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Barnsley Match Preview

28 April 2021

A season like no other has two games to go and in terms of Deepdale, the curtain comes down on the 2020/21 campaign when Barnsley arrive on Saturday afternoon.

First Team News

Watch Our Final Home Game Live On iFollow PNE

28 April 2021

The visitors will be on a high, having secured a place in the end of season Play-Offs, but North End will too be full of confidence after last week’s win at Coventry City secured their Championship status.

They now have their sights on a positive end to the season, with a top half finish, still possible, if they can secure wins from their remaining games.

Whatever happens, hopefully this is the last game where no supporters will be inside Deepdale – and once the government confirm their return, we can see everyone return safely.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (45/46)
Date: Saturday 1st May, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Deepdale
Kit: 2020/21 home kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 24; Draws – 15; Barnsley - 20

Team News
Daniel Johnson will not return before the end of the season and he joins Patrick Bauer and Declan Rudd on the sidelines for the final run out in PR1 this season.

Otherwise, there are no further issues for interim boss Frankie McAvoy, who will be hoping to continue the run of results since his appointment into the role.

For Valérian Ismaël, he could again be without Dominik Frieser who limped off just before half-time in their penultimate fixture, a Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town, due to a hamstring injury.


Match Officials
The referee appointed to take charge of Saturday's game will be refereeing at Deepdale for the second time, but his first since way back in September, when he sent Tom Barkhuizen off against Stoke City.

Matthew Donohue will be the man with the whistle for the game, having only officiated the Lilywhites once before that Potters clash, our 4-0 Carabao Cup first round win over Bradford City last season.

This season he has taken charge of 28 games, issuing 74 cautions and six red cards, including Barky and has taken charge of three Barnsley games; wins over Watford and Blackburn at Oakwell and away at Luton.

The other members of the third team involved in Saturday's clash see Shaun Hudson and Nik Barnard as the assistants and Chris Sarginson taking fourth official responsibilities.

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

Jonathan Breeze and former PNE striker Brett Ormerod are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from Deepdale from 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Frankie To Supporters: “We Miss You” - Preston North End’s interim head coach Frankie McAvoy is hoping that Saturday is the last time the side ever plays inside Deepdale without supporters. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: We go back 13 years in our look back, when Sean St. Ledger produced a moment of magic to give North End the three points at home to Barnsley. Click here for the details of the game we have covered.

Tom Barkhuizen Looking To Set The Record Straight: Preston North End forward Tom Barkhuizen says that the players are determined to avoid an unwanted record this weekend. Click here for Tom’s thoughts.

The One And Only Issue 23: For our final matchday programme of the 2020/21 season, we speak to on loan Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg. Click here for more information.

A Foot In Both Camps: Barnsley - We have a couple of players in the Preston North End squad who have pulled on the red of Barnsley and iFollow PNE sat down with loanee centre half Liam Lindsay to discuss the game. Click here for the interview.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Barnsley 0

1 May 2021

Goals from Jordan Storey and Ched Evans gave Frankie McAvoy’s Preston North End a 2-0 victory over Barnsley in the final home game of the 2020/21 season.

Storey’s first goal at Deepdale was a poacher’s strike from one of many set pieces in the opening half, Ryan Ledson’s delivery from a corner causing havoc, for the centre half to drill home from inside the six-yard box.

Evans then doubled the lead before five minutes of the second half was gone, his fifth goal in a Lilywhites shirt, after Storey had flicked on Barkhuizen’s long throw in.

There was one change from the side that won the previous week against Coventry City at St Andrew’s, with Greg Cunningham returning at left wing back, allowing Tom Barkhuizen to move upfront alongside Ched Evans.

The Lilywhites started brightly, camped in the Tykes area in the opening five minutes, with a brace of corners and a long throw causing plenty of problems for the visitors in the first salvos of the game.

And a long ball from Iversen gave both Cunningham and Barkhuizen a chance to get behind the high Barnsley line, the former drilling a low cross from the left, that needed to be put behind for another corner, the third in the first six minutes.

But on the counter the Reds were also a threat and Conor Chaplin should have done better on nine minutes, after a break that saw Cauley Woodrow find the No.11 with a ball from the left-side of the area, his effort though sliced well wide of Daniel Iversen’s right post.

Yet another corner, this time a deep one from Ledson on the left, found both Andrew Hughes and Jordan Storey in space, but the latter’s header down was narrowly wide.

A big chance came on 28 minutes, as a Barkhuizen long throw from the left was headed up in the air and Sepp van den Berg reacted quickest to be in behind at a very tight angle, poking the ball on target, but Brad Collins made a fine save and then punched clear the team’s fifth corner of the half.

Finally, a goal came from the sixth corner of the day. Ledson’s ball in from the left was flicked on by Liam Lindsay, it came off the back of Ched Evans and Lindsay and Storey both pounced on the loose ball, with the No.14 the first to get a toe on it, firing hard and low past Collins with predatory instinct for his first of the season, with six minutes to go until half-time.

It was no more than they deserved at that point, having dominated the opening 40 minutes of the game.

Valerian Ismael made a triple change at the interval with Tony Sibbick, Carlton Morris and Jasper Moon on for Chaplin, Michael Solbauer and Romal Palmer as his Play-Off-qualified side looked to reverse the half-time deficit.

But it was North End who doubled their lead within five minutes of the interval. It was another set piece as Barkhuizen’s long throw from the left was flicked on by Storey and another finish inside the six-yard box by Evans, with his left foot, getting in front of Michal Helik, gave PNE the two-goal cushion their dominance deserved.

The visitors’ best spell came mid-way through the second half and Mads Andersen headed over a left-wing corner from skipper Alex Mowatt on 68 minutes, in a rare foray into the North End final third.

Their gung-ho approach threw men into the box and an effort from Andersen was superbly blocked by Cunningham to deny a goal being pulled back on 72 minutes, before a brace Mowatt corners from the right, Ledson scrambling away the second, before Iversen claimed the ball as it was delivered back into the penalty area.

Iversen again showed his shot-stopping prowess to made a great save to deny substitute Jasper Moon a goal back with five minutes left, a free kick on the left from Mowatt delivered right into the mixer, but the on loan Leicester City man was doing his best to try and deliver a fifth clean sheets in seven games and the ninth since his arrival in January.

A glorious chance to finish the game came with three minutes left as Evans got in behind the defence, closing down on Collins; he unselfishly pulled the ball back for sub Brad Potts – against his former club – but the No.44 couldn’t collect the ball and shoot and Barnsley were able to clear, but the four minutes of added time ran out as PNE ended their home campaign with another positive result.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Cunningham, Ledson, Whiteman (Potts, 82), Browne (c), Evans (Bayliss, 90), Barkhuizen (Riis, 70). Subs not used: Hudson, Molumby, Huntington, Maguire, Sinclair, Gordon.

Barnsley line-up: Collins, Styles (Williams, 84), Andersen, Brittain, Woodrow (Odeboyejo, 64), Dike, Chaplin (Morris, 46), Palmer (Moon, 46), Solbauer (Sibbick, 46), Mowatt (c), Helik. Subs not used: Walton, Oduor, Halme, Thompson.

Referee: Mr M Donohue

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