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2 November 2020

Preston North End will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season on the road when they head to league leaders Reading on Wednesday night.

First Team News

Watch PNE Take On Reading Exclusively On iFollow

2 November 2020

The Royals have had an impressive start to the season, winning seven of their first nine games and only losing for the first time at Coventry City on Friday night.

The appointment of Veljko Paunovic as manager in the summer has so far proved to be a masterstroke and he has found a formula that has worked for a talented and expensively assembled squad at the Madejski Stadium.

For the Lilywhites, they have won their last three away games and will look for another three points at a venue that hasn’t always been their happiest hunting ground, but will look to continue their run away from Deepdale.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (10/46)
Date: Wednesday 4th November, kick-off 7pm
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Kit: 2020/21 third ‘green’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 24; Draws – 12; Reading - 25

Team News
Manager Alex Neil will again wait until last minute before checking on the availability of the two Ben’s, Pearson and Davies, who have missed the last four games.

Andrew Hughes, Declan Rudd and Darnell Fisher will all also need to be assessed, having all had difficulties in the weekend’s clash with Birmingham City.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic looks like he could be without Liam Moore, stating after their loss to Coventry, that the defender would see a specialist in the coming days to assess the seriousness of his injury.

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Match Officials
For Wednesday evening’s away game, we have a referee for the second time this season.

The match official for the trip to the Madejski Stadium is John Brooks, now in his third season on the Select Group Two list of referees.

The Leicestershire ref was in charge of North End’s 3-2 home win over Millwall in December 2018 and the 3-1 home victory over Stoke City in front of the Sky Sports cameras back in August 2019, as well as the New Year’s Day clash with Middlesbrough in PR1 and the first game after lockdown, at Luton Town back in June.

Last season, in the month before the pausing of the Championship, he also refereed the Lilywhites’ victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium, when Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Browne were the scorers.

So far this season he has officiated nine games issuing 24 yellow cards and no reds; he will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson – who also ran the line at Norwich when he refereed the game - whilst the fourth official will be Mark Russell.

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

Guy Clarke and former North End defender Paul Sparrow are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Madejski Stadium from 2.45pm on Wednesday evening.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil On ‘Clinical’ Royals: Preston North End manager Alex Neil feels that Reading have found a good balance this season after their impressive start to the 2020/21 season. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: We go back 16 years for our latest look back at a clash with our next opponents, as the Lilywhites headed to the Madejski Stadium in the FA Cup. Click here for the details.

Gally On Coaching Role And Reading Challenge: Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher took on a different role last week, joining manager Alex Neil and Steve Thompson in the dugout, with Frankie McAvoy isolating. Click here for Gally’s thoughts.

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Match Reports

Reading 0 Preston North End 3

4 November 2020

Preston North End maintained their fantastic away form with a fourth straight win on the road as they dismantled table-toppers Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Daniel Johnson saw a penalty saved shortly after half-time, but goals from Scott Sinclair, Emil Riis and Brad Potts gave the Lilywhites another three points in Berkshire.

The selections saw North End boss Alex Neil make six changes to his starting XI from the Birmingham game the previous Saturday, with Paul Huntington and Joe Rafferty in at the back for the injured Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes, whilst Emil Riis, Brad Potts, Ryan Ledson and Scott Sinclair replaced Jayden Stockley, Tom Barkhuizen, Paul Gallagher and Josh Harrop – who all dropped to the bench. Whilst the hosts saw just one change, with the injured Liam Moore out and Tom McIntyre in to replace him.

The Lilywhites started with a real head of steam and pressed the Royals high up the pitch and almost made early inroads with a second minute Rafferty free kick, won by Riis, cleared to Potts on the edge of the box, but his effort was dragged just wide of the left-hand post.

They were even closer from another set piece, again won by the young Danish striker, on 21 minutes, as skipper Alan Browne fired it up and over the wall from 25 yards, but also inches over the cross bar.

Reading had been restricted to very little and Declan Rudd had been a spectator for much of the half, but made two excellent saves in quick succession either side of the half hour mark.

Firstly, he made a superb one-handed stop to deny Lucas João, who got the back of his head on Sone Aluko’s left-wing cross and then the North End No.1 kept out Aluko himself, after a break down the right created him space to shoot low from 12 yards.

Three minutes into the second half and North End were awarded a penalty when Riis was dragged back by McIntyre as he drove into the box after a 40-yard run from the right wing after a good ball from Potts; referee John Brooks pointing straight to the spot.

However, the home goalkeeper and captain Rafael Cabral saved Daniel Johnson’s spot kick with his feet to keep the game goalless on the midfielder’s 250th career appearance.

As the game entered the final third, the game really started to open up and on the hour mark Brad Potts looked to have put PNE deservedly in front as Ledson’s cross from the right went right across to the back post, but again somehow Cabral got something in the way to keep it out.

And North End finally had the lead on 65 minutes as Scott Sinclair grabbed his fifth goal of the season. Some brilliant work from Rafferty, who won the ball back, battled through and middle of the pitch and found the former Celtic man with a lofted ball, who managed to stretch out a toe and finally get it past Cabral and into the goal.

And it was 2-0 just two minutes later and Riis had his first goal for the club. It was a brilliant ball from Ledson, who put the ball in behind for the Danish U21 striker to run down McIntyre, get goal side of the him and drill the ball under Cabral into the bottom left-hand corner.

And in the second minute of injury time the points were wrapped up as Riis won the ball and sent Barkhuizen away down the right-hand side, he raced away from his full back before perfectly weighting the ball into Brad Potts, who smashed into the top right corner from six yards out.

Reading line-up: Cabral (c), Esteves (Yiadom, 76), Richards, Morrison, McIntyre, Olise (Baldock, 71), Rinomhota, João, Aluko (Puscas, 68), Laurent, Semedo. Subs not used: Walker, Gibson, Tetek, Watson.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Rafferty, Ledson, Storey, Huntington, Sinclair (Barkhuizen, 76), Johnson, Riis, Browne (c), Potts. Subs not used: Ripley, Earl, Harrop, Gallagher, Stockley, Maguire.

Referee: Mr J Brooks

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