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Preston North End vs Wigan Athletic Match Preview

4 October 2018

North End face the Latics at Deepdale for the first time since Jordan Hugill’s goal gave the Lilywhites all three points in front of the Sky Sports cameras two years ago

Since then, our visitors have been down and bounced straight back up, with Paul Cook bringing his side – who have started the season in a positive fashion – to PR1, his first visit with a team since his Chesterfield side lost in the Play-Off semi-final.
 
The Wigan side is all-change since that last meeting, with former PNE favourite Joe Garner leading the line and looking to put one over on his boyhood club – as you can hear if you listen to this week’s PNE Podcast.
 
For Alex Neil and his men, they picked up their first point on the road in Tuesday’s six-goal thriller at Villa Park and they are looking to build some momentum going into the international break by picking up the three points in front of their own fans.
 
There’s less than 20 miles between the two stadia, so this is certainly a local derby, even if a more modern one, which means with a decent-sized away following - with just over half the Bill Shankly Kop sold – there should be an atmosphere to enjoy.
 
Ticket Information
It’s a 3pm kick-off for our second derby game of the 2018/19 season, as we take on Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday…
 
 
 
Ref Watch
Premier League official Lee Probert takes charge of the Lilywhites’ local derby against Wigan Athletic at Deepdale this weekend…
 
 
Memorable Match
Back in 2005, with Wigan heading for the Premier League and North End the Play-Off Final, a huge clash at Deepdale, saw more than 20,000 packed into the ground for the Championship's match of the day…
 
 
The One And Only Issue Eight
Ryan Ledson will be meeting up with a few mates on Saturday – but he hopes he is one smiling at the end…
 
 
Opposition View
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook is looking forward to what he describes as a ‘great game’ as he brings his side to Deepdale...
 
 
Team News
Preston North End manager Alex Neil has plenty of options to consider when it comes to team selection for the visit of Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic to Deepdale…
 
 
Match Coverage
This weekend’s game at Deepdale is the ITN fixture and the main game on QUEST on Saturday evening, 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…
 
 
Alex Neil’s Preview
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is looking to build some momentum into the international break, with the Lilywhites’ last game before that being a local derby…
 
 
Lukas Nmecha Interview
Preston North End’s on loan Manchester City and England striker Lukas Nmecha put in an excellent display at Villa Park on Tuesday night…
 

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Preston North End 4 Wigan Athletic 0

6 October 2018

Goals from Tom Barkhuizen, a Callum Robinson brace and a penalty from substitute Paul Gallagher gave the Lilywhites a thumping derby victory over Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic.

Barkhuizen’s second goal of the season, squeezing a shot under Christian Walton on 17 minutes, set the ball rolling, with Robinson doubling the lead just after the break in a crazy opening few minutes to the second half that also saw Darron Gibson given a straight red card for a high tackle on Ben Pearson.
 
Gallagher converted from the spot after the excellent Lukas Nmecha had been upended and then Robinson poked home returnee Sean Maguire's left wing cross, as Alex Neil’s men got the result they deserved from a thoroughly professional performance.
 
The manager made three changes to the side that drew with Villa in midweek, Ledson and Huntington missing out with knocks, with Tom Clarke, Jordan Storey and Daniel Johnson – so influential in the Villa Park comeback – coming into the XI.
 
And after a cagey start the Lilywhites went ahead just after the quarter hour mark. Robinson had the ball on the left of the penalty area, before clipping it across – via a deflection – for Browne on the penalty spot. The Irishman held the ball up and laid it to the right of the box where Barkhuizen drilled it through the legs of the Latics No.1 and into the back of the net.
 
Into the last five minutes of the half and a really controversial moment took place. Nmecha was sent clean through on goal and brought down, for what would be a clear penalty and red card for Cedric Kipre, but referee Lee Probert sees and gives nothing.
 
Then in the fourth of five minutes of added time it was almost 2-0 as Nmecha again went at the Wigan defence, took on substitute Dan Burn, went past him before playing the ball out to Robinson on the left-hand side of the box, who dropped a shoulder, but dragged a left foot shot inches past the right-hand post.
 
The start of the second half was chaotic, as the game changed in the opening few minutes. Firstly, some great play by North End saw Johnson play Andrew Hughes in down the left, the Welshman pulled the ball back for Browne on the penalty spot and the No.8 controlled and fired on goal, but hit the underside of the bar, came down and was less that a couple of millimetres away on the Hawkeye goalline technology from making it 2-0.
 
But the Lilywhites weren’t to be denied a second just 90 seconds later as Browne fed Barkhuizen on the right, he got close to the byline before pulling the ball back to Johnson 15 yards out. He cleverly moved the ball to his left, where Robinson was on hand to drill the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
 
And before the hour mark the visitors were down to ten men. Nemcha, who was a handful for the Wigan backline all afternoon, held the ball up superbly, sent Pearson away down the left, only for the midfielder to be taken our thigh high by Gibson, who was given a straight red card by referee Probert.
 
With six minutes to go, North End finally got their penalty and it was won by Nmecha, brought down around the spot after substitute Gallagher had lofted the ball to the front man around the penalty spot. Gallagher stepped up, with his usual back to the goal routine, ran up and smashed the ball down the middle to make it 3-0.
 
Maguire came on for his return and looked lively on the right side of the front three in the closing stages, to add a further boost to what was a positive afternoon at Deepdale and it was him that set up the fourth, driving down the left and drilling the ball in for Robinson to flick home with the outside of his foot from close range.
 
PNE line-up: Maxwell, Fisher, Hughes, Pearson, Clarke (c), Storey, Barkhuizen (Maguire, 75), Johnson (Gallagher, 75), Nmecha, Browne, Robinson. Subs not used: Rudd, Earl, Davies, Moult, Barker.
 
Wigan Athletic line-up: Walton, A Robinson, Gibson, Morsy (c), Grigg, Windass (McManaman, 69), James, Jacobs (Garner, 69), Kipre, Dunkley, Powell (Burn, 45). Subs not used: Jones, Byrne, Roberts, Evans.
 
Attendance: 15,280 (3,831 Wigan Athletic fans)
 
Referee: Mr L Probert

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Ticket Information: Wigan Athletic

4 October 2018

It’s a 3pm kick-off for our second derby game of the 2018/19 season, as we take on Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday.

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 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.
 
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!
 
If away end tickets become available on the day, there would be no increases for matchday purchases. Confirmation will be made once pre-match sales are known, but if any tickets are available for visiting Latics supporters, they will be able to buy from the away ticket office next to the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, with cash and card payments accepted, which will 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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