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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Bristol City Match Preview

28 February 2019

The Lilywhites will be looking to continue their excellent run of form as they host Lee Johnson and his Bristol City side at Deepdale on Saturday.

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Ticket Information: Bristol City

28 February 2019

The Robins have themselves been on a fantastic run of late, winning nine straight games until difficult games against league leaders Norwich City and Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night.

Therefore, as manager Alex Neil pointed out in his pre-match press conference, it should be another tight game, with the majority of games against City being nip and tuck encounters in recent seasons.

The likes of Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill will be looking forward to returning to PR1 as their promotion-chasing side look to get back to winning ways, whilst North End will be aiming to close the gap on the top six.

Ticket Information
It’s a 3pm kick-off for our first game in March, as we take on Lee Johnson’s Bristol City in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday…

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Ref Watch
For the second time this season, Jeremy Simpson will take charge of the Lilywhites at Deepdale, as we face Lee Johnson’s high-flying Bristol City…

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Memorable Match
Just under two years ago, Callum Robinson netted twice as Preston North End reignited their Championship Play-Off charge by thrashing Bristol City at Deepdale…

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The One And Only Issue 21
Jayden Stockley admitted he wasn’t sure where his career was going when he went on loan to Exeter in 2016 – and that could have been North End’s loss…

Click here for details of this Saturday’s matchday programme and more from Jayden

Opposition View
Bristol City assistant head coach Dean Holden says that the Robins will be ready to go to ‘battle’ with the Lilywhites at the weekend…

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Team News
Manager Alex Neil must make at least one change to his side, as they welcome Lee Johnson and his Bristol City side to Deepdale this weekend…

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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 skipper Paul McKenna this weekend…

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Alex Neil’s Preview
Preston North End manager Alex Neil took to the road on Tuesday night, making a trip to the south west to see next opponents Bristol City in action…

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Jordan Storey Interview
Preston North End centre half Jordan Storey admits that his rapid rise to become a first team regular has surprised even himself…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Bristol City 1

2 March 2019

Preston North End had to settle for a point at home to Bristol City, after the visitors scored a controversial second half equaliser.

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Alex Neil Ready To Take More Risks In End Of Season Run In

2 March 2019

The Lilywhites had gone in front just before half-time when the returning Daniel Johnson fired home from Paul Gallagher’s clever free kick routine to give them a deserved lead.

But Robins top scorer Famara Diedhiou poked home whilst a yard offside to draw Lee Johnson’s side level and they held on for a point despite North End’s late pressure.

Johnson returned to the side in midfield, with Ryan Ledson and Darnell Fisher also included; Tom Clarke and Ben Pearson out with injury and suspension, whilst Tom Barkhuizen also dropped to the bench.

But it was a familiar face in terms of chances created early on, with Gallagher the prompter for Alex Neil’s side, his flurry of early corners creating good opportunities, the best of which goalkeeper Niki
Mäenpää – who was substituted through injury in the second half – missed after coming out, but Alan Browne was unable to keep his seventh minute header down and it flashed just over the cross bar from 15 yards out.

But North End went in front three minutes before the interval. Browne was scythed down near the left-hand corner flag, Lloyd Kelly lucky to have only received a caution from referee Jeremy Simpson, but the resulting free kick was excellently worked.

Gallagher shaped to cross, but pulled the ball back to around the penalty spot, which Johnson spun out of the pack and whipped a powerful left footed effort into the top left-hand corner of the City goal to give the team the lead going into the interval.

First Team News

DJ Ready To ‘Fight’ Until The End

2 March 2019

The first good chance of the second half also came the way of the home team, with Brad Potts on the end of a scintillating one-touch passing move involving Maguire and Gallagher, before goalscorer Johnson reversed a pass from the left to Potts, whose shot was superbly blocked by visiting centre half Tomas Kalas.

However, just after the mid-point of the half the south west side drew level. A corner from the right by former PNE midfielder Josh Brownhill was headed goalwards by visiting skipper Marlon Pack, with Diedhiou sat just two yards out, hooking the ball past Declan Rudd. The Senegalese forward was a yard offside, but the linesman on the Invincibles side, in a perfect position, did not raise his flag.

Bristol City got a boost from the goal and had a good little spell, Rudd required to make a superb save to deny substitute Antoine Semenyo after pull back by Andreas Weimann, the PNE No.1 getting a strong hand to heavy-footed effort, turning the ball around the post.

But it was North End’s trio of attacking substitutes, Tom Barkhuizen, Lukas Nmecha and Jayden Stockley, who created the best chances in the closing ten minutes of the game.

With seven minutes on the clock, Nmecha make an eye-catching 50-yard run, somehow managing to stay on his feet past three tackles aimed to take him out, but as he got into the penalty area, he couldn’t quite get enough on his shot and sub keeper Max O’Leary saved.

But in the final 30 seconds of injury time came the best opportunity to grab the three points at the death, as the ball was well-worked out on the left-hand side, with Andrew Hughes, Ledson and Nmecha eventually working the ball for Barkhuizen to cross to the back post, where Browne rose highest, but his header was agonisingly inches wide of the right-hand upright and the game ended all-square.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Ledson, Storey, Davies, Potts, Gallagher (c) (Barkhuizen, 74), Maguire, Browne, Johnson (Stockley, 87), Potts (Nmecha, 80). Subs not used: Crowe, Earl, Rafferty, Huntington.

Bristol City line-up: Mäenpää (O’Leary, 65), Webster, Brownhill, Diedhiou, O’Dowda (Semenyo, 53), Weimann, Kelly (Dasilva, 60), Paterson, Pack (c), Kalas, Hunt. Subs not used: Wright, Taylor, Eliasson, Palmer.

Attendance: 12,683 (870 Bristol City fans)

Referee: Mr J Simpson

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Bristol City

28 February 2019

It’s a 3pm kick-off for our first game in March, as we take on Lee Johnson’s Bristol City in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Bristol City

28 February 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 Wednesday and Thursday, 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.

First Team News

Memorable Match: Bristol City

28 February 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 not available on the day, at the request of the visiting club, however, any collections can be made from the away ticket office next to the entrance of the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, open from 1.30pm.

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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