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Preston North End v Derby County Match Preview

30 June 2020

It’s been 132 years in the making, but the Lilywhites will play their 5,000th Football League game on Wednesday evening and it will also be the first time they have ever played one in July before!

Derby County, one of North End’s fellow founder members, make a fitting visitor for the club’s special occasion, as well as the Sky Sports cameras, however, that does not make up for the fact we are unable to celebrate the occasion with our supporters present at Deepdale with us.

The Rams arrive in excellent form, four straight wins, albeit they come in pairs that were over three months apart! But wins over QPR and Reading since the resumption of the Championship have them on the coattails of the top six and looking to leapfrog PNE with a win.

However, PNE are aware that a positive result could put them straight back in the Play-Off positions, depending on Cardiff City’s midweek result against Bristol City, who are also in contention for a spot in that end of season lottery… it is just very tight at the moment!

The visit of Derby also brings with it former England captain and the country’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney, whose last visit to Deepdale came as skipper of Manchester United in the 2015 FA Cup tie where he scored twice in front of a sold out stadium, sadly this time it was be less than 200 people who will be watching on.

For Your Information
Match Details: PNE v Derby County, Deepdale, Wednesday 1st July 2020, kick-off 5pm
Competition: EFL Championship (39/46)
PNE colours: Home kit, goalkeeper in green
Game live on Sky Sports and available to season card holders through iFollow PNE

Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…

Match Officials: Australian referee Jarred Gillett will take charge of his second Preston North End game for Wednesday evening’s 5,000th Football League game involving the Lilywhites. Click here for details of all the officials.

We’ve Met Before: The Lilywhites have been coming up against the Rams since the inaugural Football League season in 1888/89 and they are therefore a fitting opponent for the club’s 5,000th game. Click here for more details of past battles.

The One And Only Special Edition: Wednesday afternoon’s 5,000th EFL fixture sees the Lilywhites take on Derby County and to celebrate the occasion we have produced a special 100-page edition of The One And Only. Click here for details of the programme.

The Opposition: Derby County manager Phillip Cocu feels that two wins from two following the resumption of the Championship have put his side firmly in contention for the top six. Click here to see what he has to say.

Alex Neil Sends Best Wishes To Andre Wisdom Ahead Of Derby Clash: Preston North End manager sent best wishes to Derby County’s Andre Wisdom ahead of the clash with the Rams on Wednesday night. Click here for the manager’s full interview.

Tom Barkhuizen: “We’ll Go And Give Everything We’ve Got”: Tom Barkhuizen believes things haven’t quite clicked for Preston North End since their return to football after the season’s suspension, but he’s confident that the side can get back to their best in the club’s 5000th league game. Click here for Tom’s thoughts.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 0 Derby County 1

1 July 2020

A first half free kick from Wayne Rooney gave Derby County a 1-0 win at Deepdale, despite the Lilywhites' intense pressure.

The club’s 5,000th game was marked pre-match as EFL chairman Rick Parry made a presentation to the club, accepted by Lilywhites chairman Craig Hemmings.

But the Lilywhites were left frustrated in the opening period despite having the better of the play and were once again left aggrieved by the match officials’ decisions at key moments.

Declan Rudd had made a good save from Martyn Waghorn in the early minutes, but controversially, on 18 minutes, Paul Huntington was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Sibley – when replays clearly showed it should have been the other way!

But Rams skipper Rooney showed his class as he curled a free kick up and over the wall and back down into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to make it 1-0.

The work-rate, passing and pressing game of Alex Neil’s side was excellent and five minutes after the opener former Derby man David Nugent went down the left and fed the ball into Brad Potts – the two of them some of five changes made to the starting XI – and the No.44 pulled the ball back for Alan Browne. His shot was going wide, but he was completely upended by a very late challenge in the aftermath by Matthew Clarke, which looked another clear penalty, only to be waved away by Jarred Gillett, the Australian referee.

Rudd made another good save from Duane Holmes, who shot from 20 yards out with 15 minutes left in the first half, but the home side went in behind at the interval.

The second half saw North End again in the ascendency, dominating possession, with Sean Maguire, Tom Barkhuizen and Josh Harrop all added to the attacking options to try and get back on level terms.

Jayden Stockley replaced Ben Pearson, as the attacks continued for North End, with more and more vigour, with the pace of Barkhuizen and Maguire off the flanks, getting plenty of balls into the box looking for the No.20.

The opposition dropped deeper and deeper and added defensive reinforcements in the shape of Curtis Davies and Craig Forsyth to deal with the bombardment of attacks that were incessant from the Lilywhites.

The closing minutes saw corners coming and balls into the box, with Chris Martin doing defensive duties and not those at the other end of the pitch to keep his side ahead.

Six minutes were added on by the officials and the attacks came coming, Barkhuizen winning another corner with a block and in the final seconds Stockley looked to have been bundled over in the penalty, but a corner came with Rudd forward and the ball from Harrop found the goalkeeper’s head, but it flashed over the bar and the Rams held on.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Rafferty, Hughes, Pearson (Stockley, 77), Huntington, Davies, Potts, Gallagher (c) (Harrop, 73), Nugent (Maguire 60), Browne, Sinclair (Barkhuizen, 73). Subs not used: Ripley, Fisher, Ledson, Bauer, Bodin.

Derby County line-up: Hamer, Waghorn, Clarke, Evans (C Davies, 82), Holmes (Martin, 65), Lowe, Rooney (c) (Malone, 90), Bogle (Forsyth, 65), Knight, Sibley (Shinnie, 64), Bird. Subs not used: Roos, Jozefzoon, Whittaker, Hector-Ingram.

Referee: Mr J Gillett

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