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Match Previews

Match Preview: West Brom (H)

4 October 2022

PNE will take centre stage on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening when West Brom come to Deepdale.

Match Information
Wednesday 5th October, 8pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 12/46)
Home kit – available in-store and online!

Supporter Information

The Kop is open to home supporters for this fixture, with tickets available in this stand from the ticket office and online, while season card holders can relocate their seat for the game either by visiting the ticket office or calling 0344 856 1966.

Supporters are able to buy right up until kick-off, from the ticket office and online from

The fan zone will be open to home supporters from 5pm until 7.45pm, with refreshments and live music on offer, while it will then reopen after full-time.

How To Follow The Game

As this game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, there will be no option to watch live on iFollow PNE. Supporters are advised to check their local TV listings to see whether or not they are able to watch in their area.

Live commentary will still be available on iFollow though, with live commentary coming from Jonathan Breeze and Paul McKenna. Subscribe to a match or monthly pass here!

There will also be our usual coverage across social media and here on PNE.Com before, during, and after the game.

Matchday Programme


Liam Lindsay is our cover star and featured interview for Wednesday's edition of the matchday programme, The One And Only!

The defender – who has played every minute of league action so far this season – gives a featured interview, as he discusses his form, PNE’s start to the campaign, and a change to life away from football.

You can pick up a programme from around the ground on Wednesday evening for £3.50, while you can also order a copy to arrive straight to your home by clicking here.

A Look At Our Visitors


After a promising summer of recruitment at The Hawthorns, things haven’t started as well as West Brom would have liked this season.

Their signings included Jed Wallace and John Swift – who played a direct part in a combined 42 Championship goals last season – while they’ve recently added midfielder Tom Rogic, who has been a key factor in Celtic’s success in recent years.

The Baggies have taken just ten points from their opening 11 matches, though, and they’ll arrive at Deepdale sat 21st in the table, with Steve Bruce’s men claiming one win so far this term.

Going Head To Head

Games played: 116
PNE wins: 40
Draws: 27
West Brom wins: 49
Last meeting: West Brom 0-2 PNE, 26th January 2022

One To Watch


Having scored 11 goals and assisted a further 13 for Reading last season, John Swift made the switch to West Brom this summer.

While he’s not yet on a similar trajectory for the Baggies, that is more a case of chances being spurned at the top end of the pitch, with Swift averaging 2.4 key passes per game – a sign that he is very much a key creative spark for West Brom.

Swift has also previously enjoyed facing PNE, having scored five times against the Lilywhites – three of which came at Deepdale.

Match Officials


Josh Smith will referee PNE for the fifth time in his career on Wednesday night.

Smith’s first game in charge of North End was the 2-1 victory away at Huddersfield Town in October 2020, while his most recent was a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City earlier this year.

Smith has shown 39 yellow cards and two reds in eight matches this season, and he will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Mark Stevens, while Ross Joyce is on fourth official duty.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 1 West Brom 0

5 October 2022

Emil Riis’ goal just seven minutes in earned Preston North End a 1-0 victory at home to West Brom.

Riis scored his second of the season – his first at Deepdale – after meeting Álvaro Fernández’s pinpoint cross from the left, and that proved enough for the three points.

Ryan Lowe made two changes to his team from the weekend, with Ali McCann and Sean Maguire coming into the starting XI – the latter for the first time this season.

Those two incomings came so close to scoring inside four minutes, as Robbie Brady found Maguire, who saw a header saved well by Alex Palmer, before McCann then had two efforts denied.

North End didn’t have to wait long for the goal, though, as Álvaro Fernández sent a superb cross in from the left hand side, and Riis connected with it brilliantly to send it beyond Palmer and into the back of the net.

West Brom almost had an instant response through Grady Diangana, with the attacker sending a dangerous ball right across the face of goal, and Karlan Grant at the back post was a matter of inches away from getting a touch.

The lively Maguire almost found his side’s second of the night halfway through the first period, at the end of a long spell of PNE possession, but his low effort zipped just wide.

McCann was then denied by the post on 41 minutes, with the ball falling kindly to him from a deflected Maguire pass, and the midfielder struck the goalkeeper’s right-hand post.

Freddie Woodman was called upon for the first time a few minutes later by Jed Wallace, who powered a left-footed strike goalwards, only to be denied by a strong save from North End’s No.1.

On the other side of half-time, Woodman came up with an even better stop to frustrate Grant after the forward was found by Diangana, and PNE’s goalkeeper stuck out his right leg to great effect from pretty much a one-on-one situation.

The Baggies then had another big chance through Wallace just a matter of moments later and again Woodman was equal to it.

Chances didn’t come quite as often in the second half, with PNE limited to little going forward, although there were bright breaks from the likes of goalscorer Riis and substitute Brad Potts.

West Brom had plenty of the ball themselves in the late stages of the game, but PNE once again showed their strength in defence to hold on to a ninth clean sheet of the Championship campaign.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Cunningham; Browne (Potts, 68), Whiteman, Brady (Ledson, 74), McCann, Fernández; Riis (Parrott, 85), Maguire (Woodburn, 74). Subs not used: Cornell, Johnson, Hughes.

West Brom line-up: Palmer; Gardner-Hickman, Kelly, O’Shea, Townsend; Molumby (Rogic, 60), Okay (Livermore, 58); Wallace, Swift (Phillips, 74), Diangana; Grant (Thomas-Asante, 72). Subs not used: Button, Pieters, Reach.

Attendance: 13, 924 (718 away fans)

Referee: Mr J Smith.

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