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Reading vs Preston North End Match Preview

28 March 2019

Preston North End return to action after a two-week break ready to start a crunch period of fixtures with a trip to face Jose Gomes’ Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Reading

28 March 2019

The Lilywhites’ fantastic form since the turn of the year has taken them level on points with the Play-Off places, unbeaten in their last 12 games, with eight wins from the last 11, including six straight away wins.

However, they are well aware that the Royals will pose a tough test, with Gomes have done a good job with the weekend’s opposition, playing some excellent football and therefore a good game can be expected in front of what will be close to a sell out away following in Berkshire.

And with players returning from injury, the weather set fair and with eight games to try and get into the end of season mix-up, what better time to get on the road and back your team.

Ticket Information
There are less than 350 tickets left of the Lilywhites allocation for Saturday’s trip to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium…

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Ref Watch
It’s a third game of the season for Tony Harrington taking charge of a North End game on Saturday, having officiated the 2-0 cup win at Leeds back in August and the home game against West Bromwich Albion…

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Memorable Match
We look back to our first ever win at the Madejski Stadium this week, which was an FA Cup third round replay in January 2004…

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Opposition View
Reading boss Jose Gomes spoke to the media ahead of his side’s clash with the Lilywhites this weekend and put a high priority on the result…

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Team News
Manager Alex Neil will have a variety of options back available to him after the international break…

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Match Coverage
If you can’t make the trip to the Madejski Stadium 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
Preston North End manager Alex Neil was full of praise for the North End supporters as his side look set to be back by close to 2,000 fans at Reading this weekend…

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Paul Gallagher Preview
Experienced Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher is looking forward to a defining mini eight game season that will decide the team’s fate this campaign…

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Match Reports

Reading 2 Preston North End 1

30 March 2019

Two goals in the space of six first half minutes gave Jose Gomes’ Reading the points at the Madejski Stadium despite a late goal for PNE.

Yakou Meite put the ball into the net from Mo Barrow’s left-wing cross, before Barrow himself capitalised at the back to give the hosts a two-goal deficit at half-time.

North End weren’t helped by picking up injuries to Brandon Barker and Ben Pearson as they looked to get back into the game after the break, but grabbed a goal in the second minute of stoppage time to make it a tense finale, with Jayden Stockley firing home after Sean Maguire had hit the post.

Manager Alex Neil made three changes to the side that beat Birmingham City late on, with Callum Robinson making his first start since November, Josh Earl coming in for Andrew Hughes and Paul Gallagher returning – with the captain’s armband – in place of Stockley.

After a tense opening half an hour to the game the hosts took it by the scruff of the neck in the final 15 minutes of the first period.

The opener came on 30 minutes as Mo Barrow raced down the left channel and pulled the ball across the six-yard box for Meite to slide in put the ball home from close range into the bottom right hand corner.

And six minutes later it was 2-0 as this time Barrow went from provider to scorer as he collected a short back pass is and slotted home into an empty net from close range.

And it was only through some excellent goalkeeping that kept it at two in the final of the regular minutes as Ovie Ejaria fired against the right-hand post with a brilliant finger-tip save from Declan Rudd to prevent it being three, the loanee twisting and turning before shooting from the left edge of the ‘D’.

This meant a change up at the interval from the manager, with Stockley and Brandon Barker both introduced, with the returning Robinson and Lukas Nmecha coming off.

And Barker almost had an immediate reaction, racing past Yiadom down the left and putting the ball right into the centre of the Royals penalty area, only for it to be scrambled away and Darnell Fisher’s follow up cross flashing across the face of goal without a touch.

However, the Lilywhites suffered a blow when Barker was forced off before the hour mark with an injury, with Louis Moult replacing him.

Moult tested Martinez in the Reading goal with just over 20 minutes left, after Gallagher’s ball forwarded had been headed back into the striker’s path by Maguire, part of the three-pronged attack now operating in attack for the green and yellows.

More bad news saw the visitors forced to play the last 20 minutes virtually with ten men, with Ben Pearson struggling to move in the middle of the park, but unable to be substituted due to the earlier changes and subsequent injury.

Gallagher got onto one of Stockley’s knock downs – from Jordan Storey’s ball forward – finding space ten yards out to the right of goal, but he was unable to find the target with his driven cross.

Pearson was finally forced off in the final five minutes, after struggling through 20 minutes, after a lung-busting recovery run to prevent a breakaway by Reading substitute Garath McCleary.

There was a tense finale to come though as in the second of four added minutes Stockley fired home on the half volley after Maguire had smashed a shot against the post.

There was even a chance for an equaliser, as Earl powered a header in from Fisher's right wing cross, but it flashed past the left-hand upright and it wasn't to be for the visitors and despite their best efforts the Lilywhites lost their first game since New Year’s Day.

Reading line-up: Martinez, Moore (c), Swift (McShane, 65), Baker, Barrow (McCleary, 58), Ejaria (Harriott, 89), Miazga, Meite, Blackett, Rinomhota. Subs not used: Walker, Gunter, Harriott, Oliveira, Olise.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Earl, Pearson, Storey, Davies, Nmecha (Stockley, 46), Gallagher, Maguire, Johnson, Robinson (Barker, 46 (Moult, 58)). Subs not used: Crowe, Rafferty, Ledson, Huntington.

Attendance: 16,771 (1,816 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr T Harrington

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Reading

28 March 2019

There are less than 350 tickets left of the Lilywhites allocation for Saturday’s trip to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Reading

28 March 2019

Over 1,700 tickets have already been sold for the game on Saturday 30th March, with a 3pm kick-off, and tickets remain available online at MyPNE.Com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office.

We were given an initial allocation of 1,174 tickets in the South Stand for this game, and we have now been given a further allocation taking the total allocation to 2,066.

Prices as follows: Adults £15, seniors (aged 65 and over) £10, 18 to 24-year-olds* £8, U18s* £5 and U13 £2. *Proof of age must be shown at the turnstile.

There are also 84 tickets for the family area, which are included in the total allocation, and these are only available for family groups. No adults are permitted without children and no children can be admitted without an adult. Prices for this area are as above.

There are seven pairs of wheelchair disabled supporter and carer tickets, with prices as above with a carer ticket free of charge if required. Please be aware that the carer ticket is situated in the row in front of the wheelchair user. Should you be entitled to a carer ticket and wish to have them seated next to you, please speak to a steward on the day of the match who will be able to assist with this.

First Team News

Memorable Match: Reading

28 March 2019

There are also 38 tickets allocated for ambulant disabled supporters, these are strictly for supporters who have walking difficulties or have difficulty standing for long periods. Supporters in this section must be seated at all times during the game. Prices are also as above with a carer ticket free of charge where required.

Coach travel is also available for the trip, with coaches leaving both Deepdale and Leyland at 9am. Travel is priced at £25 per person and is available online at MyPNE.Com or by calling 0344 856 1966.

Collections and duplicates can be collected from the South Stand ticket office which is located between gates 9 and 10 on the day of the game.

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 29th March at 1pm online via MyPNE.Com and at 4pm for in person and over the phone sales.

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