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Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth (A)

2 November 2021

PNE head to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening to face the Championship's unbeaten league leaders AFC Bournemouth.

Match Information
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Date: Wednesday 3rd November, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 16/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale from the ticket office until 10am on Wednesday morning, with full details regarding pricing and travel here.

Uncollected tickets can be picked up on the night from the Vitality Stadium from the main ticket office, but there will be no away sales there on the day of the game.

For those not making the journey, the game will be available to be watch live on iFollow PNE from around the world for a £10 match pass. Subscribe here.

PNE Team News

Frankie McAvoy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he will have the same squad available to him as he did at the weekend.

Ched Evans is back running on grass, but this and the following game against Nottingham Forest will come too soon for his return, and Josh Murphy is also out with an ankle injury.

Matthew Olosunde is also set to miss out, with long-term absentees Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham also sidelined.

The Opposition


After being beaten in the Play-Off semi-finals last season, AFC Bournemouth look well on track to return to the Premier League this term.

Scott Parker, the man who earned Fulham promotion in the 2019/20 campaign, has taken over the Cherries and immediately found success.

They’re yet to be beaten so far in the Championship, with their only defeat in all competitions being a heavy one, losing 6-0 to Norwich City in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Key Stats

The Cherries’ stats for the season really just speak for themselves, with 11 victories from their 15 games, scoring 26 goals in that time while conceding just eight at the other end.

With 37 points from a possible 15, they are averaging almost 2.5 points per game – a quite remarkable ratio.

North End have had a good record against their hosts on Wednesday in recent years, though, going six unbeaten, with the last defeat coming in League One in 2012.

Our Last Meeting

PNE went to the Vitality Stadium in December last year and earned a brilliant 3-2 victory over second-placed AFC Bournemouth.

North End went three ahead after 68 minutes, with one of those strikes being the club's goal of the season as Scott Sinclair lobbed the ‘keeper from 40 yards.

The Cherries threatened a comeback with two late goals, but PNE held on for the three points.

Man In The Middle


David Webb, who has been an EFL referee since 2008, will take charge of this fixture.

North End have good recent memories playing with Webb in charge, with the last game he oversaw being the 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in February.

Webb has been the main official in 13 games so far this term, showing 54 yellow cards and one red in that period.

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Match Reports

Match Report: AFC Bournemouth 1 PNE 2

3 November 2021

A goal from Ben Whiteman and Ali McCann’s first strike in Preston North End colours handed Scott Parker’s AFC Bournemouth their first league defeat of the season, with North End winning 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

After a cagey first half, Whiteman fired into the top corner after Tom Barkhuizen’s cross, but within six minutes the Cherries were level, when Philip Billing’s effort took a deflection off the outstanding Patrick Bauer. 

But a superb run from Emil Riis down the left-hand side saw him pull the ball back for McCann to sweep home with 12 minutes to go to put the Lilywhites back in front; and a world-class stop from Daniel Iversen in the closing stages saw the visitors take the three points.

It was a completely unchanged 18 for Frankie McAvoy’s men from the side that had beaten Luton Town the previous weekend when the team sheet was handed in, but an injury to Declan Rudd in the warm-up saw him replaced on the bench by Mathew Hudson.

The first half an hour was a pretty tight affair, with the only opportunity going the way of the home side; a 13th minute foul by Sepp van den Berg on Dominic Solanke, 20 yards out, ten yards to the left of the ‘D’ leading to a free-kick that Billing took, up and over the wall, but wide of the right-hand post, not troubling Iversen.

But in the last third of the opening period North End grew into the game and their first chance came when Barkhuizen broke and sprinted away from former North Ender Ben Pearson down the right, cut inside, but couldn’t drag his shot enough across to test Mark Travers.

Shortly afterwards, good play saw Sean Maguire rob Pearson in the middle of the park and he found Barkhuizen. The ball went onvto McCann, who reversed the ball back to Barkhuizen to whip over a cross, Gary Cahill conceding a corner, with Riis waiting to finish.

From the resulting cross from Whiteman, home skipper Lloyd Kelly made a vital block from a Josh Earl shot as the ball ricocheted around in the box, before it was eventually booted clear by Jefferson Lerma.

But the game came to life after the interval and PNE had the lead seven minutes into the second half. Maguire held up the ball and found Barkhuizen out on the right; he got his head up and delivered a superb low ball into the penalty area that McCann flicked into the path of Whiteman, who drilled a shot from 12 yards into the top right-hand corner of the goal, giving Travers no chance.

However, the home side were level on the hour mark. Having been lucky moments earlier not to be down to ten men after Jefferson Lerma’s horrible tackle on Ali McCann, the ball fell for Billing in the box and he shot goalwards, a deflection off Bauer taking it into the bottom left-hand corner.

After such a tight first half, the second was very open following the goals, and Chris Mepham was a surprise shooter on 74 minutes, his effort from 25 yards needing a helping hand around the post by Iversen, before Brad Potts and Greg Cunningham were brought on for Maguire and Earl.

But on 78 minutes the visiting side were back in front. It was brilliant play from Riis, who raced down the left and got away from Jack Stacey, holding him off, before pulling the ball back to McCann, 12 yards out, who swept the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, much to the delight of over 300 fans who had made the long trip down.

And they then had a brilliant double-chance to make it three, as Cunningham sent Riis down the left; he left Gary Cahill for dead, and was one-on-one with Travers, but the Cherries stopper made a fine save, with the ball coming back out to Potts, who dragged his left-footed shot just wide of the right-hand upright from 20 yards.

Iversen didn't have all that much to do in the final 20 minutes, until the 85th minute mark and he produced an incredible double save, as Jack Stacey fired in a low shot from 20 yards that the Dane got down low to stop, but it was his reaction to get up and somehow get something on the follow up from Jamal Lowe that was world-class from the custodian and kept his side ahead.

Despite late pressure, the PNE team defended brilliantly to take their first league victory on the road in 2021/22.

AFC Bournemouth line-up: Travers, Kelly (c), Mepham (Rogers, 77), Lerma, Solanke, Christie (Marcondes, 84), Stacey, Lowe, Pearson (Anthony, 66), Cahill, Billing. Subs not used: Dennis, Cook, Brady, Kilkenny.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes, Barkhuizen, McCann (Johnson, 89), Whiteman, Earl (Cunningham, 75), Browne (c), Maguire (Potts, 75), Riis. Subs not used: Hudson, Storey, Ledson, Sinclair.

Attendance: 8,578 (307 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr D Webb

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Ticket News

AFC Bournemouth Tickets On Sale

31 October 2021

Tickets for our away trip to AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday 3rd November are now on sale.

PNE have been given an allocation of 1,318 tickets for the 7.45pm kick-off, and supporters can purchase from the Deepdale ticket office, online at or over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Tickets will go off sale from Deepdale at 10am on Wednesday morning, and AFC Bournemouth have confirmed there will be no sales on the night of the game, but collections can be made from their main ticket office on Wednesday.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults £30

Over 65s £17

U21s £17

Junior season ticket holders (U16s) £7*

There are also 11 pairs of tickets available for supporters in a wheelchair. Wheelchair users can purchase their tickets for £5, while accompanying carers will gain entry free of charge.

Full-time students of any age can purchase tickets for £17, but please ensure you have proof of student identification at the turnstiles in Bournemouth.

Please note, all supporters under the age of 13 must be accompanied at all times inside the stadium.

Coach travel is also available for this fixture, with coaches leaving both Deepdale and Leyland at 12pm for £25 per person.

*Please note, this category can only be purchased in person at the ticket office or over the telephone.

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