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Match Preview: Cheltenham Town (H)

21 September 2021

PNE meet Cheltenham Town for the first time in competitive action this evening as the sides battle for a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Match Information
Venue: Deepdale
Date: Tuesday 21st September, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: Carabao Cup Third Round
Kit: Home kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this game will remain on sale right up until kick-off, but supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid queues on the evening of the game. Find full details here.

Our fan zone is open once again this evening from 5.30pm, with the usual offerings of alcohol, food and live music available. Last orders before the game will be 7.30pm, while the fan zone will reopen after the game until 10.30pm.

There will be no live stream for tonight's game due to Carabao Cup restrictions, but supporters unable to attend will be able to listen live on iFollow PNE, with commentary coming from Jonathan Breeze and David Buchanan. Subscribe to get your match pass or monthly pass here.

PNE Team News

Speaking pre-match, Frankie McAvoy told iFollow PNE that he will field a strong and competitive team to take on Cheltenham as his side look to progress to the next round.

Club captain Alan Browne could be back in contention to feature after missing the weekend’s draw against West Brom with a knock.

Patrick Bauer suffered a broken nose in that game in a clash with Jordan Hugill and so will be checked on, while Josh Murphy will be unavailable for selection as he featured for Cardiff City in the first two rounds.

The Opposition

Cheltenham Town enjoyed a superb campaign last time out as they lifted the League Two title for the first time in their history.

Former Burnley defender Michael Duff, manager of the Robins since September 2018, took his side to the Play-Off semi-final in the season prior, before then securing that automatic promotion in April 2021.

They’ve made a solid start to life in League One too and will likely travel to Deepdale full of confidence.

Key Stats

The Robins head into this game four unbeaten in the league, having won their last two against Charlton Athletic and Oxford United respectively.

Striker Alfie May was their top goalscorer last season, netting 12 times in all competitions, and he’s top of the list again so far this term with four goals.

PNE have never met Cheltenham in a competitive fixture previously, but one North End man who has is Jordan Storey, who scored his second goal in professional football against the Robins back in April 2018.

Man In The Middle


The referee for this evening’s game will be Dean Whitestone, who returns to Deepdale exactly a month after his last visit.

He was the man who took charge of the 1-0 victory at home to Peterborough in August.

Assisting Whitestone will be Steven Meredith and Shaun Hudson, while Bobby Madley is fourth official.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 4 Cheltenham Town 1

21 September 2021

Preston North End progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 victory over Cheltenham Town.

North End went into the break two goals to the good over their League One opposition, courtesy of two defenders in Andrew Hughes and Joe Rafferty, both scoring their firsts of the season.

Cheltenham pulled one back soon after the break with Kyle Vassell slamming home, but Sean Maguire's finish ten minutes from the end restored the two-goal lead and Emil Riis then confirmed PNE's progress in the competition.

Frankie McAvoy opted to make seven changes from the weekend’s draw with West Brom, with Ali McCann and Connor Wickham handed full debuts, but the latter was forced off just seven minutes in after being injured in an early challenge, with Sean Maguire coming on in his place.

Taylor Perry had the first effort of the game for either side, seeing his deflected shot saved by Declan Rudd on 14 minutes, while PNE’s best early moments involved Greg Cunningham crosses from the left trying to find fellow wing back Rafferty at the far post.

Emil Riis soon had a big opportunity after being found by a lovely floated ball from Maguire. The Dane took it down nicely on his chest, but he swung and missed in his attempt to volley.

Goalkeeper Owen Evans was beaten just a few minutes later, though, when Hughes rose highest in the box to connect with Whiteman’s corner from the left and find the net to break the deadlock.

North End then went two up after 37 minutes, with the two wing backs once again connecting, this time resulting in a goal as Cunningham’s cross successfully found Rafferty, who tapped home with the aid of a deflection.

Just before the break, a nick off a defender wasn’t as kind to Whiteman, as a Cheltenham man got in the way of his effort to send it just the wrong side of the post.

It was a comfortable first half for PNE in truth and that remained the case in the early stages of the second, but just moments after coming on as a substitute, Vassell got a goal back for his side in the 56th minute, firing into the roof of the net after Hughes’ header fell to the forward.

At the other end, Maguire tested the palms of Evans on 68 minutes and he came close again when he flicked Whiteman’s corner just over the bar.

The Irishman did get his goal before time was up, though, as he received the ball with his back to goal before turning to finish past Evans in the visiting goal.

Riis then got his seventh goal in all competitions as he made it four in stoppage time, slamming past the goalkeeper from outside the area.

PNE line-up: Rudd; Storey, Lindsay (van den Berg, 31), Hughes; Rafferty, Whiteman, McCann, Potts (Browne, 80), Cunningham; Riis, Wickham (Maguire, 7). Subs not used: Iversen, O’Reilly, Earl, Rodwell-Grant.

Cheltenham line-up: Evans; Horton, Pollock, Freestone; Blair (Bonds, 78), Thomas (Raglan, 78), Barkers, Perry, Chapman; May, Williams (Vassell, 54). Subs not used: Flinders, Long, Armitage.

Attendance: 6,561 (218 away fans)

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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Ticket News

Cheltenham Tickets Still On Sale

20 September 2021

Supporters can still get their tickets for the Carabao Cup tie against Cheltenham Town, with pricing for adults just £10.

Preston North End take on the League One side on Tuesday 21st September, with the game kicking off at 7.45pm at Deepdale.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the ground to avoid queues, with tickets available to purchase online at, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 or at the Deepdale ticket office.

Fans can load this game straight on to their season card or member card. Season card holders can do this if they choose to sit in their usual seat by selecting 'Access Card' at checkout, while members can load any seat on to their card by selecting the same option.

Season card holders wishing to choose a different seat will need to be issued a paper ticket which can be collected ahead of the game.

Full prices are as follows:

Adults £10

Seniors (Over 65s) £5

Young Adults (19 to 24-year-olds) £5

U18s £1

Hospitality is also available for this fixture, with full details found here.

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