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Match Previews

Match Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

22 November 2021

Preston North End are back on the road on Tuesday evening as they make the trip to Teesside to face Middlesbrough.

Match Information
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Date: Tuesday 23rd November, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 19/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture are no longer available online from MyPNE.Com, while sales will continue in person and over the phone from the ticket office on 0344 856 1966 until 2pm.

Middlesbrough have also confirmed they will be selling cash-only tickets on the night of the game from the visitor ticket office. Find full ticket details here.

Match Coverage

If you’re not making the journey to Teesside, then you can still watch all the action live on iFollow PNE worldwide, with a £10 match pass! Subscribe here.

We will also have our usual coverage across our social media channels, with live updates also provided on our match centre right here on PNE.Com.

PNE Team News

In his pre-match interview with iFollow PNE, head coach Frankie McAvoy said he was “very hopeful” to have Ched Evans involved at some stage on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, defender Matthew Olosunde has had an extra couple of days in full training since the weekend’s game as he looks to push his way into contention after returning to fitness.

Ben Whiteman will be back available for selection after serving a suspension against Cardiff, while Josh Murphy, Connor Wickham and Izzy Brown remain sidelined.

The Opposition

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There’s been a change in the dugout at Middlesbrough recently, with Neil Warnock having left his post before the international break, and in his place came Chris Wilder.

Wilder has been out of a job since March earlier this year, when his time at Sheffield United came to an end, after a successful period with the Blades which saw them promoted to the Premier League before then sealing a ninth-placed finish.

He’s now in charge of a Boro side sat 14th in the table, and they come in to this fixture after drawing their last two.

Key Stats

Middlesbrough have spread their 20 league goals throughout their squad so far this term, with 11 different players getting on the scoresheet.

Top of the charts so far this campaign is Matt Crooks – a summer signing from Rotherham who has four goals to his name – and he has history against North End, scoring an 86th-minute winner for the Millers against PNE in November 2020.

Boro have the worst disciplinary record out of any Championship side heading into Tuesday night, having received 43 yellow cards and two reds so far this term.

Our Last Meeting

PNE were beaten 2-0 by Middlesbrough in March in a game which saw both Alan Browne and manager at the time, Alex Neil, shown red cards.

Soon after Sepp van den Berg struck the bar with a ferocious effort, Jordan Storey put into the back of his own net and Marcus Tavernier sealed the points for his side in the second half.

Man In The Middle

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Experienced EFL official Andy Woolmer will take charge of this fixture, assisted by Michael George, Mark Dwyer and Andrew Kitchen.

Woolmer himself last refereed a PNE game at the end of last season, as an Alan Browne penalty was enough to earn North End all three points away to Coventry City.

The Lilywhites tend to do well with Woolmer in the middle, having gone eight unbeaten when he has been in charge.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Middlesbrough 1 PNE 2

23 November 2021

Goals from Ched Evans on his return from injury and Emil Riis gave North End a comeback victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Paddy McNair had headed the home side into a half-time lead, but substitute Evans’ header from Ben Whiteman’s corner and then Riis’ blistering left-footer gave Frankie McAvoy’s men all three points in the north east.

After a positive start for North End, played on the front foot and dominating the ball early on, skipper Alan Browne flashed a ball across the six-yard box from the left.

The home side came into the game and PNE required a Josh Earl header to prevent an effort from Matt Crooks from 20 yards hitting the target, the deflection taking it wide for a corner.

On 23 minutes came the first of two massive shouts for a North End penalty, as Riis went racing through, past three men, leaving Sol Bamba in his wake, but was pushed to the floor by Marcus Tavernier; Andy Woolmer though was quick to wave away the strong claims for a spot kick.

Ten minutes later the hosts went ahead. A corner on the left by Boro skipper Jonny Howson was met powerfully by McNair eight yards out, the ball flying in off the top left corner of the bar.

Five minutes before half-time came the second of those big moments for the visitors and another huge shout for a penalty. This one looked a stonewall shout as Earl danced inside Bamba into the penalty area and completely wrong-footed him, taking the ball away from the former Cardiff man, before having his legs taken from under him, but again appeals were waved away.

In the final moments of the half, a top-drawer save from Daniel Iversen kept things at 1-0 going into the interval, as he tipped a 20-yard effort from Duncan Watmore over the bar for a corner.

Five minutes into the second half and the home side were very close to a second as Lee Peltier went on an overlap on the left, took the ball from Marc Bola, checked inside and fired a vicious drive that came back off the underside of the crossbar and eventually away to safety, following a clearance by Earl.

Evans made his return to the side for Maguire eight minutes into the second period, joining Riis in attack, but it was McNair who had the next effort on target, with a free-kick on 64 minutes – inside the ‘D’ – that Iversen got two hands to, to deny the international’s effort, before the Dane also denied on-loan Norwich man Onel Hernandez, who had come on at the same time as Evans.

North End had a good spell of pressure at the half’s mid-point, culminating in Tom Barkhuizen’s effort coming off the head of Crooks and behind for a corner, the team’s first of the night. A double change followed, with Scott Sinclair and Daniel Johnson entering the action for Barkhuizen and McCann.

This meant a change in formation for North End, in an attempt to get back into the game and the change brought chances, as firstly Evans sent van den Berg down the right, finding Riis, who drilled the ball across, only for it to be cut out for a corner.

And from that corner came the equaliser. A deep cross from Ben Whiteman found Evans 15 yards out and he rose highest and powered a header over everyone into the top right-hand corner of the goal to make it 1-1 with 12 minutes left.

And the game was turned on its head four minutes later. Johnson went down the right and tried to find Sinclair, but the ball made its way to Bamba, who tried to clear, but hit McNair’s heel and the ball fell to Riis on the left of the box. He checked back inside and drilled a vicious left-footed effort into the top corner of the goal, giving Luke Daniels no chance, his 12th goal of the season.

Four minutes of time were added on by the match officials, which was played entirely in the Middlesbrough half as the Lilywhites managed it superbly, winning a host of corners and free-kicks to run the time down to secure the three points on Teesside.

Middlesbrough line-up: Daniels, Tavernier, Sporar, Peltier (Ikpeazu, 83), Howson (c), McNair, Watmore (Hernandez, 53), Bamba, Crooks, Bola, Jones. Subs not used: Stojanovic, Dijksteel, Taylor, Lea Siliki, Coburn.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes, Barkhuizen (Sinclair, 72), McCann (Johnson, 72), Whiteman, Earl, Browne (c), Maguire (Evans, 53), Riis. Subs not used: Hudson, Cunningham, Lindsay, Ledson.

Attendance: TBC (405 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr A Woolmer

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Ticket News

Middlesbrough Tickets Remain On Sale

22 November 2021

Tickets for our away trip to Middlesbrough on Tuesday 23rd November (7.45pm kick-off) remain on sale.

Frankie McAvoy will take his team to the Riverside to face Chris Wilder's Boro, and the club have been given an allocation of 770 tickets for this fixture.

Tickets will go off sale from MyPNE.Com at 12pm on Tuesday, with sales continuing until 2pm from the Deepdale ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Middlesbrough will also be selling on the night of the game, with tickets available cash-only from the visitor ticket office, where supporters can also collect.

Ticket prices:

Adults £30

Over 65s £22

U18s £17

There are 12 pairs of tickets available for supporters in a wheelchair, with pricing in accordance to the relevant age category, while a carer ticket will be provided free of charge.

Coach travel is available for £15 per person from both Deepdale and Leyland, with a departure time of 3.45pm.

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