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Match Previews

Aston Villa vs Preston North End Match Preview

2 October 2018

North End return to action on Tuesday evening as we head to the second city to take on Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Aston Villa

1 October 2018
The last two seasons have seen thrilling draws at Villa Park, with last season seeing the Lilywhites put in one of their best away performances of the season; Tom Barkhuizen giving them the lead until a controversial late penalty denied them all three points.
 
This time around, both sides will feel that their recent displays have not resulted in the points that their performances have merited and will be looking for the three points to kick-on their campaigns.
 
For Alex Neil, the game comes after the blow of losing another player for the season, after the news of Josh Harrop’s injury sustained in the build-up to the side’s second goal against West Bromwich Albion.
 
But the squad will look to go again and try and pick up the result for their stricken team-mate, in their penultimate fixture before the second international break of the season.
 
First Team News

Watch Aston Villa Clash Live On iFollow PNE

1 October 2018
Ref Watch
On Tuesday night, the match official for the trip to face Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa at Villa Park, Peter Bankes, is taking charge of his first PNE game of the season…
 
 
Memorable Match
We only go back a couple of years for this latest look back to a memorable match, as North End came from two down in stunning fashion to claim what seemed like an unlikely point at Villa Park…
 
 
Ticket Information
Tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night's trip to Villa Park and are available online at www.mypne.com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office at Deepdale…
 
 
 
Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be without Josh Harrop after the announcement he is ruled out for the season after the injury he picked up against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend…
 
 
Match Coverage
Our third midweek league game of the season again allows fans can watch the game in the UK and Ireland live on iFollow PNE!
 
 
Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is hoping his side can replicate one of their ‘performances of the season’ in their last trip to Villa Park…
 
 
Darnell Fisher Interview
Preston North End right back Darnell Fisher is hoping the team’s luck will change as they head down to Aston Villa on Tuesday night…
 

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Match Reports

Aston Villa 3 Preston North End 3

2 October 2018

Chris Maxwell saved a penalty with the last kick of the match to give the Lilywhites their first point on the road.

North End found themselves two down at the break, strikers Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham putting the home side ahead, the first with the header, the second a close-range toe poke.
 
However, the game turned on its head ten minutes into the second half when James Chester was sent off for brining down Lukas Nmecha and substitute Daniel Johnson scored the resulting penalty.
 
Fellow subsitutes Paul Gallagher and Louis Moult put PNE ahead, the former scoring a free kick with his first touch of the game, and the striker putting North End in front for the first time with a header from a Gallagher corner, but in a crazy five minutes of stoppage time Yannick Bolasie equalised and then a controversial penalty was awarded in the final seconds and Maxwell made a superb stop to his left to deny Glenn Whelan.
 
Manager Alex Neil made two changes to the side that faced West Bromwich Albion a few days previous, with Nmecha returning from injury to lead the attack and Tom Barkhuizen back in the side as part of a front three, alongside the Manchester City loanee and Callum Robinson. Jordan Storey and the ill Brandon Barker missed out.
 
The home side had the best of the early chances, with Jack Grealish collecting the ball 40 yards out; before pressing forwards to 20 yards, but he curled his shot over the bar.
 
However, they went one ahead on 26 minutes when Ahmed Elmohamady delivered a cross from the right-hand side and Kodjia got up at the back post and headed back across goal into the bottom right hand corner.
 
It was 2-0 eight minutes before the interval when Abraham picked up the ball down the left on the touchline, drove back inside into the box and pushed his effort under Maxwell and into the net, despite last ditch tackles from North End defenders to try and deny the Chelsea loanee.
 
Johnson was introduced into the midfield at the interval, replacing Ryan Ledson. And the half started with the side on the front foot, Robinson, on his return to Villa Park breaking from the left touchline into the box, forcing Mark Bunn in the home goal to make a fine low save with his legs.
 
And with nine minutes gone in the half Nmecha was clean through on goal, but was brought down by James Chester, referee Darren England pointing straight to the spot and producing a straight red card to send the Villa captain back to the dressing room.
Johnson took the responsibility for the spot kick and fired it into the top left-hand corner of the goal, sending Bunn the wrong way.
 
Two minutes later and Nmecha again breezed past the Villa defence, before being upended by Axel Tuanzebe on the right wing. Johnson whipped the ball in and Paul Huntington rose highest, but couldn’t keep his header down, which flew just over the right side of the cross bar.
 
The same combination from the left saw another header from a free kick by the North End skipper land on the roof of the net, with the Lilywhites pressing for the equaliser as the game entered its final quarter.
 
Browne was the next to try his luck, firing agonisingly wide of the left hand post from 25 yards after being teed up by Ben Pearson. In the flurry that followed, Nmecha then hit the post with a arrow-like shot from the edge of the ‘D’, with the ball coming out to Johnson again who curled a shot that Bunn was at full stretch to palm away.
 
The equaliser came with 11 minutes to go, with Gallagher’s first touch of the game. Darnell Fisher was upended by John McGinn on the right corner of the box and North End’s No.12 curled a right-footed ball around the wall and into the bottom right corner, sneaking in past Bunn.
 
And with three minutes left Gallagher again unlocked the door. His corner from the right was whipped right into the heart of the penalty area and Moult, only just on in a bold move from the manager, replacing Darnell Fisher, powered a header in, with Bunn unable to keep it out.
 
Five minutes of stoppage time was added and in the first of it the home side drew level with on loan substitute Bolasie poking home from a corner from the right by McGinn.
 
And in the final 30 seconds a penalty was awarded to Villa. Bjarnason was adjudged to have been fouled by Johnson, very harshly, but Maxwell made up for it with a stunning save to deny substitute Whelan, diving low to his left to save and then smother the ball and the final whistle followed immediately after.
 
Aston Villa line-up: Bunn, Tuanzebe, Chester (c), McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane (Whelan, 83), Abraham (Bree, 56), Bjarnason, Hutton, Kodjia (Bolasie, 74), Elmohamady. Subs not used: Nyland, Hogan, El Ghazi, Adomah.
 
PNE line-up: Maxwell, Fisher (Moult, 83), Hughes, Pearson, Huntington (c), Davies, Barkhuizen (Gallagher, 77), Ledson (Johnson, 46), Nmecha, Browne, Robinson. Subs not used: Rudd, Earl, Clarke, Burke.
 
Attendance: 27,331 (397 PNE fans)
 
Referee: Mr D England

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Aston Villa

1 October 2018

Tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night's trip to Villa Park and are available online at www.mypne.com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office at Deepdale.

First Team News

Memorable Match: Aston Villa

1 October 2018
PNE have received an allocation of 1,080 tickets in the lower tier of the Doug Ellis Stand and whilst tickets can be bought in advance, Aston Villa have advised that they will be selling to our fans tomorrow night from the visitors ticket office on Witton Lane from 6pm. This is located next to the away turnstiles and there is no price increase on tickets.
 
Any supporters collecting tickets can do so from the visitors ticket office as well. Tickets will remain on sale at Deepdale and online until 2.30pm on the day of the game.
Ticket prices as follows: Adults £30, concessions* £20, U21s £17, U18s £10.
 
First Team News

Ref Watch: Aston Villa

1 October 2018
*Concessions include seniors aged 65 and over, members of the armed forces and full-time students.
 
There are eight pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets located in the lower tier of the Trinity Road Stand. These are priced at £25 for adults, with all other categories priced as above with a carer ticket free of charge if required. These tickets are located in a different part of the ground to the main allocatin and are located with the home supporters.
 
Ambuland disabled supporter tickets are available from the main allocation and are again priced at £25 for adults, with all other categories priced as above with a carer ticket free of charge if required.
 
Coach travel is also available for the game and is priced at £15 for all, with coaches departing Deepdale 3.30pm; it is a split coach and will then pick up at Leyland en route.
 
Travel can now also be purchased online at www.mypne.com, as well as over the phone by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office.

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