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Preston North End vs Reading Match Preview

14 September 2018

The action resumes as the Lilywhites return to Deepdale after the international break looking for three points against Paul Clement’s Reading.

Both sides will feel their performances before the first enforced rest of the season deserved more points and will be looking to this next chunk of games for a chance to move up the Championship table.
It is the first of seven games in 22 days for the Lilywhites, with Alex Neil’s squad tested to its limits, with suspensions and injuries in the forward areas limiting his options, but those who get the shirt will be looking to impress and nail down a spot in the side.
Callum Robinson, who scored his first goal of the season in the last home game, returns from making his international debut for the Republic of Ireland and will look to return with another high with three points against the Royals.
Ref Watch
Lancashire referee Darren Bond takes charge of his first North End game of the season when the Lilywhites entertain Paul Clement’s Reading this weekend…
Memorable Match
We look back to Christmas 2004 for our latest look back to a past fixture against our upcoming Championship opponent, when Steve Coppell brought the Royals to Deepdale, but it was the Lilywhites who took the late festive gift of the three points…
Ticket Information
It’s a 3pm kick-off for the return to action after the international break, as the Lilywhites take on Paul Clement’s Reading in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday, with tickets on general sale…
The One And Only Issue Five
This weekend’s copy of the matchday programme is another packed 100-page edition of The One And Only not to be missed…
Opposition View
Reading manager Paul Clement spoke to the media ahead of the Royals’ trip to Deepdale on Saturday and is looking to come away with all three points…
Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be without a number of midfield options for the clash with Reading at Deepdale this weekend…
Match Coverage
For the visit of the Royals to Deepdale, as we return to action after the international break, we have a man with over 400 appearances for the Lilywhites joining us for our match coverage…
Alex Neil’s Thoughts
With a number of first team spots up for grabs this weekend due to injuries and suspensions, manager Alex Neil is hoping the players who are involved can show what they are capable of on the pitch…
Paul Gallagher Interview
North End’s experienced midfielder Paul Gallagher believes the team can get on a positive run of results between the international breaks…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Reading 3

15 September 2018

North End were on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller at Deepdale, despite goals from Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson.

The opening effort came completely against the run of play as Sam Baldock fired home from John Swift’s lofted through ball, however, the Lilywhites were soon level, Johnson’s 22-yard effort deflecting off Leandro Bacuna past Sam Walker in the Royals goal.
But it was the visitors who again scored against the run of play at the start of the second half, Swift firing home from close range from Sone Aluko’s driven cross from the left.
North End drew level for a second time when Robinson got a touch on Josh Earl’s driven effort from the left, but Bacuna got on the end of substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s cross from the right with what proved to be the winner.
Manager Alex Neil had made five changes to his starting XI, opting to play a 3-4-3 formation, with Alan Browne not making it after picking up a calf injury on international duty, but Lukas Nmecha returned to take a place on the substitutes bench.
After a slow opening ten minutes, the home side burst to life and had chances to be two or three ahead before the opener.
On 11 minutes Robinson had a shot from 25 yards that was turned away by Walker – in for the injured Vito Mannone - but Louis Moult collected the follow up and drilled the ball back across goal, but it couldn’t be forced home.
Moments later some good build up play saw Paul Gallagher switch to Dranell Fisher on the right, he put over a driven cross and Tom Barkhuizen got on the end of it with a vicious volley that flew past Walker, but just over the bar from 15 yards out.
It continued to be brilliant from PNE. On 18 minutes Robinson collected the ball on the left and crossed finding a superb header from Barkhuizen, that beat Walker, but it came back out off the inside of the left-hand post.
So on 23 minutes, when Reading scored, it was completely against the run of play. There looked a clear foul on Gallagher in the build-up by Swift, not given by referee Darren Bond, but the visiting No.10 came out with the ball and lifted it into Baldock, who fired in on the half volley into the bottom left hand corner.
The visitors then had their best spell of the game and Declan Rudd made a fine save from a Yakou Meite shot, after a run down the left and a fired in shot from ten yards out by the Reading winger.
But just after the half hour mark the sides were level. Robinson played a pass out to Josh Earl, who drove down the left of the box, drilled the ball across, Moult laid it off for Robinson on the penalty spot, he hit Moult with his shot, but it came out to Johnson on edge of ‘D’, who hit a shot that deflected off Bacuna and into the bottom right hand corner, flat-footing Walker.
The pressure from PNE continued after they were on parity and a superb break saw Robinson move forward and play the ball onto Moult, it came back into Robinson who beat Walker, but was inches wide of the right-hand post.
Ten minutes before the interval, Barkhuizen broke with pace down the left, moved in towards the left corner of penalty area, beat Tiago Ilori, but his shot came off Liam Moore with Robinson and Moult waiting for a kind rebound that didn’t come.
There was a blistering start to the second half as Gallagher was denied by Walker after Barkhuizen had a shot blocked with a huge shot for penalty for handball by Liam Moore.
But Paul Clement’s side were back in front on 52 minutes. A cleverly worked corner saw a backheel free up Aluko with some space on the left byline and he flashed the ball into the six-yard box where Swift was on hand to fire home from past Rudd close range.
A double-change before the hour mark saw Josh Harrop and Lukas Nmecha brought on; Fisher and Gallagher the men to give way, with Barkhuizen going to right wing back and a three-pronged attack.
Nmecha’s pace and trickery was on show mid-way through the half as he burst to the edge of the ‘D’ only to be upended as he was about to enter the box. It was 19 yards out and Harrop had the shot that flicked off the wall and behind for a corner.
Into the final 20 minutes and a long throw from Barkhuizen almost brought the equaliser as Paul Huntington flicked it on to Nmecha and then it fell to Earl, whose shot was superbly saved by Walker. From the second of two corners to result from the attack Clarke got onto Harrop’s cross, but it hit Nmecha and bounced clear.
But the Lilywhites were level with 14 minutes to go. The goal came through work from Earl. The ball was worked out to the young left back, who found space outside the corner of the box to drill a shot into a crowd of players and Robinson, North End’s No.7, poked out a toe to divert the effort into the bottom right hand corner.
However, for the third time in the game the Royals moved ahead. Nine minutes were left on the clock and they broke with numbers. Liam Kelly fed substitute Bodvarsson down the right and his right-wing cross was put home from close range by Bacuna.
Four minutes were added at the end, with the additional time starting with Barkhuizen stinging the gloves of Walker. A good move followed as Earl glanced a header from Barkhuizen's cross narrowly wide, but the home side were unable to get a third equaliser of the game.
PNE line-up: Rudd, Clarke (c), Huntington, Davies, Fisher (Harrop, 56), Gallagher (Nmecha, 57), Johnson, Earl, Barkhuizen, Moult (Burke, 80), Robinsons. Subs not used: Maxwell, Storey, Hughes, Barker.
Reading line-up: Walker, Gunter, Yiadom, Moore (c), Bacuna, Baldock, Swift, Aluko (Sims, 79), Ilori, Meite (Bodvarsson, 75), Kelly. Subs not used: Jaakkola, O’Shea, McShane, McNulty, Rinomhota.
Attendance: 10,849 (288 Reading fans)
Referee: Mr D Bond

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Ticket News

Reading Ticket Information

12 September 2018

It’s a 3pm kick-off for the return to action after the international break, as the Lilywhites take on Paul Clement’s Reading 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.
We have also produced a video to explain how the new electronic entry system at Deepdale works – and this can be viewed 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!
Away end are available on the day, where there no increases for matchday purchases. Tickets are available for visiting Royals supporters 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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