First Team News

Ref Watch: Burton Albion

3 May 2018

Away end tickets will be available on the morning and afternoon, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting Brewers supporters can buy from the away ticket office next to the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, with cash and card payments accepted, this will be open from 11am.

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 will be operating on Sunday.

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