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AFC Bournemouth Match Preview

4 March 2021

Since our December victory over AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium there have been changes at both clubs.

First Team News

Watch PNE vs AFC Bournemouth On iFollow PNE

4 March 2021

For the Cherries, it has been a change of manager, with Jonathan Woodgate replacing Jason Tindall in the top job. Whilst for the Lilywhites it has been a turnover of players, with only Scott Sinclair starting the game at Millwall on Tuesday night who started – and scored – in the win at Bournemouth!

One of those changes, of course, saw Ben Pearson move from PNE down to the south coast club and he is set for his first return this weekend, having become a regular in the heart of Woodgate’s midfield in recent games.

The weekend’s visitors have not played a league game at Deepdale since February 2013, the first game after Graham Westley departed the club; John Dreyer leading the Lilywhites to a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Stuart Beavon and Bailey Wright. The current team will be looking for more of the same this weekend.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (35/46)
Date: Saturday 6th March, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Deepdale
Kit: 2020/21 home kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 11; Draws – 6; AFC Bournemouth - 12

Team News
Manager Alex Neil was without players for Tuesday’s trip to Millwall, skipper Alan Browne the latest addition to an extensive injury list.

He will hope to have some of those back and available for Saturday’s visit of the Cherries, with only Declan Rudd, Patrick Bauer and Louis Moult long-term absent from the squad.

Forward Sam Surridge is Jonathan Woodgate’s only injury concern, the young striker having a swollen toe that kept him out of Wednesday night’s win over Bristol City.

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Match Officials
Australian referee Jarred Gillett – who was the fourth official at Deepdale last week - will take charge of his fourth Preston North End game for Saturday’s match.

The Aussie joined the EFL lists in 2018/19, after taking up an educational position in Liverpool, but he has been a top-class official in his home country’s A League for many years.

He took charge of his first Championship game at the end of that season and joined the Select Group Two list in 2019/20. This season he has officiated 22 games, issuing 73 yellow and two red cards – three of those games have involved Bournemouth, with two wins at St Andrews against Coventry and Birmingham and a defeat at Brentford. Whilst he also refereed our game at Watford in November.

His first trip to Deepdale was over the last Christmas period when he took charge of our last game of 2019, against Reading, as well as the club’s 5,000th league game against Derby County back in July.

Jarred will be assisted by Philip Dermott and Nik Barnard, with experienced Championship official Jeremy Simpson acting as the fourth official.

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

Jonathan Breeze and former North End defender Michael Jackson are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from Deepdale from approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil: “The Challenge Is Very Different” - Preston North End manager Alex Neil believes the contrast between Saturday’s visitors AFC Bournemouth and Tuesday’s trip to Millwall is a prime example of the dichotomy of the Championship. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: Back in February 2013 the Cherries last visited Deepdale for a league encounter and it was a big day at Deepdale, as John Dreyer made the perfect start to his time as the Lilywhites’ caretaker manager as they beat leaders Bournemouth to earn their first win in eight matches. Click here for the details.

Ben Whiteman On Cherries Challenge: Preston North End midfielder Ben Whiteman is looking forward to testing himself against AFC Bournemouth this weekend. Click here for Ben’s thoughts.

The One And Only Issue 18: This weekend’s 18th match programme of the season sees recent returnee Greg Cunningham on the cover of the 84-page edition, on sale now. Click here for more information and to order your copy.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 AFC Bournemouth 1

6 March 2021

A second half goal from Daniel Johnson gave the Lilywhites a deserved point against Jonathan Woodgate’s Bournemouth.

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The Cherries took the lead late in the first half, when Arnaut Danjuma fired home from Dominic Solanke’s pass, but Johnson curled home an equaliser with 20 minutes left.

It was a game of two halves, with the visitors forcing a number of fine saves from Daniel Iversen in the opening period, but North End the dominant force in the second 45 minutes.

The team saw four changes, with Andrew Hughes missing with a shoulder problem, resulting in a recall for Paul Huntington, whilst Johnson, Tom Barkhuizen and the returning captain Alan Browne replaced Brad Potts, Anthony Gordon and Jayson Molumby in the starting XI.

The first of the fine stops from PNE's Danish international loanee goalkeeper came after ten minutes, when the ball was pulled back to Lloyd Kelly to have a free shot at goal from 15 yards out, but the big stopper got quickly down to his right to keep the ball out of the bottom corner.

With 26 minutes gone Jefferson Lerma found space to fire in a shot from the left-hand corner of penalty area, but a two-handed stop from the No.22 kept it out and five minutes later he was needed again, this time to deny Danjuma at the near post after a run down the left.

But with eight minutes to go until half-time, the visitors took the lead when Solanke took the ball in a 50/50 aerial challenge, before playing a slide-rule pass for the run of Danjuma, who fired into the top right-hand corner from 12 yards.

This was practically the last chance of the game for the south coast side, as even before half-time it was PNE who had an opportunity to draw level, Barkhuizen breaking down the right, fed by Ched Evans, and the winger put a great ball across for the front man’s continuing run and then Browne at the back post couldn’t quite connect properly with a left-foot effort.

The second half was one-way traffic. It started with an early chance when Jordan Storey fired a half-volley just over the bar after a Ben Whiteman free kick from the right was eventually headed down by Evans.

On the our mark a long ball from Whiteman was flicked on by Evans and Barkhuizen raced onto it, but saw his shot blocked by Cameron Carter-Vickers, before seconds later another long ball to Evans in the right corner of the box was well-controlled, but his shot was deflected over the bar by Kelly. From the resulting corner Huntington’s header was cleared off the line by Lerma.

But the equaliser deservedly came on 71 minutes. A Browne ball from his own half in behind, saw Evans put pressure on the Bournemouth skipper Steve Cook, who made a poor clearance, which was collected by Johnson, who drove forward and curled into the bottom left corner from 20 yards out for his fifth goal of the season.

Sean Maguire had just returned from a month out, along with the introduction of Anthony Gordon for the final 25 minutes and good play between Johnson, Maguire and Sepp van den Berg down the right, saw the ball worked for the latter to get away a shot, which was blocked for a corner by Lerma.

The last real chance of the game came with seven minutes left, as Whiteman saw a shot from the left-hand corner of area tipped over the bar by Asmir Begovic after the same man’s corner had caused havoc in the penalty area, but in the end both sides ended with a point.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Cunningham, Whiteman, Storey, Huntington, Sinclair (Gordon, 66), Browne (c), Evans, Johnson (Potts, 84), Barkhuizen (Maguire, 66). Subs not used: Ripley, Bayliss, Gallagher, Rafferty, Riis, Molumby.

AFC Bournemouth line-up: Begovic, S Cook (c), Kelly, Lerma, Solanke, Danjuma, Smith L Cook (Long, 75), Carter-Vickers, Stanislas (Wilshere, 83), Pearson. Subs not used: Travers, Mepham, Stacey, Riquelme, Kilkenny, Anthony, Zemura.

Referee: Mr J Gillett

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