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26 September 2019

Preston North End host Bristol City for the 43rd time in league competition at Deepdale this weekend.

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26 September 2019
The Robins have won 26 games in the overall head to head, with North End slightly ahead, with 30 victories, but the record at Deepdale is very different.
 
The two sides first met here back in November 1901, a goalless draw and it took the Robins until their 20th visit to record a victory, winning 1-0 in December 1967.
 
In their following21 games they managed four more wins, including their biggest in February 2011, when they went away with the points following a 4-0 triumph, however, since then PNE have gone 12 unbeaten.
 
The hosts have been victorious by scorelines of 4-0, 5-1 (twice), 4-1 and 5-0 – which came in the FA Cup in 1935, but the biggest league victory was also a ‘five star display’, as Lee Johnson’s men were beaten in April 2017 and that is our featured game…
 
On the night, North End kept up their Championship Play-Off hopes with a five-goal thrashing of then relegation-threatened Bristol City.
 
Tom Barkhuizen's sixth in 11 games put North End a goal up at the break, as the Robins largely foiled the hosts.
 
The floodgates opened after the break, first when Callum Robinson went down and Aiden McGeady netted from the spot.
Skipper Tom Clarke headed in a free-kick for the third, before Robinson's two close-range strikes capped the win.
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26 September 2019
It had been an impressive run of form to put the Lilywhites in contention for the top six, with just two defeats from the turn of the year, but with 13 draws from 40 games it was still going to be tough.
 
Although needing the points for equally important reasons, Bristol City capitulated to their 21st and biggest league defeat of the season.
 
The best of City's chances came before the break, with David Cotterill, Bailey Wright and Tammy Abraham unable to beat Chris Maxwell in the Deepdale side's goal.
 
It proved costly as the in-form Barkhuizen eventually found a way past their keeper Frank Fielding and once McGeady and Clarke had stretched out the scoreline, Robinson smashed in twice after neat build up play to give PNE's goal difference a boost in the battle for a top-six place.
 
Boss Simon Grayson said after: "It ended up being a good night for us. First half got the goal, said at half time had to be quicker with the ball, move it around quicker. Key moments change games and Chris Maxwell's save from Bailey Wright was one of those at 1-0.
 
"From there, we got full steam ahead, got the penalty and then played with confidence and swagger without being too complacent and scored some very good goals.
 
"It was good for us to get that base to go from, some of the goals we scored and some of the play was exceptional. You saw the players enjoying what they are doing and it's been a great night for us."
 
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson added: "It's devastating, frustrating and I'm angry. The first half we've played some excellent football, I felt we were the better side, and were unlucky to come in 1-0 down.
 
"But in those moments, we need to be tougher. Whether it be balls into the box, finishing, 50-50 tackles. In that 20-minute spell in the second-half we capitulated. We've got to be tougher.
 
"Nobody can say they've had a good game but it's frustrating because we really weren't that bad in the first half. In my opinion it wasn't a 5-0 game, but we got beaten 5-0 and there are three or four really poor defensive errors that cost us."

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