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Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers Match Preview

5 March 2020

Preston North End will be looking to maintain their position in the top six when they face a tough test at home to Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

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Ticket Information: Queens Park Rangers Home

5 March 2020
The Rs, who inflicted a defeat on the Lilywhites back in December, have been in good form of late, going five unbeaten, with Jordan Hugill leading the line, having lost top scorer Nahki Wells back to parent club Burnley and ultimately Bristol City in January.
 
Last weekend they picked up a point, with Hugill on the scoresheet, against another inform side in Birmingham City, who are now 13 unbeaten – albeit they have drawn their last five games.
 
Mark Warburton, appointed last summer, has done a positive job at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this season, with solid foundations of his own being built and recent weeks have shown the ability and threat his side carry, which was evident in their fast start to the season.
 
For North End, they will be without Ben Pearson again, but after two very tough away challenges last week, will be looking to put on a good display and try and cement their place in the top six before the games are down to single figures!
 
For Your Information
Match Details: PNE v Queens Park Rangers, Deepdale, Saturday 7th March 2020, kick-off 3pm
Competition: EFL Championship (37/46)
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: This weekend’s latest EFL Championship fixture sees the Lilywhites welcome Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers to Deepdale on Saturday afternoon. Click here for more information.
 
Match Officials: Saturday’s clash against Queens Park Rangers sees a match official taking charge of his fourth North End game of the season. Click here for details of all the officials.
 
We’ve Met Before: Preston North End entertain the Rs for the 21st time in league action when we meet in the EFL Championship this Saturday. Click here for more details of past battles.
 
How To Follow The Game: If you can’t make it to Deepdale for this weekend’s clash with Queens Park Rangers, don’t worry, we will have full coverage on PNE.Com and iFollow PNE. Click here for details of how you can follow the match.
 
The One And Only Issue 22: Ryan Ledson is the main interviewee in this weekend’s programme, which also features Alan Browne, Louis Moult, Clarke Carlisle, Ryan Kidd and Gareth Ainsworth. Click here for details of weekend’s issue.
 
Team News: Preston North End manager Alex Neil will again be without midfielder Ben Pearson, who is still out with the hamstring injury he picked up at West Bromwich Albion. Click here for details of the manager’s options.
 
Alex Neil Says Everyone Should Embrace Play-Off Push: Preston North End manager Alex Neil says players, staff and fans should all embrace whatever the last ten games brings as his side continue their push towards the end of the season. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
 
Ben Davies Looking Forward To Rs Test: Preston North End central defender Ben Davies is looking forward to a month with three home games out of four fixtures as March gets underway with the visit of Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. Click here for more from Ben.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Queens Park Rangers 3

7 March 2020

Queens Park Rangers came from one-nil down to Daniel Johnson’s penalty to take the points at Deepdale.

The visitors, who finished the game with ten men after the sending off of Geoff Cameron took the win with second half strikes from Grant Hall, Ryan Manning and Ebere Eze.
 
Johnson had converted from 12 yards after Darnell Fisher had been upended in the box in an opening period that the Lilywhites dominated, but after two half-time changes by Mark Warburton, the Rs scored from the only three shots they had on goal in the game.
 
PNE manager Alex Neil had made two changes, with David Nugent and the injured Brad Potts replaced by the returning Paul Gallagher and Josh Harrop.
 
But it was Sean Maguire who almost got the game off to a flyer as Johnson sent him down the right with a ball over the top, the Irishman driving into the penalty area and drilling a low shot past Liam Kelly, but it came off the left-hand post and was cleared to safety.
 
But they deservedly took the lead just before the 20-minute mark. A superb 50-yard cross-field ball from Gallagher released Tom Barkhuizen – who was a constant threat in the opening period – and he fed Fisher’s overlap into the box, who was brought down by Marc Pugh, giving referee Dean Whitestone an easy decision.
Johnson stepped up after quite a long delay and coolly squeezed his left-footed penalty into the bottom right hand corner, just past the fingertips of Kelly, who had chosen the right direction to dive.
They continued to press, looking for a second, dominating possession, but without creating any clear-cut opportunities, going into half-time.
 
But at the break the visitors made two changes that affected the game, Pugh and Dominic Ball replaced by Ilias Chair and Luke Amos and QPR had more possession in the middle of the park.
 
And they got back on level terms in the 61st minute.  Ben Davies was adjudged to have brought down former team-mate Jordan Hugill on the right and Eze delivered a free kick to the back post when Hall managed to get in front of his man poke into the bottom left corner.
 
But within 90 seconds a key moment in the game that could have changed it in North End’s favour. A Fisher free kick on half-way was drilled over the top of the Rangers defence to where Maguire had made a superb run, and lofted a header over Kelly, which dropped agonisingly against the bar. The Irishman had then followed it in, but the bounce back off the crossbar was just too high and he was unable to control and nudge it into the goal.
 
At the half’s mid-point Warburton’s side went down to ten men when Cameron received a second yellow card – which in all honesty could have been a red on its own – for a tackle, above the ankle, on Fisher.
 
The Rs went in front for the first time with 11 minutes to go as Manning picked up a ball on the left corner of the penalty area and curled a left-footed shot that went over everyone and came off the underside of the bar and into the top right corner.
 
Just before he was replaced, Josh Harrop stung the hands of Kelly with a shot from the left corner of the penalty area at the other end after a knock down from earlier substitute Jayden Stockley.
 
The frontman was then controversially involved in what led to the London side’s third goal. A ball in from another change, Ryan Ledson, was towards Stockley, who was charged through in the area for what looked like a stonewall second penalty of the game for PNE, but the match officials saw nothing and QPR boke.
 
They charged up field via Bright Osayi-Samuel, who then fed Eze down the left, who checked back inside and curled a right-footed shot into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area to complete the win.
 
PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes, Browne, Bauer, Davies, Barkhuizen (Sinclair, 81), Gallagher (c) (Stockley, 73), Maguire, Johnson, Harrop (Ledson, 81). Subs not used: Ripley, Rafferty, Huntington, Nugent.
 
QPR line-up: Kelly, Hall (c), Cameron, Pugh (Chair, 46), Hugill, Eze, Ball (Amos, 46), Manning, Osayi-Samuel, Rangel, Barbet. Subs not used: Lumley, Kane, Shodipo, Oteh, Clarke.
 
Attendance: 12,378 (613 QPR fans)
 
Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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Ticket Information: Queens Park Rangers Home

5 March 2020

This weekend’s latest EFL Championship fixture sees the Lilywhites welcome Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers to Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

First Team News

Match Officials: Queens Park Rangers Home

5 March 2020
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 out 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 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.
First Team News

We’ve Met Before: Queens Park Rangers Home

5 March 2020
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 Rs fans, tickets are 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 1.30pm.
 
For home fans travelling to the game, the Leyland shuttle bus will be in operation, pick up points and times are as follows: 1.20pm, Leyland Tesco; 1.30pm, Railway Pub Leyland; 1.40pm, Beam and Brycg Pub Bamber Bridge; arrive Deepdale, 2.10pm. Tickets are £3 for a single or £4 return.

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