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West Bromwich Albion vs Preston North End Match Preview

11 April 2019

Two founder members of the Football League meet for the 100th time in the competition this weekend at the Hawthorns as Preston North End travel to face West Bromwich Albion.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: West Bromwich Albion

11 April 2019

And on top of that, it is Gentry Day, with a sell-out Lilywhites’ away following dressed in their suits and bowler hats heading down the M6 and M5 looking to celebrate and remember those connected with the club who have passed away in the last 12 months.

Both sides will be looking to take the win after recent results, with PNE hoping to record their first triumph at the home of the Baggies since Bobby Charlton’s side came away with a 2-0 success back in September 1973.

The game between the teams early on in the campaign was a five-goal thriller and with both sides’ records so far this campaign, another open and entertaining affair should be at hand for those in attendance.

Ticket Information
Gentry Day is a complete sell out, with no further tickets available to Preston North End supporters, meaning over 2,700 Lilywhites fans will back the team at the Hawthorns this weekend…

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Ref Watch
This weekend a select group – Premier League – official has been appointed for the Lilywhites’ Gentry Day trip to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns…

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Memorable Match
It is 46 years since North End were last victorious at the Hawthorns! That sounds like a long time, although it is actually only 11 games…

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Opposition View
West Bromwich Albion caretaker manager James Shan is preparing his side for the end of season lottery after back-to-back defeats made automatic promotion look less likely for the Baggies…

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Team News
For Preston North End manager Alex Neil it could be one in and one out in terms of player availability for the Gentry Day trip to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns…

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Match Coverage
If you can’t make the trip to The Hawthorns this weekend, don’t worry, we have you covered with every minute of action available through our media channels…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion has been selected as Gentry Day and it is a game that manager Alex Neil is really looking forward to…

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Sean Maguire Preview
Last season’s Gentry Day saw Sean Maguire return to the squad after four months on the sidelines and he marked the occasion with a brace as the Lilywhites came from behind to win 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers…

Click here to hear from the forward ahead of the clash with the Baggies

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Match Reports

West Bromwich Albion 4 Preston North End 1

13 April 2019

Three goals in 14 first half minutes gave West Bromwich Albion the points at The Hawthorns.

The hosts scored twice in the space of four minutes, either side of the half hour mark, through Dwight Gayle and strike partner Jay Rodriguez added another before the break.

Gayle completed his hat-trick with a close-range tap-in from a Chris Burnt corner with just less than 20 minutes left, with Callum Robinson scoring in injury-time to pull one back for the Lilywhites.

Manager Alex Neil had made three changes, one of them enforced with the suspension of Ben Pearson, Ryan Ledson coming in, along with Paul Gallagher and Jayden Stockley; Robinson and Sean Maguire on the bench.

And the visitors, backed by a vocal sell-out away following of Gentry supporters, started brightly and were the dominant side in the closing stages, adapting well to the Baggies’ 3-5-2 formation.

They had a chance for an opener on 26 minutes as a free kick was awarded on the right by referee Roger East after foul on Alan Browne and a Gallagher ball in was met by Stockley and then Josh Earl’s follow up – that was heading for the bottom right corner – took a deflection into Johnstone’s hands.

However, within a minute they found themselves behind. A long ball from Chris Brunt, in his own half of the centre circle, found Gayle in behind the PNE defence and he cushioned the ball into the bottom left-hand corner with his right foot.

And on 31 minutes it was two, as the ball was given away in the middle of the pitch and collected by Gayle, who played it to Rodriguez, who in turn found Stefan Johansen, whose shot was blocked, but it fell to Gayle who fires home into the middle of the goal.

Before the third a blow for the visitors as Robinson replaced Gallagher after a Mason Holgate tackle left the North End captain in real pain in his left ankle with a late tackle.

And a minute before the interval the pain was compounded by Albion’s third, when Rodriguez collected Johansen’s miss-hit through ball, finding the striker 12 yards out, the former England man rifling home.

Maguire replaced Stockley at half-time, the Lilywhites’ second change and the period started brightly with an early PNE corner won by Robinson. He delivered twice into the box, but couldn’t force a shot, but seconds later Nmecha did find the No.7 only for Craig Dawson to make a vital block to his goalbound effort.

It was all out attack from the greens in the opening minutes as the favour was returned when Robinson found Nmecha down the right, who broke into the box and hesitated when a first-time ball would have probably found Maguire unmarked in the six yard box, but the eventual cross was blocked by Ahmed Hegazi.

On the hour mark another great chance, as Nmecha showed a clean pair of heels to Kieran Gibbs and then drilled the ball into the six yard box where Robinson slid in at the back post, but couldn’t squeeze the ball inside the post for a goal.

A rare effort from the hosts came with a Gayle free kick on the 70-minute mark, Rudd diving to his left to push the ball two-handed around the post for a corner, however, from that resulting Brunt cross Gayle completed his hat-trick, tapping a ricocheting ball home from close range.
With ten minutes left, Alan Browne, playing in a very advanced position after the break, did superbly in the box to open up space and get a shot away from the edge of the area, but a block by Kyle Bartley denied him a goal that the second half efforts would have deserved.

In the first of two added minutes North End grabbed a goal as Robinson fired home from 12 yards out after Nmecha’s pull back, for his 11th goal of the season, to the delight of the still noisy following packed in the away end, but it was just consolation as the game ended soon after.

WBA line-up: Johnstone, Gibbs (Townsend, 60), Bartley, Johansen, Livermore (Phillips, 70), Brunt (c), Gayle, Rodriguez, Dawson, Hegazi (Adarabioyo, 52), Holgate. Subs not used: Bond, Robson-Kanu, Harper, Murphy.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Earl, Ledson, Storey, Davies, Nmecha, Johnson, Stockley (Maguire, 46), Browne (Ginnelly, 86), Gallagher (c) (Robinson, 41). Subs not used: Crowe, Moult, Rafferty, Ginnelly, Huntington.

Attendance: 25,088 (2,752 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr R East

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: West Bromwich Albion

11 April 2019

Gentry Day is a complete sell out, with no further tickets available to Preston North End supporters, meaning over 2,700 Lilywhites fans will back the team at the Hawthorns this weekend.

First Team News

Ref Watch: West Bromwich Albion

11 April 2019

Any supporters wanting to refund or to regrade tickets already purchased must do so before 4pm on Friday – the day before the game.

Supporters collecting tickets from the Hawthorns can do so from the East Stand ticket office around an hour to an hour and a half before kick-off, once the supporter coaches travelling to the game have arrived.

We still have a very limited number of coach travel spaces still available from Deepdale and Leyland, priced at £10 per person, available from the ticket office at Deepdale, on 0344 856 1966 or online at www.mypne.com.

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