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Match Previews

Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

15 September 2023

Preston North End are back at home this weekend following the international break, looking to extend the unbeaten start made to the Championship season as Plymouth Argyle come to Deepdale.

Match Details

Date: Saturday 16th September, 3pm kick-off
Sky Bet Championship
Home kit – available to buy in-store and online!

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will remain on sale up until kick-off in person from the ticket office at Deepdale, while you can also buy over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from

Before and after the match, PNE fans can visit The Gentry Bar for drinks and entertainment, with live music being performed in the build-up to kick-off. Full timings and offerings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article, to be published ahead of the weekend.

The club will also be raising awareness and paying respect for those impacted by the tragic disasters in Morocco and Libya in recent days. Fans can offer their support by clicking here.

Who’s Available?

New signings Liam Millar and Milutin Osmajić are in line to make their debuts for Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

After limping off during international duty for Republic of Ireland, top scorer Will Keane has been back with PNE during the past week and he'll be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady, who have been out injured all season, have returned to full training and will be in contention for the first time this weekend.

The only players expected to be unavailable are Ched Evans, Emil Riis and Calvin Ramsay, with the latter currently doing rehab with parent club Liverpool.

Pre-Match Chat


Get ready for Saturday's match by watching pre-match interviews with manager Ryan Lowe and defender Andrew Hughes.

Opposition Focus


Manager Ryan Lowe is coming up against familiar faces this weekend, having joined North End in December 2021 from Plymouth Argyle, who he led back to League One in the 2019/20 season.

His right-hand man was one of his best friends Steven Schumacher and it was he who took over at Home Park following Ryan’s departure, and under his management Argyle accumulated 101 points last season to secure promotion to the Championship.

The Pilgrims have made a mixed start to the campaign, having won twice, drawn once and lost twice, and on Saturday they’ll look for their first away victory of the season.

Follow The Action

Supporters can listen to live commentary of this fixture from Jonathan Breeze and Andy Fensome on iFollow PNE. Click here to buy a match or monthly pass.

Fans overseas can also watch live on iFollow, with £10 match passes available to buy here.

You can also follow all the action across our social media channels and here on the club website.

Match Officials


Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell and Greg Read
Fourth Official: Andrew Kitchen

This weekend, Gavin Ward will take charge of his first PNE fixture since March 2023 when he officiated the goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

So far this season, he’s shown 20 yellow cards in five matches.

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Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 2 Plymouth Argyle 1

16 September 2023

Preston North End returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table courtesy of a 2-1 home victory over Plymouth Argyle, with goals coming from Duane Holmes and debutant Liam Millar.

It was inside the opening minute that Holmes got PNE going with a close-range header before Millar marked his first appearance for the club with a superb solo effort later in the half.

Argyle enjoyed a good spell early in the second period and pulled one back through Ryan Hardie, but North End stayed strong to secure a fifth successive victory.

Ryan Lowe – coming up against his former side – handed first appearances to Millar and Milutin Osmajić, while Ben Whiteman, Layton Stewart and Robbie Brady all featured on the bench for the first time this season.

It took just short of 40 seconds for Holmes to find the opening goal – his third in PNE colours – as debutant Millar did well down the left before floating a cross into the area and goalkeeper Conor Hazard got a hand to it, but North End’s No.25 was there to head home from just a few yards out.

The home side were electric and causing a whole host of problems, with Holmes again testing the ‘keeper soon after.

At the other end, Freddie Woodman had to come up with a strong right-hand to prevent Bali Mumba’s cross sneaking in at his near post, and he then had to stop Ryan Hardie’s cross reaching Mumba just a few yards out.


Just a minute later PNE doubled their lead and what a goal it was, too. Osmajić held the ball up well before laying into the path of fellow debutant Millar, who cut inside onto his right foot before curling expertly into the far corner.

In the 36th minute, Woodman produced his most important moment yet as Kaine Kesler-Hayden went through on goal, but North End’s shot-stopper did what he does best and stood tall to save.

The Lilywhites held a two-goal lead at the break and it could have been made three inside five minutes of the second half when substitute Mads Frøkjær shot from the edge of the area, but Hazard made a straightforward stop.

At the other end, Finn Azaz sent an effort just wide before Liam Lindsay crucially deflected a Morgan Whittaker strike over the bar.

The visitors were creating a number of chances and putting PNE under real pressure, and Hardie did get a goal back for his side just after the hour mark after a smart touch from Luke Cundle sent him through on goal.

Despite Argyle’s pressure, it was North End who couldn’t believe they didn’t restore their two-goal advantage as Millar’s cross headed goalwards by Osmajić was somehow saved by Hazard, before the post then denied a low-driven shot from Potts five minutes later.

Millar then had a big chance himself to make it three as PNE broke quickly, but his left-footed effort was deflected wide and the Canadian seemed to pull up with cramp, however with no subs left to make he was forced to see the game out.

Argyle kept pushing hard for the equaliser but North End defended resolutely to hold on to a fifth successive victory to return to the summit of the table.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes (Whatmough, 63); Potts, McCann, Ledson (Whiteman, 60), Millar; Holmes, Browne (Frøkjær, 46); Osmajić (Brady, 75). Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Stewart, Woodburn, Best.

Plymouth Argyle line-up: Hazard; Kesler-Hayden, Pleguezuelo (Scarr, 85), Gibson, Miller (C.Wright, 68); Cundle (Randell, 73), Houghton (Waine, 85), Azaz; Whittaker (T.Wright, 85), Hardie, Mumba. Subs not used: Burton, Butcher, Edwards, Warrington.

Attendance: 17,542 (2,737 Plymouth Argyle fans).

Referee: Mr G Ward.

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Ticket News

Buy Tickets For North End’s Deepdale Double-Header

13 September 2023

Preston North End have back-to-back matches coming up at Deepdale and you can buy your tickets now!

PNE will return from the international break top of the table, ready to host Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet Championship action at 3pm on Saturday 16th September.

North End will then be at Deepdale again on Tuesday 19th September (7.45pm kick-off) when Birmingham City make the journey to Lancashire.

Tickets for both of these fixtures can be purchased 24/7 online from, while fans can buy during opening hours from the ticket office at Deepdale and over the phone on 0344 856 1966.

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