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Match Preview: Rotherham United (H)

28 March 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rotherham United (H)

28 March 2024

Preston North End’s end-of-season run-in begins on Good Friday when Rotherham United visit Deepdale.

Match Details

Date: Friday 29th March, 3pm kick-off
Venue: Deepdale
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit

Supporter Information

Tickets for this fixture will be available to buy up until kick-off in person from the ticket office, over the phone on 0344 856 1966, and online.

PNE fans can head to The Gentry Bar from 11am for drinks and live entertainment ahead of kick-off, and there is also a brand-new pop-up bar, The Bowler Hat, opening for the very first time on Friday.

Supporters can use the matchday shuttle bus to get to and from the stadium, with the service running from Leyland through Bamber Bridge on its way to Deepdale. Return tickets cost £6 on-board and timings are as follows:

Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 1.20pm
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 1.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 1.35pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 1.40pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 2pm

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

Who’s Available?

After limping off through injury and missing international duty as a result, Milutin Osmajić is expected to be fit and available for Friday’s fixture.

Brad Potts, however, will be absent after picking up another hamstring injury in that same Plymouth Argyle match.

Alan Browne, who missed that game, will be back involved, while there could be a space in the matchday squad for 16-year-old Theo Mawene, who has impressed in training with the first team during the international break.

Opposition Focus


Following a positive first season back in the Sky Bet Championship last term, they've got a job on their hands this time around, as they sit 19 points away from safety with just eight matches still to play.

The Millers have won once in their previous 27 matches – a 1-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day – and they’ll be looking to extend their recent unbeaten record at Deepdale to five matches.

Former North End striker Jordan Hugill will be back in familiar territory on Friday, having netted against PNE in the reverse fixture, while fellow ex-Lilywhite Andre Green is also on the Millers’ books, but he suffered a serious Achilles injury in October which will leave him sidelined for around a year.

A Recent Clash

Liam Lindsay’s header in first-half stoppage-time earned PNE a point in the reverse fixture against the Millers.

Follow The Action

Supporters all around the world are able to watch live on iFollow. Match passes are available for £10 here.

Live commentary is also available from Jonathan Breeze and David Buchanan, with both match and monthly passes on sale.

Coverage of the fixture can also be found here on the website and across the club's social media channels.

Match Officials


Referee: Steve Martin
Assistant Referees:
Mark Dwyer and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official:
Martin Coy

Steve Martin will referee a PNE match for the first time this campaign on Friday, with the experienced official having last done so in the defeat at Bramall Lane in April 2023.

So far this campaign, Martin has officiated 18 matches, showing 91 yellow cards and two reds within that period.

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