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Stoke City vs Preston North End Match Preview

25 January 2019

Two founder members of the Football League renew their rivalry this weekend, with the Lilywhites taking their first trip back to the Bet365 Stadium since January 2008.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Stoke City

25 January 2019
The 103rd meeting between the sides sees both teams going into the game full of confidence, after impressive results last weekend – Stoke having beaten league leaders Leeds and PNE putting four past QPR away at Loftus Road.
 
Since the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in front of the Sky Sports cameras back in mid-August our hosts at the weekend have had a change of manager, with Nathan Jones now in charge of the Potters.
 
Alex Neil has a growing squad available to him. Joe Rafferty signed up to be the fifth addition of the January transfer window on Wednesday and with Louis Moult and skipper Tom Clarke set to be available as well, the manager’s options are certainly better than they were a month ago.
 
Ticket Information
Saturday’s game against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium is an all-ticket fixture and tickets much be purchased by 5pm on Friday 25th January…
 
 
 
Ref Watch
Taking charge of his second PNE game of the season, but his first in the EFL Championship, is referee Oliver Langford…
 
 
Memorable Match
North End will make only their ninth visit to the Bet365 Stadium at the weekend, but they will be looking for only their second win at the venue…
 
 
Team News
Manager Alex Neil has even more options available to him for the weekend’s trip to face Nathan Jones’ Stoke City in the EFL Championship…
 
 
Match Coverage
If you can’t make the trip to the Bet365 Stadium this weekend, don’t worry, we have you covered with every minute of action available through our media channels…
 
 
Opposition View
Stoke City's recently appointed manager Nathan Jones is ready to make tough decisions as he finalises his team to face the Lilywhites at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday...
 
 
Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Preston North End manager Alex Neil feels that after a busy January and the easing of the injury problems, things are looking up for his team…
 
 
Ben Davies Preview
Preston North End centre half Ben Davies returned from injury last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed being back out on the pitch…
 

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Match Reports

Stoke City 0 Preston North End 2

26 January 2019

Goals from Alan Browne and Brad Potts gave the Lilywhites another fantastic away win against Nathan Jones’ Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Browne fired home the opener with 20 minutes gone, after a superb bit of skill on the edge of the penalty area to give him room to shoot and then Potts secured the points with a fantastic breakaway goal, threaded free by Maguire.
 
Declan Rudd also saved a late penalty from Sam Clucas to preserve the clean sheet in front of a vocal away following.
 
Manager Alex Neil had the luxury of naming an unchanged team from the one that thrashed QPR the previous week, but whilst it was the same personnel, the formation was tweaked, with Paul Gallagher playing in a deeper role.
 
And it was the North End skipper who had the first chance, three minutes in, as he collected a loose ball 25 yards out and drilled a low curler that England goalkeeper Jack Butland did well to get down low to his left to push behind for a corner – former Stoke man Gally being booed as he went across to take it.
 
A quarter of an hour in Browne almost capitalised on a short back pass by the home side’s own captain, Ryan Shawcross, but Butland came to the rescue of the Potters’ No.17, racing out and just beating the Irishman to the ball.
However, the PNE No.8 wasn’t to be denied on 20 minutes. A brilliant run from Darnell Fisher down the right, saw the full back check inside City's left back and saw a shot blocked, it fell to Browne, who superbly switched from right to left foot with a Cruyff turn, and drilled the ball past Butland into the bottom right hand corner for his tenth of the season.
Ben Davies, on 53 minutes, made a superb block on the line to deny Clucas from levelling up, after Bruno Martins Indi’s miss-hit shot from the edge of the box found the midfielder in the right corner of the six-yard box unmarked, but the centre half made a last-ditch block to keep the ball out.
 
After some good build-up play, on the hour mark, Browne saw a shot blocked on the edge of the box by Ashley Williams for another Gallagher corner, which brought a second, but despite a good ball in, Stoke managed to smother the ball away.
 
Brilliant play by Maguire at the mid-point of the second period saw him get away from Williams on the right and reverse the ball back towards Potts, only for Shawcross to make a vital interception and put the ball behind with the recent acquisition waiting to put the ball into the net.
 
Maguire then hit the post from Hughes’ pull back after a pacey counter-attack by Potts and substitute Barkhuizen – on for Stockley – the ball pulled back from the left byline to the Irishman, who deflected goalwards, with Butland beaten, but the ball came back of the left-hand upright and Gallagher’s shot on the rebound was blocked by Shawcross.
 
Hughes at the other end had to make a tremendous block to deny Clucas after some good play by Joe Allen and home substitute James McClean, who worked space on the left and then pulled the ball back to the former Hull City and Swansea man on the edge of the box with just under a quarter of an hour to go.
 
An almighty scramble, after the introduction of Peter Crouch, saw North End somehow keep it out, again via Hughes, and then on the break they made it two.
Ben Pearson was superb on the break, taking the ball from half way inside his own half, down the right-hand side, before finding Maguire, who saw Potts breaking down the middle unmarked; he kept his cool before sliding the ball past Butland into the bottom left hand corner of the goal in front of the buoyant 2,041 PNE fans.
With 30 seconds to go the home side were presented with a lifeline as Potts brought down Peter Etebo in the penalty area, but Rudd made a truly outstanding save to deny Clucas, diving to his left to push the ball onto the bar and Davies heading behind from the follow up and after five minutes of stoppage time the whistle followed as the Lilywhites made it back-to-back away wins.
 
Stoke City line-up: Butland, Bauer, Allen, Williams, Etebo, Afobe (Crouch, 79), Tymon (Sorensen, 43), Martins Indi, Shawcross (c), Clucas, Campbell (McClean, 61). Subs not used: Federici, Ince, Bojan, Edwards.
 
PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Pearson, Storey, Davies, Potts, Gallagher (c) (Johnson, 74), Stockley (Barkhuizen, 58), Browne, Maguire (Nmecha, 81). Subs not used: Ripley, Earl, Ledson, Huntington.
 
Attendance: 25,053 (2,041 PNE fans)
 
Referee: Mr O Langford

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Stoke City

25 January 2019

Saturday’s game against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium is an all-ticket fixture and tickets must be purchased by 5pm on Friday 25th January.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Stoke City

24 January 2019
Nearing the close of play on Wednesday, sales were already at nearly 1,600 of the initial 1,917 allocation, with a further 1,014 tickets now provided to the club, taking the total allocation up to 2,931.
 
There is no pay on the day, but tickets will stay on sale until 5pm on Friday 25th January for in person and over the phone sales and 1pm online via MyPNE.Com.
 
After 5pm on Friday, we cannot do any refunds or regrades on tickets.
 
Supporters who purchase online or over the phone, have the option of collecting tickets from Stoke, these tickets being available from 1.30pm from turnstile 55.
 
Anyone collecting tickets from Deepdale on Saturday morning must do so before 11am. After this time, they will be sent to Stoke to collect from there.
Tickets are available online at www.mypne.com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office and are priced as follows: Adults £25, over 65s £19, U17s £15 and U11s £12.
First Team News

Memorable Match: Stoke City

24 January 2019
Please note that all children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
 
There are 12 pairs of wheelchair disabled and carer tickets at pitch level, and 14 pairs which are elevated. The elevated bays will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Ambulant disabled and carer tickets are taken from the main allocation.
 
Disabled supporter tickets are priced at £19 for adults and as per the age band above for all other concessions, with a carer ticket free of charge if required.
 
If any blind or partially-sighted supporters require a headset, please contact the ticket office no later than three days before the fixture and we will make the necessary arrangements with Stoke City.
 
Coach travel is also available for this fixture and is priced at £10 for all, with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 11.45am.
 
Coach travel can be purchased through the ticket office by calling 0344 856 1966 or online at www.mypne.com.

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