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Bristol City Match Preview

14 January 2021

It may only be four weeks since we faced Bristol City in an EFL Championship encounter, but it’s been a busy period since for both teams.

First Team News

Watch PNE Take On Bristol City On iFollow PNE

14 January 2021

Dean Holden’s Robins go into the game on the back of an FA Cup success at home to Portsmouth on Sunday, but their rescheduled clash with Brentford on Wednesday night was called off for a second time due to Covid in the Bees camp.

North End, meanwhile, have also had a week without an evening game, giving them time to get the new faces acclimatised, with Ched Evans and Daniel Iversen both available for selection, along with midweek recruit Ben Whiteman.

Manager Alex Neil will have his staff back alongside him too, after a number of them isolating when they travelled to Adam Park in the Cup last weekend, but subsequently testing negative for Covid.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (24/46)
Date: Saturday 16th January, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium
Kit: 2020/21 blue ‘away’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 34; Draws – 32; Bristol City wins - 26

Team News
Manager Alex Neil will be able to call upon Ched Evans, who was cup tied for last week’s trip to Wycombe and he will also have Daniel Iversen available; the Danish international not involved at Adams Park, having only had one session with the squad.

Ben Whiteman will also be available after completing his permanent transfer from Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday and receiving clearance from the EFL and FA to allow him to join up with his new team-mates.

Daniel Johnson, Ben Davies and Ben Pearson will all be assessed, but Tom Barkhuizen is back after missing the third round tie due to isolating, after a close contact tested positive for Covid-19.

Declan Rudd underwent surgery earlier this week and he joins fellow long-term absentees, Patrick Bauer (Achilles), Billy Bodin (knee) and Louis Moult (ACL) on the sidelines.

For Dean Holden, he welcomed Alfie Mawson back last weekend, but is without Jamie Paterson, Liam Walsh and Joe Williams at present.

No midweek game may allow the Robins to also have back Nathan Baker, plus Kasey Palmer – who was back off loan with Swansea City should be clear after testing positive for Covid-19, whilst defender Jack Hunt may also return.


Match Officials
Saturday’s game sees Dean Whitestone appointed as match official, his third PNE game this season – all away from home - having taken charge of the 4-2 away win at Brentford back in October and December’s trip to Barnsley.

He refereed four North End games in 2019/20, including the home game with QPR and our home win over Charlton Athletic in late January.

The Northamptonshire official has refereed PNE games on 15 previous occasions, the first of which was at Bramall Lane back in October 2008.

He has officiated 16 games so far this campaign, issuing 23 cautions and no red cards – including Bristol City’s goalless draw with Watford back in November.

Two of the stand-out PNE games he has been in charge of, were a previous 3-0 victory at Barnsley in August 2009, and a 3-1 triumph on the road at Doncaster in October 2012.

The rest of Tuesday's official will be made up of assistant referees Adam Crysell and Mark Pottage, whilst the fourth official will be Martin Woods.

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

Guy Clarke and former PNE and Robins man Rob Edwards will be on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Ashton Gate Stadium from approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil: “There Is More To Come From Us”: As the second half of the season gets underway, Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that he is relatively pleased with the position the team find themselves in, all things considered. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: For our look back to a previous encounter with our next opponent, we go back five years to the same week in January 2016, when a former player came back to haunt the Robins on a cold night at Ashton Gate. Click here for the details.

Tom Barkhuizen – Back And Focused On Bristol: Preston North End forward Tom Barkhuizen had to spend ten days in isolation last week, after a close contact tested positive for Covid-19. Click here for Tom’s thoughts.

A Foot In Both Camps: This weekend’s iFollow PNE commentary team will include a player who represented both clubs with distinction, in former Welsh international Rob Edwards. Click here for the interview.

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Match Reports

Bristol City 2 Preston North End 0

16 January 2021

A goal in either half from Famara Diedhiou and Zak Vyner gave Bristol City the points at Ashton Gate.

Diedhiou headed home a corner after only eight minutes and Vyner sealed the points for the hosts with 13 minutes left with a sliced effort from 15 yards out.

Manager Alex Neil handed debuts to Daniel Iversen in goal and also to Ben Whiteman, alongside skipper Alan Browne in the centre of midfield.

However, the hosts started the brighter of the two sides in the opening half. Kasey Palmer, who had just returned from a loan at Swansea City, as well as a period of isolation, fired an effort just over the top right corner of post and bar from 25 yards.

But his side were ahead on eight minutes when the third of a trio of corners in quick succession was curled into an area eight yards out, in a central position, by Tommy Rowe and striker Diedhiou rose highest to head into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal, giving Iversen no chance.

The loanee ’keeper did well just after the half’s midpoint to keep it at 1-0, pushing another effort from Diedhiou over the bar, the forward shooting from the left corner of the penalty area, after checking inside past Darnell Fisher.

But as the half wore on, PNE came into the game and had a good chance to draw level. With nine minutes to go in the opening period, after some patient build-up play, eventually Sean Maguire found Tom Barkhuizen out on the right.

The winger who fizzed the ball in that found Scott Sinclair 12 yards out, but his shot was straight down the throat of Daniel Bentley in the Robins’ goal with his left foot, after a clever flick into his path by Browne.

The Lilywhites were on top at the start of the second half, playing in the City half, with a lot of intent high up the pitch and Browne’s superb ball from the left touchline in behind the home side backline almost found the run of Barkhuizen, inches away from creating a good opportunity to level up.

Daniel Johnson then forced a block by home captain Tomas Kalas, before Maguire saw an effort put behind by Alfie Mawson. From the resulting corner Whiteman found Paul Huntington 15 yards out, his header beating Bentley and the man on the line, but it came off the cross bar and behind.

The pressure continued to come from the Blues; Maguire and Fisher both seeing shots blocked before Johnson and Barkhuizen were replaced by a third debutant Ched Evans and Brad Potts at the half’s mid-point.

A rare foray forward saw the hosts test Iversen when Han Noah Massengo, on for Palmer, shooting from 20 yards, but the Leicester City man made a fine stop to keep it out on 76 minutes, but from the recycled corner the home side made it 2-0.

Rowe’s left-wing cross was initially cleared by Andrew Hughes, but put back into the penalty area by Jack Hunt, Hughes again heading it away, but on the volley Vyner sliced the ball with his left foot into the bottom left corner of Iversen’s goal on 77 minutes.

North End continued to press, Browne firing a right-footed effort just wide from Hughes’ cross from the left-hand side in the closing minutes, before Jayson Molumby, on for Maguire, drilled a low ball across that almost found SInclair, however, a goal did not come and the home side took the three points.

Bristol City line-up: Bentley, Hunt, Nagy, Mawson, Martin, Diedhiou (Wells, 79), Kalas (c), Rowe, Vyner, Adelakun (Bakinson, 86), Palmer (Massengo, 70). Subs not used: O’Leary, Mariappa, Moore, Morton, Bell, Edwards.

PNE line-up: Iversen, Fisher (Ledson, 86), Hughes, Whiteman (Riis, 78), Huntington, Davies, Barkhuizen (Potts, 67), Browne (c), Maguire (Molumby, 78), Johnson (Evans, 67), Sinclair. Subs not used: Ripley, Earl, Gallagher, Rafferty, Ledson.

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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