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Match Preview: Swansea City (H)

24 August 2023

Preston North End will look to extend the unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign when Swansea City come to Deepdale this weekend.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 26th August, 3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Fans can buy tickets for Saturday’s clash right up until kick-off online from, in person from the ticket office at Deepdale, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

Home supporters can also visit The Gentry Bar for pre-match drinks and to take in the lunchtime kick-off, with doors opening from 11am. Full details and timings can be found in our Matchday Information article, which will be published ahead of Saturday.

Who’s Available?


Ali McCann, who missed last weekend’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday through injury, will be available on Saturday after returning to training.

Ben Whiteman has also been back in parts of training as of Thursday morning, but he won’t be ready for the weekend as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.

Robbie Brady is back on the grass himself, while Emil Riis might make a return as early as 16th September when PNE host Plymouth Argyle at Deepdale.

Pre-Match Chat


Get ready for the weekend’s match by hearing from manager Ryan Lowe and the skipper, Alan Browne.

Opposition Focus


Swansea City looked like a side on the up, having had a few seasons developing under the management of Russell Martin, so it was a blow for the Welsh outfit when he was poached by Southampton.

It looked as though they would have a challenge on their hands to keep hold of 20-goal striker Joël Piroe and he sealed a move to Leeds United on Thursday evening, however fans were understandably delighted to see captain Matt Grimes recently sign a new deal.

Under new head coach Michael Duff, the side from South Wales are looking for their first victory of the Sky Bet Championship season, having drawn against Birmingham City and Coventry City at home, and they also lost 3-2 at The Hawthorns.

A Recent Clash

Brad Potts scored the only goal of the evening as PNE came out 1-0 winners against Swansea City on the opening day of November 2022.

Follow The Action

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can listen to the match live on iFollow PNE, with a £2.50 match pass or £4.49 monthly pass. Commentary comes from Guy Clarke and Andy Fensome.

Fans overseas are able to watch the match live, with £10 match passes available to buy.

You can also follow the action across our social media channels and here on PNE.Com.

Match Officials


Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and Sam Lewis
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse

Josh Smith will referee Saturday’s match, having last taken charge of a PNE fixture in February 2023 when he sent Ben Whiteman off in a 1-1 draw against Luton Town.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Swansea City 1

26 August 2023

Preston North End sealed a third successive league victory courtesy of a 2-1 comeback win over Swansea City.

Harrison Ashby had given the visitors from South Wales the lead in the 33rd minute, before Cardiff-born defender Andrew Hughes brought North End level in the 67th minute.

Duane Holmes then got his first league goal for the club 11 minutes from time to extend PNE’s unbeaten start to the Championship campaign.

Ryan Lowe went unchanged from the victory over Sheffield Wednesday for this one, while there was a return to the squad for substitute Ali McCann, who missed out in Yorkshire through injury.

Liam Cullen had the first meaningful effort of the game inside the opening five minutes but Jordan Storey came up with an impressive block to thwart him, while Ryan Ledson sent a first-time strike over the bar on the end of a good team move shortly after.

Mads Frøkjær twice fired over from the edge of the box, in the 22nd and 28th minute respectively, with North End’s No.10 not realising the time he had to take a touch and settle himself before he took on the second of those efforts.

It had been a half hour which PNE probably edged but they fell behind just after the 30-minute mark, with Charlie Patino’s cross from the left finding Ashby unmarked at the back post and he took the ball on the bounce to fire beyond Freddie Woodman.

Ashby would have had a tap-in to make it two in the 39th minute if it wasn’t for a crucial block by Hughes to prevent Jay Fulton’s pass finding the goalscorer, after the Swans had taken a quick free-kick.

On the other side of half-time, visiting captain Matt Grimes sent a low strike wide, before Storey flicked a dangerous-looking effort from Josh Key over the bar.

Frøkjær tried to inject some flair into proceedings in the 64th minute when he cut in onto his right foot and unleashed a rocket which flew just too high to trouble Carl Rushworth in goal.

PNE did get their equaliser, though, in the 67th minute courtesy of a superb header from Hughes from ten yards on the end of an equally impressive cross from skipper Browne.

Not satisfied with a point, North End went looking for a winner and it arrived through Holmes in the 79th minute. Frøkjær slotted the ball through a defender’s legs before cutting back for PNE’s No.25 who side-footed a powerful effort over the head of Rushworth and into the back of the net from 12 yards.

The visiting Swans inevitably searched for an equaliser and had a good chance to draw level through Mykola  Kukharevych in stoppage-time, but PNE were resolute as they sealed a third successive victory.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, Browne, Ledson, Best (McCann, 63); Holmes (Whatmough, 85), Frøkjær (Woodburn, 90+3); Keane. Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer, Rodriguez-Gentile, Mawene, Seary.

Swansea City line-up: Rushworth; Darling, Cabango, Wood; Ashby (Abdulai, 80), Fulton (Allen, 80), Grimes, Patino (Cooper, 71), Key; Cullen (Paterson, 71), Yates (Kukharevych, 84). Subs not used: Fisher, Naughton, Congreve.

Attendance: 14,464 (765 Swansea City fans).

Referee: Mr J Smith.

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