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Preston North End vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Preview

25 April 2019

Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday meet for the 100th time in the league this weekend, with the Lilywhites looking to record their 39th victory against their South Yorkshire opponents in those fixtures.

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Ticket Information: Sheffield Wednesday

25 April 2019

The Owls lead the head to head 40-38 in the 99 games currently played, although the visitors have only won once in their last 20 games at Deepdale – on New Year’s Eve 2011 – their last before that being when Sir Tom Finney was still playing in March 1960!

Steve Bruce will be in charge of the visitors at the weekend. He has already faced North End once this season, when he was manager of Aston Villa – the game an absolute thriller at Villa Park, ending 3-3, with the ten-man hosts saw their last-minute penalty saved by Chris Maxwell as the start of PNE’s excellent run of form prior to Christmas.

Wednesday still have a shot at the Play-Offs, following their Bank Holiday Monday win over Bristol City, and will be going all out for the three points at the weekend, but Alex Neil’s side will want to end their home campaign on a high and put in a positive performance.

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It’s a 3pm kick-off for our final home game of the season, as we take on Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday…

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Ref Watch
For the third time this season, Jeremy Simpson will take charge of the Lilywhites at Deepdale, as we face Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday…

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Memorable Match
Back in February 2002 on a soggy night at Deepdale, debutant Paul Reid helped the Lilywhites to a convincing victory over the relegation-threatened Owls at Deepdale…

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The One And Only Issue 26
Ben Davies says one of the highlights of a pivotal season for him was getting nominated for the Sky Bet player of month award for February…

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Team News
It is a case of one in, one out for manager Alex Neil ahead of his side’s final home game of the season, as they take on Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale…

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Opposition View
Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce says his side look likely to fall short in their attempt to make the Play-Offs, despite an excellent run of form since his arrival.

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Match Coverage
Whether you’re overseas and watching on iFollow or in the UK and listening to the game on our coverage, you’ll hear the tones of former PNE centre half Liam Chilvers this Saturday…

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Alex Neil’s Preview
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is expecting a tough test when his side take on Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale in the final home game of the 2018/19 season on Saturday afternoon…

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Ben Pearson Interview
Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson is available for selection again for this weekend’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday and he is looking to end the home campaign with a win…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 3 Sheffield Wednesday 3

27 April 2019

Goals from Jayden Stockley, an own goal from Tom Lees and another from Alan Browne saw the Lilywhites share the points in a six-goal thriller against Sheffield Wednesday.

Steve Bruce's Owls came from 3-1 down to take a point, with Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu scoring the Owls in the final home game of the 2018/19 season at Deepdale.

It was a highly-entertaining clash that had everythings; some fantastic football, some great goals scored, a red card and everything you could think of; making it easy to forget the cold, damp weather!

The visitors, who were still mathematically in with a chance of the Play-Offs before kick-off, had the first chance, Bannan forcing a save from Connor Ripley, handed his North End debut by manager Alex Neil.

But this was a rare effort in the opening half an hour for the South Yorkshire outfit and the Lilywhites were soon in front.

The opener came just nine minutes in; a brilliantly worked free kick direct from the training ground. Paul Gallagher - in the middle of the Wednesday half - found Callum Robinson out on the left, who checked inside and crossed, flicked on by Browne and powerfully headed home by Stockley, his first goal at Deepdale and his 20th of the season for both PNE and former club Exeter City.

On 20 minutes a clever quick throw in from Darnell Fisher found Robinson who went into the box, fired through a low drive which was spilled by visiting stopper Cameron Dawson, but on loan Chelsea man Michael Hector cleared before Stockley could pounce for his second of the day.

Just after the half hour mark Steven Fletcher got into the box and got a shot away, Ripley making a great save with his legs and Fisher completing the clearance in a rare foray forward by Bruce's men.

But with nine minutes to go in the first half it was 2-0. A ball from the left by Fisher eventually found Joe Rafferty on the right, he drove into the box and drilled a cross in that came off Hector’s heel and then looped up and off Owls skipper Lees’ head into the back of the net with Dawson unable to do anything about the own goal.

With three minutes to go before the interval more superb forward play as Browne won the ball in his own half to send Robinson down the left, he passed inside for Sean Maguire, who, on the stretch, dragged his shot just wide of the left-hand upright to mean it was 2-0 at the break.

The second half started with PNE still on the attack; some superb slick passing with a clever one-two between Robinson and Gallagher, the latter whipping a shot that took a deflection wide of the right-hand post.

But on 49 minutes the arrears were reduced as Bannan shot from 15 yards into top left-hand corner. Hector had put over a deep cross from the left fed back by Steven Fletcher and Bannan fired home, Ripley with no chance, the effort arrowed into the corner, the only spot through a crowd of players it could have gone.

However, the lead was back to two just after the hour mark when a long ball to Stockley was superbly headed on for Maguire, who, in turn, laid the ball across that Robinson dummied for Browne to take on into the box and fire a left-footed shot into the top right-hand corner from 15 yards out for his 12th goal of the season.

But two goals in two minutes got Wednesday back on level terms. Firstly on 76 minutes a cross from substitute Atdhe Nuhiu on the right was met by Fernando Forestieri with a header into the bottom left hand corner.

And then it was Nuhiu who went from provider to goalscorer, heading home Bannan’s cross from the left, although he was all over Ben Davies and was perhaps lucky not to have a foul awareded against him.

With nine minutes to go Steve Bruce’s side were reduced to ten men with a straight red for Dominic Iorfa after a dangerous two-footed lunge with no control on Fisher – referee Jeremy Simpson given no choice to send off the right back for what could have caused injury, had the PNE No.2 not managed to see the former Wolves man coming.

It became a fraught and frantic closing minutes with Paul Huntington added into the attacking options along with Lukas Nmecha and Stockley in the dying embers of the game. And it was Hunts who went closest with two opportunities; the first from a Fisher cross hitting him andgoing just over and the second in the last of six added minutes seeing him head a Gallagher ball towards the top left hand corner, only for Hector to just deflect the ball over the bar and the game finished 3-3.

PNE line-up: Ripley, Rafferty (Huntington, 90), Fisher, Gallagher (c), Storey, Davies, Maguire, Johnson, Stockley, Browne (Nmecha, 74), Robinson (Ginnelly, 87). Subs not used: Rudd, Earl, Moult, Baxter.

Sheffield Wednesday line-up: Dawson, Palmer, Onomah (Nuhiu, 68), Pelupessy, Fletcher (João, 76), Bannan, Lees (c), Matias, Iorfa, Hector, Forestieri (Lee, 84). Subs not used: Wildsmith, Fox, Hooper, Boyd.

Attendance: 15,873 (4,239 Sheffield Wednesday fans)

Referee: Mr J Simpson

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Ticket Information: Sheffield Wednesday

25 April 2019

It’s a 3pm kick-off for our final home game of the season, as we take on Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday.

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Memorable Match: Sheffield Wednesday

25 April 2019

Normal matchday prices apply for this game and you can click here for a full run down of the prices and concession categories on offer for league games at Deepdale.

Tickets are now on general sale from the ticket office at Deepdale, either to be loaded to your member card or via a paper ticket. For more information on member cards and their usage, click here.

For those turning up and buying on the day, purchases can be made in person at both the Sir Tom Finney ticket office and also use the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office, which can be used to buy tickets for any part of the ground, not just the Pavilion. The Sir Tom Finney ticket office is open from 9am on a matchday and the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office is open from 1pm.

Tickets can be purchased at Deepdale from 9am until 5pm on Thursday, 9am until 6pm on Friday and then 9am until kick-off on the day of the game, both in person and over the ticket hotline – 0344 856 1966.

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Ref Watch: Sheffield Wednesday

25 April 2019

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.

Or, if you have a member card, you can buy right up until kick-off on MyPNE.Com and load your ticket straight to your card!

Away end tickets are available on the day, subject to availability, with no increase in prices and they can be purchased, along with any collections, from the away ticket office next to the entrance of the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, open from 1.30pm, purchases can be by cash or card.

For home fans travelling to the game the Leyland shuttle bus will be in operation for the game, stopping at the usual points; pick up times as usual.

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