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Wycombe Wanderers Match Preview

11 March 2021

Preston North End head to Adams Park for a league game for the first time in a decade this weekend, looking for another valuable three points.

First Team News

Watch PNE Take On Wycombe Live On iFollow PNE

11 March 2021

The two sides meet in Buckinghamshire in the Emirates FA Cup back in January, with former North End winger Gareth Ainsworth’s side coming out on top in a third round tie.

The reverse fixture at Deepdale back in December was a 2-2 draw, but this time around the Lilywhites will be trying to add another three points to their tally.

With a free week for Alex Neil and his team and a chance to get some rest and a couple days out on the training pitches, he will hope to have a fresh squad.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (36/46)
Date: Saturday 13th March, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Adams Park
Kit: 2020/21 green ‘third’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 9; Draws – 5; Wycombe Wanderers - 3

Team News
Alex Neil’s injury list eased slightly last weekend with Sean Maguire, Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher returning, however, he was without Andrew Hughes with a shoulder injury.

The Welshman joined Ryan Ledson and Liam Lindsay, also need to be assessed, whilst Louis Moult, Billy Bodin, Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer remain on the sidelines.

Jordan Obita could return for Gareth Ainsworth, with Ryan Alssop having been back on the bench for Tuesday night’s defeat at another of the Wycombe manager’s former clubs, Queens Park Rangers.

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Match Officials
It was just after New Year, when Forest visited Deepdale the last time Saturday’s match official, Tim Robinson, took charge of the Lilywhites.

Before that, back in 2019, he took charge of our trip to Derby County and his last game in PR1 was the goalless draw at home to Forest in February that same year.

Prior to that, we saw the referee in December 2017. That game, a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United, saw Robinson as the man with the whistle at a PNE game, for the second time in three weeks.

Tim, from West Sussex, in his ninth year on the EFL list and was the match official for the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road in November that same season. Before that, he last took charge of North End in his first trip to Deepdale, when we overcame Birmingham City 2-1 back in March of the previous season.

That was his fourth game overall in charge of the Lilywhites, the others all being away trips; Brentford, Ipswich and a 2-0 victory at Coventry City when Joe Garner and then club captain Tom Clarke were on the scoresheet.

This will be his 31st game of the season, his last being Tranmere’s 2-0 win at Southend United on Tuesday night. This season he has issued 89 cautions and five red cards in those previous 30 games.

This is his first Wycombe game of the season and his assistants on Saturday afternoon will be Nigel Lugg and Andrew Fox, whilst the fourth official is Alan Young.

Match Coverage
North End fans in the UK and Ireland 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 Paul Sparrow are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from Adams Park from approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil On Wycombe Wanderers Challenge: Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that his side will know what to expect when they take on Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys at Adams Park on Saturday. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: It is also ten years since this remarkable game between the Lilywhites at Chairboys under the floodlights at Adam Park. Click here for the details.

Sean Maguire Wants To Right The Wrongs Of Cup Tie: Preston North End striker Sean Maguire returned from injury in last weekend’s draw at home to AFC Bournemouth. Click here for Sean’s thoughts.

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Match Reports

Wycombe Wanderers 1 Preston North End 0

13 March 2021

A first half header from Ryan Tafazolli gave Wycombe Wanderers the points at Adams Park.

The set piece effort gave the home side the victory despite North End dominating the second half.

Greg Cunningham was missing through a injury, but Andrew Hughes returned as a direct replacement and Sean Maguire came into the side for Tom Barkhuizen for the Lilywhites.

The home side, direct and physical in their approach, looked to play forward directly as much as possible and win set pieces, and North End required their on-loan Danish goalkeeper Daniel Iversen to keep them out in the opening half.

On four minutes, the Leicester City loanee tipped over a Tafazolli header at the back post, from a corner by Wycombe skipper Joe Jacobson’s inswinging corner from the right.

And again he did well in goal to save from Uche Ikpeazu, who had got in behind from a header over the top.

But moments later Gareth Ainsworth’s men went ahead with another Jacobson corner, this time from the left, fizzed over to the back post to Tafazolli, who got up and headed back across goal into the top left-hand corner.

The stopper was required again before half-time to deny Garath McCleary, who cut in from the left and fired hard and low towards the bottom left corner from 20 yards, until a strong hand from the big Dane.

North End were being forced to match their opponents in their approach, with Ched Evans having to battle against Tafazolli at the back and just before half-time the forward was livid not to have won a penalty, when Ben Whiteman’s corner from the right was headed back across goal by Hughes. The Welshman looked to latch onto it as he appeared to be pulled back, referee Tim Robinson seeing nothing wrong.

A triple change at the break saw Paul Gallagher, Brad Potts and Tom Barkhuizen on for Whiteman, Daniel Johnson and Scott Sinclair for the green-clad Lilywhites.

It was a very different game in the second half, with North End having much more of the possession and territory, with Evans the focal point and Gallagher getting on the ball with regularity, while the pace of Barkhuizen was also a threat down the right.

Anthony Gordon replaced Maguire just after the hour mark to add a further attacking option for North End.

And on 71 minutes, two of the changes, Gordon and Potts, combined with Hughes to create a chance for Potts 15 yards out in the left-hand corner of the box, the midfielder firing hard and low, but into the side-netting.

Shortly after, a Gallagher free-kick from the left caused plenty of problems in the home side’s penalty area; Potts winning the bouncing ball, but Gordon was unable to get a shot away under pressure.

A final change saw Emil Riis on for Sepp van den Berg, with a switch to a 3-4-3 formation and a concerted effort get something from the game.

Gordon’s quick feet brought a fine save from David Stockdale as he drove down the left and got a low shot away from the left corner of the six-yard box, the Wanderers stopper blocking the effort with his legs.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, back-to-back corners came for Gallagher from either side and both caused problems, but without forcing an equaliser.

In the final minute of normal time, a long ball forward by Barkhuizen was headed up in the air by Josh Knight, but it fell for Potts to hit on the volley and his effort was just past the right-hand post.

Even in the last minute of stoppage time, a Barkhuizen long throw into the box caused all sorts of problems, but PNE were not able to grab the goal their second half efforts deserved.

Wycombe Wanderers line-up: Stockdale, Jacobson (c), Gape (Ofoborh, 77), Tafazolli, Ikpeazu (Muskwe, 86), Knight, Horgan, Thompson, McCleary (Grimmer, 86), McCarthy, Mehmeti. Subs not used: Allsop, Stewart, Kashket, Akinfenwa, Onyedinma, Samuel.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg (Riis, 76), Hughes, Whiteman (Gallagher, 46), Huntington, Storey, Maguire (Gordon, 63), Browne (c), Evans, Johnson (Potts, 46), Sinclair (Barkhuizen, 46). Subs not used: Ripley, Lindsay, Rafferty, Riis, Molumby.

Referee: Mr T Robinson.

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