Match Day Thread Preston North End v Stoke City Deepdale 26/9/2020

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    Team and manager and ground circa 1975

    LAST TIME OUT

    NORWICH CITY 2 PRESTON NORTH END 2

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    His name is Darnell Fisher and he's f**king dynamite

    STOKE CITY 0 BRISTOL CITY 2

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    The report I had described City's forwards as toothless

    LAST SEASON

    PRESTON NORTH END 3 STOKE CITY 1

    A Jack Butland masterclass that night said absolutely no one

    First meeting 6/10/1888 we won 7-0, we scored 10 the sdeason afterwards, there have been a couple of 4-3 games both winning one, if memory serves me right we were 3-1 up and still lost the game.
    Stoke's last victory at Deepdale 1-0 16/9/2005

    New Boys
    Jacob Brown £2 million
    Fox and Fletcher both free from Sheff Wednesday

    Last season City flirted with relegation for a vast amount of the season, sacked Nathan Jones sniffed around our boss for a while before picking up Michael O'Neill the Northern Ireland manager. They eventually finished 15th leading scorer being Sam Clucas with 11

    A coupe of seasons ago after relegation their support claimed they would walk the Championship they didn't, another empty ground sadly this is one of those games were there would have been plenty of atmosphere with those jolly fellows from the Potteries no chance to here Delilah this season.
    There is a book about a Stoke fan how travelled to Deepdale from his home in Norwich to the 4-3 game we won, his after match melt down is epic to say the least, the book is called, 'She stood there laughing' it's a good read if you can find a copy.

    Finally after game blogs wil be copy and paste for the foreseeable future for the simple reason Semi Pro football are still letting supporters in, sit at home in front of a computer or go to a game, , no brainer really
     
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    I recall a watching a game on a hotel's (near Chester) TV in which Stoke 1-0 at Deepdale. It was totally against the run of play. I thought it was the year Stoke were promoted. There were some Stoke lads in the lounge too. I imagined machine gunning them down!
     
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    Only to be fair, Barnet a nuclear warhead at the Potteries would improve it
     
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    There are two sides looking for their first league win of the season at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

    Both sides have done well in the Carabao Cup, with Michael O’Neill’s visitors Stoke City having knocked out Blackpool (on penalties), Wolves and Gillingham to set up a fourth round tie at Aston Villa, but they will be looking for three points in PR1.

    In the league the Potters picked up a point at Millwall on the opening day, but lost at home to Bristol City last Sunday, a game North End boss Alex Neil watched live at the bet365 Stadium and he will be hoping he learned from the encounter.

    The sides made nine and eight changes respectively for their cup games in midweek and the managers can again be expected to have plenty to consider for the clash, which can be watched live on iFollow PNE.

    Team News
    Daniel Johnson (groin) and Josh Earl, both join Louis Moult (knee) on the injured list for the clash with the Potters, but after nine changes on Tuesday night, manager Alex Neil has plenty of options available to him.

    Paul Huntington missed the Brighton & Hove Albion tie due to bookings in the previous two rounds, but he is free to resume availability for the return of league action on Saturday.

    Potters boss Michael O’Neill also made eight changes to his starting XI for their Carabao Cup tie against Gillingham on Wednesday. Adam Davies, Morgan Fox and Tommy Smith were the only survivors from the previous Sunday’s encounter with Bristol City at the bet365 Stadium.

    They too could make big changes for the trip to Deepdale, but Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (Achilles), Thibaud Verlinden (anterior cruciate ligament) and Ryan Shawcross, who has had a series of injuries, have all been out for much of 2020 and, despite Verlinden (who was injured against PNE in February) getting 45 minutes for the U23s this week, none are ready to return just yet.

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    Match Officials
    The referee appointed to take charge of Saturday's game will be refereeing at Deepdale for the first time.

    Matthew Donohue will be the man with the whistle for the game, having only officiated the Lilywhites once before, our 4-0 Carabao Cup first round win over Bradford City last season.

    Last season the match official took charge of 30 games, issuing 112 cautions and six red cards and this season he has officiated two games, Brighton's 4-0 win over Portsmouth - which set up their tie at Deepdale in the Carabao Cup - and Middlesbrough's 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth.

    The other members of the third team involved in Saturday's clash see Shaun Hudson and Wade Smith as the assistants and Jeremy Simpson taking fourth official responsibilities.
     
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    Stoke have quite a bit of talent in their squad, the best (Allen, Verlinden and Shawcross) out injured. O'Neill is a decent manager of international experience and repute serving the Ulstermen well. A different team to that of Pulis who is not a favourite at Deepdale. A Ferguson man. He must have thought he would step into Fergies shoes when he retired. How terribly disappointing for him that United chose a younger and more talented person to replace Ferguson!
     
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    1 down at half time, poor goal to conceded lay a bet that the red caed is overturned
     
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    Stoke could have had a couple in the second half, Fletcher tried to Rabona one in, hit the bar, showboating wonker, they wasted time at the end Stockley forced a couple of saves from their keeper lost 0-1 cheers ref
     
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    Preston North End 0 Stoke City 1





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    The controversial sending-off of Tom Barkhuizen, just 22 minutes into the game, made it an uphill battle against Stoke City at Deepdale.

    The No.29, playing in a wing back role, slipped as he went into a 50-50 tackle with Morgan Fox, who was also going to ground, with referee Matthew Donohue immediately pulling out the red card.

    It looked harsh and replays from multiple angles showed the decision to be even worse at second watch, but the visitors took advantage with Lee Gregory scoring the only goal of the game six minutes before half-time to take the three points.

    To the point of the red card and even until the opening goal, it was North End who were in the ascendency and looked like they had the opportunity to record their first win of the campaign.

    They had multiple corners and free kicks around the penalty area in the opening stages. From one of those – after a foul on Barkhuizen – Ryan Ledson delivered a cross from the right and Jayden Stockley, playing up front with Sean Maguire in a very attacking 3-5-2 formation, hit a sweet volley at the back post, but it was just wide of the left-hand upright.

    There was a strong shout for a penalty just before the 15-minute mark when skipper Alan Browne was upended after an excellent reverse pass from Maguire. On second look at this incident, the tackle actually occurred just outside the box, but not even a foul was awarded!

    The match-changing decision came just before the half’s mid-point, as Barkhuizen broke towards a ball down the right-hand side. He and Fox both approached the ball at pace, but the North End man could see that he might not win the ball and eased up, slipping as he approached his opponent. Fox slid in, with his studs raised, but Barkhuizen reached the ball first and then the two players’ shins came together.

    Official Donohue raced over and quickly pulled out the red card. Manager Alex Neil quickly confirmed after the game that the sending-off would be appealed, but the decision changed the game.

    The best chances were still coming to PNE and 12 minutes before the break, Scott Sinclair tested Adam Davies in the Potters goal, after a foul on Ledson by Harry Souttar in a right-hand channel 25 yards from goal.

    But the game’s solitary goal came on 39 minutes as Jon Obi Mikel found space on the right of the penalty area to play a ball into the back post, inside the six-yard box, where former Halifax Town and Millwall forward Lee Gregory slid in to fire home.

    The second half saw the game open up, with the Lilywhites chasing an equaliser and Declan Rudd was needed as City countered on a couple of occasions, saving at the feet of visiting captain Sam Clucas after a clever Steven Flecther lay-off and then later on making himself big to force Fletcher to hit the bar with a chance when clean through.

    But the closing stages saw Alex Neil’s side back on the front foot. With eight minutes to go, Browne slid through substitute Brad Potts, who was in a race with goalkeeper Davies to reach the ball. He got a toe on it, but the keeper just managed to get something on the ball and as it spun away, it luckily landed for the stopper and not back to Potts.

    And in the final minute of normal time another change, Joe Rafferty delivered one of many good free kicks into the penalty area and Stockley rose highest, but the ball was just behind him and he had to generate his own pace, leaving Davies with the opportunity to dive and save in his top right-hand corner and the visitors held on for the win.

    PNE line-up: Rudd, Barkhuizen, Sinclair (Potts, 71), Storey (Hughes, 59), Bauer, Davies, Pearson, Browne (c), Ledson (Rafferty, 81), Stockley, Maguire. Subs not used: Ripley, Harrop, Gallagher, Bodin.

    Stoke City line-up: Davies, Fox, McClean (Tymon, 64), Chester, Mikel, Smith, Gregory, Oakley-Boothe (Thompson, 85), Fletcher (Brown, 77), Clucas (c), Souttar. Subs not used: Butland, Batth, Powell, Campbell.

    Referee: Mr M Donohue
     
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    Preston manager Alex Neil:

    "I wasn't sure about the red card. I've watched it back and he is running full speed, goes to slow down and loses his footing and slides into the lad, it was almost a slide tackle.

    "It is not meant, it was next to their dugout and they were up appealing, the lad was screaming and rolling around.

    "It changed the course of the game. We were getting crosses into the box, we were a good threat. Everything was set up how we hoped and we thought we could go on and win it."

    Stoke boss Michael O'Neill:

    "We were wasteful in the second half and when you're against 10 men it is difficult at times because teams commit bodies forward and you have to deal with long balls.

    "It was important for us to try and win the game on the back of last week's defeat. We have four points from three games now and if we can take three points next week it will have been a good start.

    "The red card, I thought it was a poor challenge. He doesn't really need to make that challenge and you can't tackle anymore. They are the rules."
     
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