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Match Previews

Match Preview: Swansea City (A)

21 December 2023

Preston North End will head to South Wales on Friday to take on Swansea City in the final away game of 2023.

Match Details

Date: Friday 22nd December, 7.45pm kick-off
Venue: Stadium
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Third kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale online, in person from the ticket office, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 10am on Friday.

Any pre-paid or duplicate tickets not already collected from Deepdale can be picked up on the night from the main ticket office, located at the South Stand of the stadium.

Supporters are reminded that stricter measures have been introduced in football this season to address illegal crowd behaviour such as entering the pitch, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics, throwing objects, as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

Who’s Available?

After taking a knock to his ankle in the defeat to Watford, Liam Millar is expected to be ready and available for this fixture.

Emil Riis, who has been sidelined since the opening weekend of 2023, is not likely to feature before the end of the year, with the New Year now the target for the striker.

Ryan Lowe confirmed 23 outfield players were due to train on Thursday morning so there is plenty of competition for places.

Opposition Focus


Swansea City sit 18th in the Championship ahead of the weekend’s round of fixtures and they’re still without a permanent boss at the helm, since the departure of Michael Duff earlier this month.

Alan Sheehan, who was assistant to Duff, has been in interim charge ever since, tasting victory in his first match against Rotherham United, before a draw at Stoke City and defeat to Middlesbrough.

Swansea hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for North End in years gone by, having only won there once since 1961.

A Recent Clash

North End came from behind in August 2023 courtesy of Andrew Hughes and Duane Holmes to beat Swansea City 2-1.

Follow The Action

Supporters worldwide will be able to watch this fixture live on iFollow PNE, with match passes available for £10. Fans overseas can also buy an international video half-season pass for £85.

Fans can also listen live, with commentary coming from Guy Clarke and Rob Edwards, and match passes and monthly passes are both on sale.

Extensive coverage can also be found across PNE’s social media channels and the club website.

Match Officials


Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Craig Taylor and Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official: John Busby

Robert Madley will referee his second PNE match of the season on Friday, with his first incidentally coming against Swansea City’s rivals Cardiff City in November.

Madley has shown 67 yellow cards and four reds – including his dismissal of Robbie Brady – in 13 matches so far this season.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Swansea City 2 PNE 1

22 December 2023

Preston North End were beaten in the fifth minute of stoppage-time by Swansea City in the final away game of 2023.

It looked as though Liam Millar’s superb strike in the 67th minute was going to earn PNE a point on the road, after cancelling out Jamie Paterson’s opener.

That was until the 95th minute, though, when Paterson scored his second of the night to win the game for the hosts.

Six changes were made to the side which lost to Watford in the previous outing, with one of those being Dai Cornell, who came in for his first Championship start for the club.

From the off, North End were pressing the Swans high when they were in possession at the back, and almost capitalised on a couple of occasions.

The first chance of note for either side came a quarter of an hour in when Jamal Lowe sent a 25-yard effort wide of Cornell’s right-hand post.

Five minutes on, Ryan Ledson kept the ball alive when a cross was headed onto the edge of the area and Robbie Brady whistled a curling effort just wide of the top corner.


Cornell was called into his first meaningful action halfway through the opening period as Lowe’s close-range effort on the end of Josh Key’s cross looked destined for the back of the net, but the goalkeeper came up with a big stop.

Just after the half-hour mark, Brady went down in the area claiming he had been pulled to the ground by Key, however there was nothing doing for referee Robert Madley.

PNE were saved by the offside flag in the third minute of first-half added-time when Lowe found the back of the net, while Duane Holmes had the last opportunity of the half, heading a cross from substitute Millar – who replaced the injured Brady – wide of goal.

12 minutes into the second half, Ched Evans struck a promising, powerful effort towards the far corner, but Rushworth managed to keep it out, diving low to his right.

North End were then soon behind as, on the hour mark, Paterson cleverly swept Matt Grimes’ pass into the back of the net, via the post.

PNE weren’t trailing for long, though, with Millar drawing level just seven minutes later. He picked the ball up on the left, cut inside onto his right foot, and expertly curled it into the far corner, before celebrating in front of the traveling fans.


The Canada international almost had another in the 71st minute with pretty much an identical effort, but this time Rushworth got a finger to it to tip wide.

North End made attacking changes to try and win the game, with the likes of Milutin Osmajić and Mads Frøkjær coming on, and Ali McCann tried his luck late in the day with a long-range effort, but his strike went over the bar.

It looked as though the points would be shared until Paterson drilled the ball into the far corner in the fifth minute of stoppage-time to earn his side victory.

Swansea City line-up: Rushworth; Darling (Yates, 70), Cabango, Humphreys; Key (Naughton, 82), Fulton, Grimes, Tymon (Wood, 82); Walsh (Bolasie, 69), Paterson; Lowe (Cullen, 87). Subs not used: Fisher, Allen, Patino, Cooper.

PNE line-up: Cornell; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, McCann, Ledson, Brady (Millar, 45); Holmes (Frøkjær, 77), Browne (Woodburn, 90+4); Evans (Osmajić, 77). Subs not used: Woodman, Whiteman, Keane, Whatmough, Best.

Attendance: 15,098 (246 PNE fans).

Referee: Mr R Madley.

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Ticket News

Tickets For Swansea City On Sale

20 December 2023

Tickets for North End’s last away fixture of the year, against Swansea City, remain on sale.

PNE will take on the Swans at 7.45pm on Friday 22nd December, and the club have been allocated 988 tickets for this match.

Supporters can buy tickets online from, in person from the ticket office, and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 10am on matchday.

Any pre-paid or duplicate tickets not collected from Deepdale can be picked up on the night from the main ticket office, located at the South Stand of the stadium.

Ticket Prices

Adults (21 to 64) £29
Concessions* £19
U18s (12 to 17) £13
U12s (0 to 11) £1

Concessions are seniors aged 65 and over, those aged between 18 and 20, full-time students, and members of the Armed Forces.

Disabled Supporter Information

Seven pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets have been allocated for this fixture.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay in accordance with their age band above. Complimentary carer tickets are also available where required.

Coach Travel

Coach travel is available for this fixture, with a departure time of 12pm from Deepdale, before then picking up at Leyland at approximately 12.15pm.

Travel is priced at £31 for Ambassadors and £33 for non-Ambassadors.

Car Parking

There are four car parking spaces available and these can be booked by calling 01792 616400 (option one).

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