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Preston North End Match v Stoke City Preview

19 August 2019

Two founder members of the Football League meet at Deepdale on Wednesday night, 131 years after their first meeting.

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Preston North End vs Stoke City Ticket News

19 August 2019
That was one of two games played in PR1 between the sides in the opening two years of the league, with the Lilywhites achieving an aggregate score of 17-0! It is unlikely to provide as many goals for the Sky Sports cameras this midweek, but with both sides sharing nine goals in their games at the weekend, could be equally as entertaining.
 
Nathan Jones’ side, like Alex Neil’s men, haven’t got the points their performances have thus far deserved in the 2019/20 Championship, however, both outfits will look to correct that in front of the watching TV audience.
 
Stoke-born Louis Moult is ruled out for North End, having scored in the last home game, when the Lilywhites thrashed local rivals Wigan Athletic, meaning someone else will get a chance to come into the side, with plenty of players chomping at the bit after some excellent displays in last week’s cup victory at Bradford.
 
Likewise, Jones has a strong squad at his disposal and should he wish too, he can freshen things up for the trip to Deepdale, with numerous experienced options available to him.
 
For Your Information
Match Details: PNE v Stoke City, Deepdale, Wednesday 21st August 2019, kick-off 7.45pm
Competition: EFL Championship (4/46)
PNE colours: Home kit, goalkeeper in green
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…
 
Ticket Information: Our first live TV game of the season sees the Lilywhites take on Nathan Jones’ Stoke City at Deepdale on Wednesday night. Click here for more information.
 
Match Officials: This Wednesday we have a referee taking charge of just his second game at Deepdale and also his second PNE match overall. Click here for details of who it is.
 
We’ve Met Before: It is 131 years since the two sides first met at Deepdale, in the opening Football League season and that finished 7-0 to the home side. Click here for more details of past battles.
 
How To Follow The Game: If you can’t make the trip to Deepdale for Wednesday night’s game, don’t worry, we will have full coverage on PNE.Com. Click here for details of how you can follow the match.
 
The One And Only Issue Two: The new matchday programme is once again packed full of interviews and features for Wednesday night’s clash with Nathan Jones’ Stoke City at Deepdale. Click here for details.
 
Team News: Manager Alex Neil will be without Louis Moult, who picked up what appeared to be a serious injury in Saturday’s clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Click here for details of the latest team news.
 
Alex Neil Wants To Make Performances Count: Preston North End manager Alex Neil has been happy with his side’s displays so far this season, but wants the team to make the most of their dominance in games, capitalising on chances created. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
 
Paul Gallagher Looking For Another Home Win: Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher wants to follow up the opening home game of the season with another positive performance and three points. Click here for more from Gally.

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Preston North End 3 Stoke City 1

21 August 2019

Goals from Daniel Johnson, Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop – on his return to the side – were the scorers as Preston North End made it back to back home wins by beating Nathan Jones’ Stoke City 3-1 at Deepdale.

Johnson fired home in the seventh minute, before Bodin capitalised on a mistake by Stoke’s international goalkeeper and Harrop capped things off in the second half. James McLean fired home a minute from time for a consolation goal, but Alex Neil’s side thoroughly deserved the win and the points.
 
The scoring started early as a long ball from Declan Rudd sent over the top for Tom Barkhuizen, playing as a No.9, saw him get down the right and pull the ball back, it taking a deflection off Danny Batth, falling to Johnson, who fired a shot into the floor and into the bottom right-hand corner of England ’keeper Jack Butland’s goal.
 
And it was 2-0 on 25 minutes as Butland, who could be questioned over the first, was again left red-faced as another long ball for Barkhuizen was pushed out by the stopper, but only as far as Billy Bodin, who drove a shot back in that went right through the body of the Stoke No.1 and into the goal.
 
At times on the night the Lilywhites played some exquisite stuff and four minutes before the break Joe Rafferty, continuing to play left back in the absence of Andrew Hughes, almost got his second in as many games with what would have been a stunning team goal.
 
It started with Rafferty, who played in Daniel Johnson on the left, who twisted into space and found Billy Bodin. In turn the Welshman found the onward run of the left back, who got into the box on his favoured right foot, but his shot deflected into Butland’s grateful hands.
 
In the opening home game the manager had said that the first goal in the second half would be key and that was the same again in this match and once again that was PNE and it was a fairytale story as Harrop scored on his first start at Deepdale since September 2018.
It was brilliant play again as the No.10 found Johnson, who went down the right-hand side of the penalty area and then checked back, putting a defender on his back side, before curling a shot that Butland pushed out, but only as far as Harrop, who fired it back across goal into the bottom right hand corner with just over 20 minutes left.
James McLean, who could have seen red for an incident with substitute Darnell Fisher, fired home from close range at the back post with a minute left of normal time, but it proved nothing but mere consolation much to the delight of the home crowd.
 
PNE line-up: Rudd, Clarke (c) (Fisher, 40), Rafferty, Pearson, Bauer, Davies, Bodin (Potts, 59), Gallagher (Browne, 82), Barkhuizen, Johnson, Harrop. Subs not used: Ripley, Ledson, Green, Stockley.
 
Stoke City line-up: Butland, Edwards, Allen, Lindsay, Batth (c), Ince (Vokes, 70), McClean, Gregory, Hogan (Etebo, 58), Clucas, Woods (Collins, 46). Subs not used: Federici, Smith, Campbell, Duffy.
 
Attendance: 11,973 (1,302 Stoke City fans)
 
Referee: Mr J Brooks

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Ticket Information: Stoke City Home

19 August 2019

Our first live TV game of the season sees the Lilywhites take on Nathan Jones’ Stoke City at Deepdale on Wednesday night.

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Match Officials: Stoke City Home

19 August 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.
 
This season we are also offering print at home tickets, so you can buy online and print our your ticket without needing to collect on the day, click here for more information.
For those still 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 6pm on the night.
Tickets can be purchased at Deepdale from 9am until 5pm on Monday and Tuesday, 9am until kick-off on the day of the game, both in person and over the ticket hotline – 0344 856 1966.
 
Paper and print at home tickets can be purchased online at MyPNE.Com 24/7 right up until two 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!
 
For Potters fans, sales will be available on the day. There will be no increases for matchday purchases and tickets are available for visiting 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 6.30pm.
 
For home fans travelling to the game the Leyland shuttle bus will be in operation for the game, pick up points and times as per usual.

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