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Huddersfield Town v Preston North End Match Preview

3 July 2020

It’s a Roses battle this weekend, as the Lilywhites made the trip across the Pennines to face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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2 July 2020

It is one of a small number of stadia that North End are yet to record a win at and there is no better time than this weekend as Alex Neil’s side look for their first three points since the resumption of Championship football.

The PNE boss will be without Paul Huntington, after his retrospective three-match ban, but he will hope to bring Daniel Johnson back, after the top scorer missed the clash with Derby County due to a dead leg.

The clash between the sides at Deepdale back in November saw Jayden Stockley, Alan Browne and a Paul Gallagher penalty give the home side a three-goal cushion after just 50 minutes, before Juninho Bacuna grabbed a late consolation for the Cowley’s Terriers.

This time around, the hosts picked up an excellent 3-0 away win in midweek, against Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City at St Andrews and they will be buoyed by that and will be a test for North End as they look to put pressure on those above them.

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Match Details: Huddersfield Town v Preston North End, John Smith’s Stadium, Saturday 4th July 2020, kick-off 3pm
Competition: EFL Championship (41/46)
PNE colours: Green shirt, yellow shorts and socks, all-black goalkeeper
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…

Watch The Game On iFollow: Preston North End supporters can watch Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town live on iFollow PNE this weekend. Click here for more information.

Match Officials: Darren Bond will take charge of a Lilywhites game for the first time since the Boxing Day draw with Leeds United, when he referee’s Saturday’s trip to another West Yorkshire side in Huddersfield Town. Click here for details of the officials.

We’ve Met Before: Preston North End travel to face the Terriers of West Yorkshire first the 42nd time in league competition at the weekend and our fifth of those games at what is now the John Smith’s Stadium. Click here for more details of past battles.

Alex Neil On Huddersfield Town Clash: Preston North End manager Alex Neil gives his thoughts ahead of the Lilywhites’ Roses clash with Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Click here for the manager’s full interview.

Brad Potts Not Looking For Excuses: Preston North End midfielder Brad Potts says that the Lilywhites’ honest squad are not looking for excuses for their results since the resumption, instead they are just looking to work even harder. Click here for more from Brad.

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Match Reports

Huddersfield Town 0 Preston North End 0

4 July 2020

North End had to settle for a point at the John Smith’s Stadium despite an excellent performance and dominating their hosts.

Despite their determined efforts, they were unable to grab a winner with late chances for substitutes Scott Sinclair and Sean Maguire going narrowly wide.

Manager Alex Neil made four changes to the side that faced Derby County a few days earlier and the additions of Bauer, Harrop, Barkhuizen and Ledson all contributed to a positive display from the off.

It was a game where the Lilywhites were on the front foot from the off, the sitters of Pearson and Ledson dominating the play in the middle of the park and allowing the men in front of them to play on the front foot and attack the opposition.

The threat of Barkhuizen’s pace in behind the Huddersfield Town defence was evident from the outset as a number of times he broke in behind and threatened, with Potts, Browne and Harrop often willing runners to break the lines.

Set pieces were also a threat, with five first half corners, the closest coming on 36 minutes when Harrop’s out-swinger was met at the back post by Bauer, who headed down, but narrowly wide of the left hand upright.

After watching his side be second to most things in the first half, Danny Cowley made two changes at half-time with Colin Quaner and Steve Mounie on for Frazier Campbell and Elias Kachunga in attack. The second half also started amidst the arrival of the rains that had clearly followed across the Pennines.

The second half drinks break brought changes for the green-clad Lilywhites as well, with Jayden Stockley and Sean Maguire added to the attacking lines with Browne and Harrop making way for the two centre forwards.

Bodin and Sinclair were also added to the attackers, giving North End four strikers on the pitch in the closing minutes looking for a winner, which saw five minutes added on at the end.

In the fourth minute a ball forward from Maguire sent Scott Sinclair in behind the Terriers backline and into the area, but his shot was inches wide of the left-hand post from 15 yards out. The same man also curled a 25 yards effort past Lossl, but again it flashed past the post.

And with the last kick of the game, they had another chance to win it as a headed ball back in by Potts found Sean Maguire in a left-hand channel, and he got a shot away, but it went into the side-netting and the final whistle followed.

Huddersfield Town line-up: Lossl, Toffolo, Hogg, Chalobah (Gorenc-Stankovic, 85), Kachunga (Quaner, 46), Stearman, Grant (Willock, 76), Pritchard (Smith-Rowe, 55), Campbell (Mounie, 46), Schindler (c), O’Brien. Subs not used: Coleman, King, Pyke, Duhaney.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Rafferty, Hughes, Pearson, Bauer, Davies, Potts, Ledson (Sinclair, 83), Barkhuizen (Bodin, 89), Browne (Maguire, 72), Harrop (Stockley, 72). Subs not used: Ripley, Fisher, Bayliss, Storey, Nugent.

Referee: Mr D Bond

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