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Preston North End vs Queens Park Rangers Match Preview

3 August 2018

The wait is over, the SkyBet EFL Championship is back and North End start with a home game at Deepdale against Steve McClaren's Queens Park Rangers.

A lot of business was done early by manager Alex Neil and he has the chance to give his new boys their debut on Saturday against the Rs.

It has been all change at Loftus Road too, with the appointment of the former England manager as the top dog at Rangers and he will select his first competitive side at Deepdale on Saturday.

The changes at Deepdale are not just on the football side. The new electronic entry system is in place and the digital pitch perimeter will also be switched on for the first time - check out our ticket story below for any information you might need to know.

Tickets are, of course, still on general sale for all areas - just click on the link below to buy tickets online at, where you can order a paper ticket or load one to your member card.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Queens Park Rangers 0

4 August 2018

2018 player of the year Alan Browne started the season with another goal to give the Lilywhites the three points at Deepdale.

The international midfielder headed home Josh Harrop’s left wing free kick five minutes into the second half and Alex Neil’s side managed the game superbly after that, going on to keep the clean sheet and start the new season with the win over visitors Queens Park Rangers.

The sun came out just before kick-off, bathing an all-new Deepdale at the start of another new campaign and there was certainly plenty of bright moments about the first half, as the Lilywhites has a lot of the ball and the best of the chances.

The first real opportunity came a dozen minutes into the season as the lively Harrop was the creator. The No.10 collected the ball out on the left and he curved a cross into Louis Moult 15 yards out, who in turn who laid the ball off for Tom Barkhuizen, whose shot was inches past the right hand upright, with Matt Ingram stranded.

At the half’s mid-point the visitors’ skipper Toni Leistner blocked a Callum Robinson shot from the edge of the ‘D’ after the frontman fired goalwards Moult’s lay off from Andrew Hughes’ ball in from the left after a positive overlap from the summer signing.

Just before the half hour mark Robinson had a shot from edge of the area that deflected off Osman Kakay for a corner, after an excellent ball from Darnell Fisher to send Barkhuizen away down the right and a low cross was put over to his opposite winger.

Six minutes before the interval there was a break from PNE, Barkhuizen taking the ball from half way, all the way down the right, cutting inside and drilling a low shot that Ingram tipped around the post.

The best chance for Steve McClaren’s side came three minutes before the break as Matt Smith had the big opportunity. Luke Freeman’s ball came in from the left, and the rangy frontman rose highest, but missed the target left of Declan Rudd’s right-hand upright. However, straight up the other end there was a superb block from Joel Lynch that denied Browne the opener.

But it took only five minutes after the interval for the deadlock to be broken. Hughes won a free kick out on the left and Harrop put the ball deep to the back post in front of the Town End; skipper Tom Clarke and Browne rose highest, with the Irish No.8 putting a looping header in that went over Ingram and the defenders on the line, just ending up under the corner of the post and bar and in the back of the net, much to the delight of the North End faithful.

Robinson was getting closer to his first of the season and with 20 minutes to go he forced Ingram to make a smart save low to his right to push a 20 yard effort away, which Scowen eventually cleared for a throw, with three PNE attackers advancing on the loose ball.

With a minute to go, Declan Rudd had not been called upon, but when he was, he was in fantastic form, making a superb save to deny substitute Idrissa Sylla at point-blank range eight yards out, after a Freeman free kick on the right – a truly superb stop.

There was five minutes of added time and much of it was played by North End with ten men, skipper Clarke seemingly suffering a blow to the head. But with all three substitutes already used Browne dropped into the backline.

It was a tense period, with over seven minutes played in the end, but North End took the win to start the season with three points.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Pearson, Clarke (c), Davies, Robinson, Browne, Moult (Gallagher, 77), Harrop (Ledson, 83), Barkhuizen (Horgan, 71). Subs not used: Maxwell, Woods, Burke, Huntington.

QPR line-up: Ingram, Bidwell, Freeman, Eze, Scowen, Smith (Sylla, 77), Osayi-Samuel (Manning, 46), Luongo (Smyth, 66), Kakay, Lynch, Leistner (c). Subs not used: Lumley, Cousins, Washington, Baptiste.

Attendance: 13,418 (1,064 QPR fans)

Referee: Mr D England

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Ticket News

Queens Park Rangers Ticket Information

2 August 2018

It’s our first home game of the 2018/19 season and your first chance to get behind the boys in competitive action, as we take on Steve McClaren’s Queens Park Rangers in PR1.

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.

We have also produced a video to explain how the new electronic entry system at Deepdale works – and this can be viewed 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 6pm on Friday night, 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. The online service is now fully responsive on both mobile and tablet.

Away end tickets will be available on the day, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting QPR 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 1pm.

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

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