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AFC Bournemouth Match Preview

30 November 2020

The Lilywhites face their second long trip and their second clash with a recently relegated side in the space of four days on Tuesday night.

First Team News

Watch PNE Take On Bournemouth Live On iFollow PNE

30 November 2020

Alex Neil’s side make the long trip south to face Jason Tindall’s AFC Bournemouth – Eddie Howe’s former assistant taking over at the Vitality Stadium in the summer.

It is PNE’s first trip to the ground formerly known at Dean Court since their 3-2 cup success back in 2016 and their first league game there since early in the 2012/13 campaign, when Graham Westley was still in charge.

The summer saw a big change at the Cherries, with the new manager overseeing the departure of stars Nathan Ake, Aaron Ramsdale, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, but he still has a quality squad, packed with internationals at his disposal and it will be another tough test for North End.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (15/46)
Date: Tuesday 1st December, kick-off 7.45pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Kit: 2020/21 third ‘green’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 10; Draws – 6; AFC Bournemouth - 13

Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be able to welcome back the man who has skipper the side for most games this season, Alan Browne, and Joe Rafferty, both after one match suspensions.

Darnell Fisher will sit out the second of his three game ban, whilst there are still a significant number of first team players on the sidelines, including Andrew Hughes, Paul Gallagher and Josh Harrop.

Lewis Cook and Arnaut Danjuma face late fitness tests for Jason Tindall's side. The duo were both absent for Saturday's draw at Rotherham United, Cook with a knock picked up against Nottingham Forest and Danjuma nursing a minor hamstring complaint.


Match Officials
The match official for Wednesday’s game is experienced referee Gavin Ward.

Gavin, from Surrey, is in his 14th season on the EFL lists, and he has officiated the Lilywhites on nine previous occasions including last season’s 5-1 home thrashing of Barnsley and the 2-1 win over Luton Town.

He has already been to the Vitality Stadium once this season, for their 3-2 home win over Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the season. That was the first of his eight games this season, having issued 20 cautions and one red card.

He will be assisted by Graham Kane and Michael George and Adrian Waters will be the fourth official.

Opposition View
Jason Tindall told “They're a really good Championship side and they have been for a number of years now, they're a solid outfit, difficult to break down and they'll pose different problems.

“They've had some great results on the road, they've beaten Brentford away, they've drawn with Norwich, beaten QPR and Reading, they've had some good away games and results.

“They'll be coming here looking to win the game I'm sure and we've got to go into the game making sure we're fully prepared, taking our good run of form and delivering a good performance.”

Match Coverage
North End fans can watch Tuesday’s game live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 match pass available now.

Guy Clarke and a co-commentator will be on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Vitality Stadium from approximately 7.15pm on Tuesday evening.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil Looking For Good Performance And Result: Preston North End manager Alex Neil is looking forward to having more options for his side’s clash with Jason Tindall’s AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: It was quite easy when selecting the game for this week’s look back feature, as we remember another memorable Tuesday night for the Lilywhites, which was actually their last trip to the Vitality Stadium. Click here for the details.

Alan Browne Ready To Return: Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne has captained the Lilywhites for the majority of the games so far this season. Click here for Browney’s thoughts.

A Foot In Both Camps: Normally it is the turn of a former player of both clubs to sit down and preview the clash between his previous employees, but there are very few players to don the cherry and black of AFC Bournemouth and the lilywhite of Preston North End. Click here for the interview.

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Match Reports

AFC Bournemouth 2 Preston North End 3

1 December 2020

A superb North End performance saw the Lilywhites end AFC Bournemouth’s unbeaten home record with a 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium.

Tom Barkhuizen opened the scoring in the first half, before Scott Sinclair fired in from 40 yards and Patrick Bauer – who was stretchered off late on – slid in for a third.

Late goals from Junior Stanislas and Sam Surridge pulled goals back to make it a tense 12 minutes of injury time, after the injury to Bauer, but North End deserved the win.

Skipper Alan Browne was back from suspension, along with Joe Rafferty, and Ryan Ledson also came into the side, with Browne playing alongside Johnson and Bens Pearson and Davies for the first time all season.

From the outset, the Lilywhites were on the front foot, pressing high and winning the ball in the Cherries final third and it was not a surprise when they broke the deadlock 16 minutes in with a swift counter-attack.

It was a brilliant and pacey break with Scott Sinclair holding the ball in the midfield and then sending Johnson away down the left. The Jamaican international delivered a superb low ball across the six-yard box and it was drilled in from the right corner of the opposite side by Barkhuizen for his fifth goal of the season and third in four games.

The pressure continued and more great build-up saw Rafferty find Barkhuizen and then on to Maguire, leading the line, and his shot from 25 yards saw Asmir Begovic scrambling backwards, the international stopper having to tip the vicious effort over the bar at full stretch.

Jason Tindall made a change at the break, Sam Surridge on for Rodrigo Riquelme, as they looked to add to their attacking options and switch to 4-4-2.

But it was North End who made it two and what a goal it was! Sinclair may have been caught on five goals for the season earlier, but he doubled the lead with his sixth of the season – all away from home – from 40 yards, as he saw Begovic off his line and fired a brilliant effort into the top left-hand corner with an assist from Maguire, who flicked on Pearson’s clearance.

And just after the half-way mark in the half, it was 3-0 and it was another brilliant goal as the Lilywhites moved the ball quickly with Maguire finding Johnson down the right, who played a drilled ball with pace into the back post where Patrick Bauer was sliding in to fire in off the right-hand post from six yards out on 68 minutes.

The Cherries pulled a goal back with an excellent right-footed free-kick from Junior Stanislas with 19 minutes left, curling the ball from 20 yards into the top left-hand corner; just seconds before a triple change for the home side, with the goalscorer, Lewis Cook and Diego Rico all hooked.

A controversial second came with four minutes to go as Chris Mepham looked to have handled to stop Sean Maguire going through, and the home side attacked with substitute Surridge heading home substitute Jaidon Athony’s cross from the left, making it 3-2 with minutes to go.

Brad Potts and Emil Riis replaced Tom Barkhuizen and Sean Maguire just as six minutes of injury time got underway and in the first minute, with Bauer down with an injury, Anthony fired over. Bournemouth played on despite the German being down and in pain, eventually needing to be stretchered off and being replaced by Paul Huntuington, with Tom Bayliss also on for Johnson at the same time.

It was a tense 12 minutes of stoppage time that was eventually played, with Jefferson Lerma firing over from the edge of the ‘D’ in the tenth of those minutes, but some brilliant play by Sinclair to race away and win a corner helped the Lilywhites take the points.

AFC Bournemouth line-up: Begovic, S Cook (c), Mepham, Brooks, Lerma, Solanke, Smith, L Cook (Billing, 72), Stanislas (Anthony, 71), Riquelme (Surridge, 46), Rico (Kelly, 71). Subs not used: Travers, Gosling, Ofoborh, Simpson, Kilkenny.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Browne (c), Rafferty, Pearson, Bauer (Huntington, 90), Davies, Barkhuizen (Riis, 90), Ledson, Maguire (Potts, 90), Johnson (Bayliss, 90), Sinclair. Subs not used: Ripley, Harrop, Storey, Stockley, Holland-Wilkinson.

Referee: Mr G Ward

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