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Match Preview: Bristol City (A)

10 September 2021

Preston North End are back in Championship action on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City.

Frankie McAvoy’s men face the Robins at 3pm, two weeks after sealing a third win in succession heading into the international break. 

Match Information
Venue: Ashton Gate
Date: Saturday 11th September, 3pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 6/46)
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this game will remain on sale until 5pm on Friday afternoon both in person from the ticket office and over the phone, while sales from will end at 3pm. 

Bristol City have confirmed there will be no sales on the day of the game, but supporters who have already purchased tickets can collect them from the away turnstiles at Ashton Gate from 1.30pm. 

For those unable to attend, iFollow audio commentary from Guy Clarke and Rob Edwards is available online, while overseas supporters can stream the game live. Find full details on that here

PNE Team News

McAvoy confirmed that Ched Evans, Liam Lindsay and Tom Barkhuizen have all returned to training for their phased returns after Covid isolation, but the latter is expected to be out for at least another week as he is "not doing too greatly" since coming back, according to the head coach.

In contention to feature will be deadline day signings Josh Murphy and Ali McCann. Murphy joined his team-mates at Euxton at the beginning of the week and played 45 minutes in the Central League draw against Walsall, while McCann has been away with his national side Northern Ireland.

Matthew Olosunde remains out injured alongside long-term absentee Izzy Brown.

The Opposition

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson told the local media on Thursday that he has "more or less a fit squad" to choose from when they host PNE at Ashton Gate.

The Robins won their most recent match before the international break, picking up a 2-1 win in the Severnside derby away to Cardiff City.

Andreas Weimann was on the scoresheet twice that day and that was his second brace of the season, having bagged two against Reading just two games prior.

Key Stats

PNE have a positive record against Bristol City in recent years, having lost just once in the last 16 meetings between the two.

Daniel Johnson has had a lot of success in those games, too, scoring in each of the last three seasons against the Robins, with the last couple coming from the penalty spot.

Former North End man Matty James has played all 450 minutes so far this Championship season for Bristol City; the midfielder played 30 times during his time on loan at Deepdale from Manchester United.

Our Last Meeting

PNE were beaten 2-0 the last time these sides met at Ashton Gate in January earlier this year.

Daniel Iversen and Ben Whiteman made their debuts for the club that afternoon, but the Lilywhites were behind inside eight minutes as Famara Diedhiou put his side ahead.

PNE then came close a couple of times through Scott Sinclair and Paul Huntington, with the latter hitting the bar, but Zak Vyner sealed the three points for the hosts. 

Man In The Middle


Tim Robinson will referee the weekend's game against Bristol City and you have to go all the way back to December 2017 to find the last time PNE won a game which he took charge of, as the Lilywhites beat Sheffield United 1-0 at home.

The last North End game which Robinson refereed was the away defeat to Wycombe Wanderers earlier this year in March.

Nigel Lugg and Ian Cooper will be assisting him on Saturday, with Christopher Sarginson set to be fourth official.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bristol City 0 PNE 0

11 September 2021

North End had to settle for a point at Ashton Gate, as Sean Maguire went closest to winning the game, rattling the crossbar in the first half.

The game ended goalless, despite PNE having much the better of the chances, with Maguire, Johnson and Riis all going close against Nigel Pearson's men.

North End started the game extremely quickly and some excellent combination play between Daniel Johnson and Sean Maguire – a feature of the half – saw the Jamaican thread a ball through the middle for the striker to run on to, Robins’ skipper Dan Bentley needing to come out and smother at the feet of the Irishman.

Ben Whiteman again opened up the hosts on four minutes, his ball out to the right finding Sepp van den Berg, looking for his third goal in as many games, but his right-footed strike was just over the right corner of the post and bar from 15 yards.

City’s only shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes came from an unlikely source as summer recruit Rob Atkinson ran from the half-way line unchallenged and shot from 25 yards, Daniel Iversen needing to get a strong hand to palm the ball behind for a corner.

But if it was PNE who started the game the stronger, they finished the first half the same way. On 39 minutes a Ryan Ledson through ball saw Maguire run into a left-hand channel, getting off a shot across Bentley, which came back off the bar and eventually came back out to Whiteman, who scooped a shot over the City No.1, but just wide of the left-hand post from 20 yards.

With three minutes to go until the break, it was brilliant again. Johnson worked the ball from a corner and threaded Maguire in down the right; he drilled the ball across goal and it just needed a touch, but flashed across the face and out for a goal-kick.

The home side had the first shot of the second half, Iversen denying Han-Noah Massengo from 30 yards, after a driven half-volley from the diminutive midfielder, following a quick break from the midfield.

But North End were soon back in the opposition box, Johnson and Maguire forcing a corner after a superb switch by Emil Riis sent Josh Earl away down the left, the wing back drilling a ball into the six yard box that needed a block to turn behind.

On the hour mark another chance came. This time it was Riis firing over the bar after more good work from Earl, who collected a cross from Whiteman from the right corner of the City penalty area across the goal. The PNE No.32 put it back across for the Dane to shoot, but he was unable to keep his drilled effort down on the half-volley.

Ali McCann made his debut, with Alan Browne also coming on for Ledson and Riis with 17 minutes left, just after the Dane had raced through and been unable to control the ball in the box as Vyner put pressure on him as he was about to shoot.

Another debut saw Josh Murphy replace Johnson with 11 minutes to go, joining Maguire in attack for the closing stages of the game.

On 82 minutes, Chris Martin stung the gloves of Iversen with a 25-yard free-kick after Massengo had been fouled by McCann. The effort went up and over the big PNE wall, but was well clawed away by the Dane.

In the 89th minute, a brilliant corner on the left from McCann went to the back post, with Hughes rising highest and heading towards the top right-hand corner, but Bentley was well-placed to grab the ball out of the air to confirm the points were shared.

Bristol City line-up: Bentley (c), Atkinson, James, Martin, King (Semenyo, 69), Weimann, Pring (Dasilva, 69), Baker, Kalas, Vyner (Wells, 78), Massengo. Subs not used: O’Leary, Bakinson, Scott, Palmer.

PNE line-up: Iversen, Storey, Bauer, Hughes, van den Beg, Ledson (McCann, 73), Whiteman, Earl, Johnson (c) (Murphy, 79), Riis (Browne, 73), Maguire. Subs not used: Rudd, Cunningham, Lindsay, Potts.

Attendance: 17,967 (753 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr T Robinson

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Ticket News

Bristol City Ticket Details

9 September 2021

Tickets for our trip to Bristol City on Saturday 11th September will remain on sale from the ticket office until 5pm on Friday.

Frankie McAvoy’s side head to Ashton Gate for a 3pm kick-off and the club have been given an allocation of 1,239 tickets.

Tickets are available from until 3pm on Friday, while they will go off sale from the Deepdale ticket office and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 at 5pm on Friday.

Prices for tickets are as follows:

Adults £28

Seniors (over 65s) £25

U25s £25

U22s £21

U19s £15

U12s £10

There are also pairs of disabled and carer tickets available, with disabled supporters paying in accordance with their age band, while carer tickets are complimentary.

Travel is also be available for £25, with coaches departing from Deepdale and Leyland at 8.30am.

Supporters who are collecting tickets can do so from the away turnstiles at Ashton Gate from 1.30pm onwards on Saturday.

Please note, this fixture will be all-ticket and there will be no sales on the day.

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