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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Stoke City Match Preview

17 August 2018

Our second home league game of the season sees the Sky Sports cameras roll into Deepdale as we take on Gary Rowett’s Stoke City in a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Lilywhites have won their first two home games of the season, including Tuesday night’s triumph over Morecambe in the Carabao Cup, and will be looking to keep up their 100 per cent record against the Potters.

City meanwhile have faced tough opposition in Leeds United and Brentford and picked up a solitary point so far, but will be looking to kick-start their campaign in PR1.

Both sides have plenty of competition for places, with Alex Neil and his Stoke counter-part both looking to find their best team, with the season still in its infancy.

For all the build up to the game, check out our stories below, or have a listen to this week’s edition of the PNE Podcast, featuring a fan favourite from both Deepdale and the Best365 Stadium; Ricardo Fuller.

Ref Watch
It’s a familiar face in the middle at Deepdale on Saturday, as experienced match official Andy Madley takes charge of the Lilywhites’ televised clash with Stoke City…

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Memorable Match
One of our most memorable matches against the Potters at Deepdale came 16 years ago, as Richard Cresswell scored six minutes into injury time to turn despair into joy and give North End their first win of the season…

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Ticket Information
It’s a 5.30pm kick-off for our second home game of the 2018/19, as we take on Gary Rowett’s big-spending Stoke City in PR1…

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The One And Only Issue Three
If you have played for Stoke City or Preston North End in an attacking role in the past few years you were probably interviewed for Saturday’s matchday programme…

Click here for details of this weekend’s matchday programme

Opposition View
Stoke City manager Gary Rowett will bring his side to Deepdale at the weekend and expects a tough task ahead for the Potters…

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Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be without defender Calum Woods for the home clash with Stoke City this weekend…

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Match Coverage
It’s a live Sky game at Deepdale on early evening on Saturday, meaning iFollow subscribers in certain regions will not be able to access the game – check your local TV listings to see if it is being broadcast in your region as an alternative…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Preston North End manager Alex Neil has plenty of selection headaches ahead of the arrival of Gary Rowett’s Stoke City at Deepdale, as he explains to iFollow PNE…

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Paul Gallagher’s Preview
Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher will come up against a former employer if he is selected to face Stoke City at Deepdale this weekend…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Stoke City 2

18 August 2018

Preston North End and Stoke City shared the points at Deepdale in a pulsating encounter where a Paul Gallagher penalty and a first league goal from Graham Burke had given the Lilywhites the lead twice, only for Erik Pieters and substitute Peter Crouch to level matters for the Potters.

Gallagher opened the scoring from the spot five minutes before half-time, an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner, after Tom Edwards was penalised for handball, but the Potters were level 90 seconds later, with a left-footed half volley from full back Pieters. However, the third of three goals in the last five minutes of the half, on the volley from Burke, sent North End ahead at the interval.

The game swung back to forth and the Gary Rowett’s side drew level for a second time 16 minutes into the second half, when substitute Crouch headed home Joe Allen’s free kick from the left and it remained that way, despite the best efforts of both sides to find a winner.

The first half was a wonderful advert for Championship football, played at a high tempo, with both teams looking to attack at every opportunity and it was almost a perfect start for Lukas Nmecha on his first start at Deepdale, reaching a left-wing cross from Callum Robinson, but his header was saved by England stopper Jack Butland low to his right-hand side.

Declan Rudd was also at his best, denying Saido Berahino at point-blank range, after the striker got a header onto James McClean’s left-wing cross into the near post area.

A quarter of an hour still hadn’t past as the chances continued to flow. On 13 minutes, Ben Davies switched play 60 yards to Burke who broke down the right, cut back onto his left delivering deep for Robinson to head across goal well, but inches wide of the right-hand post,

At the opening period’s mid-way point Alan Browne was denied twice by the excellence of Butland, firstly a from a header, then a volley after Robinson’s cross from the left, a fine double save from the Potters’ No.1.

But with six minutes to go before the break referee Andy Madley was in no doubt of the need to point to the spot when a cross came in from Burke, was flicked on by Robinson and hit the outstretched arm of Stoke right back Tom Edwards.

Gallagher, with his usual routine, faced away from goal, spun and powered a vicious shot into the top right-hand corner of the goal – two goalkeepers would not have stopped the effort.

The lead though lasted less than two minutes, Tom Ince laid the ball back on the right for former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to cross, which was flicked on by Berahino and Pieters smashed a left-footed effort on the half volley back across goal into the top right-hand corner of the net.

North End might have thought their chance to go in ahead at the break was over, but in the fifth minute of first half stoppage time a Gallagher free kick from the right was headed up in the air by Davies, falling to Robinson, who fired from 12 yards a miss hit shot that looped perfectly for Burke, who timed his volley brilliantly into the top left-hand corner of the goal.

But a minute after the hour mark Stoke substitute Crouch levelled matters with his first touch of the game. A foul was awarded on the left and Welsh international Allen crossed and Crouch rose highest in the penalty area to see the ball come of the back of his neck into the top left-hand corner from ten yards out.

The Lilywhites made a double change mid-way through the second half and Tom Barkhuizen and Louis Moult combined to help create an opening for Gallagher with 17 minutes to go, the No.12 dragging a low driven shot from 25 yards just past the left hand upright.

Into the final few minutes PNE pressed for a winner, Andrew Hughes going close with a close range header, as Clarke headed Robinson’s corner across the six yard box, but the No.16 was unable to keep the ball down.

Five minutes of time was added onto the end and another substitute Ryan Ledson drove a shot across goal in the closing seconds and there was a huge shout for a second penalty for what looked like a clear foul by Pieters on Barkhuizen, that anywhere else on the pitch would definitely have been a foul, but the two sides had to settle for a point in an entertaining encounter.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Pearson, Clarke (c), Davies, Burke (Barkhuizen, 67), Gallagher (Ledson, 84), Nmecha (Moult, 66), Browne, Robinson. Subs not used: Maxwell, Harrop, Barker, Huntington.

Stoke City line-up: Butland, Pieters, Allen, Williams, Ince, Afobe (Etebo, 84), McClean (Diouf, 59), Shawcross (c), Berahino (Crouch, 59), Fletcher, Edwards. Subs not used: Federici, Bauer, Bojan, Souttar.

Attendance: 13,996 (3,076 Stoke City fans)

Referee: Mr A Madley

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Ticket News

Stoke City Ticket Information

16 August 2018

It’s a 5.30pm kick-off for our second home game of the 2018/19, as we take on Gary Rowett’s big-spending Stoke City 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 Stoke City 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 3pm.

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 are 3.45pm at Leyland Tesco, 3.55pm at The Railway Pub, with a 4.45pm arrival at Deepdale.

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