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Match Previews

Match Preview: Southampton (A)

15 April 2024

Preston North End will make the long journey to Southampton again on Tuesday, following the postponement of the fixture last month.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday 16th April, 8pm kick-off
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale until 9.30am on the day of the game in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and online.

Fans can also buy on the night from Ticket Office 3, with only physical card payments accepted, and collections can also be made here. No payments via cash or Apple Pay will be accepted.

There is also free official club coach travel, courtesy of Sky Bet, available for this fixture, however availability is now limited from both Deepdale and Leyland.

Supporters are reminded that the club has a zero-tolerance policy towards behaviours such as abuse, discrimination, anti-social behaviour, pyrotechnics, and pitch encroachment, and each of these can result in serious sanctions.

Who’s Available?


Ryan Lowe confirmed after the Norwich City fixture that midfielder Ali McCann will likely miss the remainder of the season with a thigh strain.

North End were, however, boosted at the weekend by the return of Alan Browne and Ryan Ledson, while Ched Evans got his first minutes since January.

Ben Whiteman, Brad Potts and Liam Millar are all likely to miss out.

Opposition Focus


With at least one game in hand on the three teams above them in the table, fourth-placed Southampton have an opportunity to close the gap – which currently stands at seven points – to the top two.

A few games ago, it may have looked like Saints would have to settle for a Play-Off spot, but some surprising results across the board have made the top two more possible, especially considering they’ve still got to face Leicester City and Leeds United.

Under Russell Martin, Southampton have spent almost the entirety of the campaign towards the top of the table, helped by their remarkable 22-match unbeaten league run between September and February.

A Recent Clash

PNE put in a top performance in October against Southampton but were held to a 2-2 draw after a last-minute equaliser.

Follow The Action

This fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports, meaning the game will be unavailable to watch live on iFollow in the majority of regions worldwide.

Live commentary will be available as usual, with Guy Clarke and Paul Sparrow on the mic. Match and monthly passes are on sale here.

Extensive coverage can also be followed across the club’s social media channels and here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Sam Barrott
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

Sam Barrott will referee Tuesday night’s game, which will be his second North End fixture of the season, following the 2-0 home victory over Bristol City in January.

Barrott has taken charge of 38 games in total so far this campaign, with 15 of those coming in the Premier League. He’s shown 119 yellow cards and three reds so far.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southampton 3 PNE 0

16 April 2024

Three first-half goals for Southampton saw Preston North End beaten at St Mary’s.

Che Adams netted twice for the Saints within the opening 29 minutes of the rearranged clash, before Stuart Armstrong added to the scoring prior to the break.

The hosts had further opportunities in the second half and were twice thwarted by superb Freddie Woodman saves, with the goalkeeper ensuring the scoring stopped at three.

Two changes were made from the weekend’s defeat to Norwich City as Emil Riis came in up top and Noah Mawene started a Sky Bet Championship game for the second time.


Southampton looked to start quickly and had early efforts through Adam Armstrong and Kyle Walker-Peters, while Mads Frøkjær tested Alex McCarthy in the seventh minute, with his parry almost falling kindly at the feet of Milutin Osmajić.

Adams sent a warning sign when he volleyed over 12 minutes in, but he soon had his first of the night as he found the back of the net with a tidy first-time finish on the end of an Adam Armstrong cross.

The provider almost turned goalscorer in the 26th minute when he tried his luck from all of 40 yards to loft it over Freddie Woodman, who was relieved to see it land on the roof of his net.

It was the back of his net found, though, three minutes on as Adams finished off after a tidy one-two with David Brooks.

Saints had their third of the night in the 33rd minute when Duane Holmes’ clearance fell only to Stuart Armstrong on the edge of the area, and he found the bottom corner.

The Scottish midfielder couldn’t have come much closer to doubling his tally before the half was up as he struck the post from the edge of the area, and it rolled back along the goal-line and eventually spun behind.

Ryan Lowe chose to put Greg Cunningham on for Duane Holmes before the break and Will Keane was also introduced for the second half.


Southampton continued to create, though, and Mawene had to come up with a crucial block in the 51st minute to prevent Adams getting his hat-trick from just a few yards out.

North End so nearly caught Southampton playing out from the back in the 64th minute, but Frøkjær’s cutback could only find a player in red.

Shortly after, Adams took down a chipped Shea Charles pass and had his close-range effort superbly kept out by Woodman, before the ‘keeper made an even better stop to tip over from Brooks, when it looked almost certain he’d make it four.

There weren't many chances of note created after that point for either side as the hosts took a 3-0 victory and North End now look ahead to Saturday's trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Manning; Aribo (Smallbone, 70), Downes (Charles, 45), S.Armstrong (Rothwell, 70); Brooks (Sulemana, 83), Adams (Edozie, 76), A.Armstrong. Subs not used: Lumley, Stephens, Bree, Fraser.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Holmes (Cunningham, 40), Whatmough (Ledson, 70), N.Mawene (Browne, 70), Brady; Frøkjær; Osmajić (Evans, 79), Riis (Keane, 45). Subs not used: Cornell, Stewart, Best, Seary.

Attendance: 27,636 (556 PNE fans).

Referee: Mr S Barrott.

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Ticket News

Southampton Tickets Back On Sale

11 March 2024

Tickets for North End’s rearranged fixture against Southampton are on sale.

Following the postponement of the match at St Mary’s Stadium, PNE will now be taking on the Saints at 8pm on Tuesday 16th April.

Tickets can be purchased until 9.30am on matchday from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and online

Fans can also buy on the night from Ticket Office 3, with only physical card payments accepted, and collections can also be made here. No payments via cash or Apple Pay will be accepted.

Match tickets for the original date will remain valid for the new fixture, whereas refunds are also available for fans who cannot attend on the new date. These are available until the close of play on Monday 15th April.

Supporters attending can find out what to expect by taking a look through the guide for visiting fans.

Ticket Prices

Adults (26 to 64) £25
Seniors (65+) £20
Young Adults (18 to 25) £20
U18s (14 to 17) £15
U14s (0-13) £15

Supporters under the age of 14 must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above.

Disabled Supporter Information

Tickets for wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters are priced in accordance with their relevant age band, as per above. Each ticket will come with a complimentary carer ticket, if required.

Four parking spaces were available for blue badge holders, and all of these were booked for the original fixture, and these will remain valid. 

There are car parks nearby with disabled bays on Bond Street (SO14 5QA) and Crosshouse Road (SO14 5GZ). There are also accessible bays along Rochester Street, however these fill up quickly on a matchday.

Southampton provide an audio description service for any visually impaired supporters and fans who require or would like to access this service can contact

Supporters should also be aware there will be a pre-match light show. Disabled supporters attending the game are invited to read Southampton's Access Statement.

Coach Travel

Free coach travel is available from both Deepdale and Leyland, courtesy of Sky Bet. Coaches will depart both locations at 11.30am.

Tickets for the original coach travel will not be valid and supporters wishing to use club coaches for the rearranged date will be required to book new travel tickets. Supporters who had tickets for the original fixture had £15 added to their MyPNE Wallet.

Fans who have since bought travel for the rearranged fixture will have again received that money back into their Wallet, however a refund can be processed by contacting the ticket office.

Parking & Travel

There’s a drop-off and pick-up area located outside the main reception, adjacent to the Ted Bates statue. This is available prior to the match and again for pick-up 30 minutes after full-time. Please note, any vehicles parked in this area may be towed away.

Matchday shuttle buses are available for both home and away supporters, while local car parks can be found here.

North End fans parking on the North Car Park are advised to do so via Briannia Road and not over the footbridge to the north of the stadium. A road closure here will be put in place 90 minutes before kick-off.

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