MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

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MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by Sutekh » 04 Apr 2018 18:13

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When : Saturday, 7th April 2018, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

And so another Saturday at home beckons. After about a month of getting away with avoiding the ****** things they’re back - and they’re back big time as they will be the last three home games of this season.

Trouble is it now does really matter as if this truly awful millstone of ZERO wins at home on a Saturday this season is to be broken then it just might mean the difference between staying up and games with Leeds, WBA, Forest or relegation and visits to Oldham, Accrington, Fleetwood and *xf*rd

Preston have done pretty much what they’ve been doing for the last few seasons and been pottering around the fringes of the play offs before succumbing to a standard top half/top 10 finish. They are therefore a decent well organised side who’ll take chance if it’s offered which is something Reading have been rather too good at this season

The last 10 games for Preston though have seen them fall away a little from the the play off race with 3 wins and 3 draws which is an average of 1.2 ppg. However they’ve only lost 2 of their last 13 away games (both in Sheffield) and racked up 6 wins in that run. They also have won away at all the teams below Reading except for a draw at Burton on Boxing Day. They will probably be all guns blazing for this as they’ll probably see this one as their last chance to keep their play off hopes alive so this game is going to be very difficult indeed.

Of course Reading actually won their last home game so hopefully something has changed but it’s this game that will show whether that’s really true or not as Reading’s current woeful run is now 2 wins in 21 league games and that will really take some undoing.

The mess of injuries continues with countless players missing. No news heard at all on progress of Bodvarsson, McShane or Elphick (and neither of the latter two will be too near full match fitness anyway) so who knows whether they’ll appear anywhere near the team sheet or not. Edwards, thankfully given that his last three tackles have resulted in a penalty for QPR, a booking, another booking and therefore his own dismissal, is suspended while Kermorgant will be back from his own suspension to warm the bench again.

So I expect the same sort of team as for QPR with perhaps Evans in for Edwards and maybe Kelly in for Swift, depending on how riskable Swift is with his hamstrings. As a result it’s might well be the same sort of approach with PC looking to be solid and secure at the back first and use that as springboard for a breakaway goal. And let’s be honest there isn’t much else to be done given the awful lack of strikers at the club owing to the the clubs wasteful transfer window deals on the likes of Edwards and Aluko and the selling of Samuel who at least offered something different as a striker.

Referee

Fresh up from his one PL game this season (Watford 2-2 Bournemouth), so presumably a star in the making, is Andy Madley

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Previous

21 Nov 2017 > Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Reading
26 Sep 2017 > Millwall 2-1 Reading
19 Aug 2017 > Preston North End 1-0 Reading
04 Mar 2017 > Reading 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
17 Aug 2016 > Newcastle United 4-1 Reading
07 May 2016 > Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading
03 Dec 2015 > Reading 0-1 Queen's Park Rangers
29 Aug 2015 > Brentford 1-3 Reading
25 Apr 2015 > Reading 0-2 Brentford
15 Jan 2015 > Milwall 0-0 Reading
05 Apr 2014 > Charlton Athletic 0-1 Reading
25 Jan 2014 > Ipswich Town 2-0 Reading

Historically

This will be the 27th league game with Preston in Reading. Reading has been a bit of a graveyard for visiting Preston teams down the years (pretty much like Deepdale is for visiting Reading teams) with Reading ahead by 16 wins to 4. Going to be a real challenge to keep that run going given the circumstances but if everyone can do their job properly - and that means YOU as much as the players - then there’s no reason that a win can’t be earned but it will be hard earned.

How to follow the game

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  5. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by PistolPete » 04 Apr 2018 19:49

This is a HUGE game - win this and we can almost breath a sigh of relief - lose, and the Clement bounce is over already!

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by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 05 Apr 2018 00:02

thanks

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by genome » 06 Apr 2018 14:48

http://www.pne-online.net/forum/showthr ... f4fdbe0910

oxf*rd em. Shit atmosphere, shit fans, shit club. They'll never see any of my money.

Mate of mine in the know told me last summer that if they didn't go up this season, they would be going into administration. Oops.


Really... :roll:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by CountryRoyal » 06 Apr 2018 14:56

genome wrote:http://www.pne-online.net/forum/showthread.php?105803-Reading-Parking&s=82074c9304f332877a8244f4fdbe0910

oxf*rd em. Shit atmosphere, shit fans, shit club. They'll never see any of my money.

Mate of mine in the know told me last summer that if they didn't go up this season, they would be going into administration. Oops.


Really... :roll:


Ah yes, Deepdale that well known modern day cauldron of noise and atmosphere. I do like the artwork at Preston though, being able to look at Tom Finney and Bill Shankly throughout the game, you know, on account of all the empty fcuking seats.

Another fan with delusions of grandeur, Preston are a small nothing club in this division these days, fighting well above their weight.


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by Hound » 06 Apr 2018 15:46

Have to say was surprised at how empty their stadium was against Derby, given their position etc

Rubbish part of the world as well

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by John Smith » 06 Apr 2018 15:52

CountryRoyal wrote:Ah yes, Deepdale that well known modern day cauldron of noise and atmosphere. I do like the artwork at Preston though, being able to look at Tom Finney and Bill Shankly throughout the game, you know, on account of all the empty fcuking seats.

Another fan with delusions of grandeur, Preston are a small nothing club in this division these days, fighting well above their weight.

Very well put. When I last went that gentleman in the yellow turban was probably the only one in the block he was sat in.

Like a shit Leeds United.

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by Snowflake Royal » 06 Apr 2018 16:45

John Smith wrote:
CountryRoyal wrote:Ah yes, Deepdale that well known modern day cauldron of noise and atmosphere. I do like the artwork at Preston though, being able to look at Tom Finney and Bill Shankly throughout the game, you know, on account of all the empty fcuking seats.

Another fan with delusions of grandeur, Preston are a small nothing club in this division these days, fighting well above their weight.

Very well put. When I last went that gentleman in the yellow turban was probably the only one in the block he was sat in.

Like a shit Leeds United.

So exactly like Leeds then. Boom Cha.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by double d » 06 Apr 2018 23:01

Probably the most run down, depressing and horrible part of England I have ever been too (and Burnley). We need to win (or better Barnsley result) else will be deep in the shit.


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by tidus_mi2 » 07 Apr 2018 00:07

The one positive I would take from the Villa game is that Preston won't really have learnt anything from it, it was a right off the moment Edwards got sent off, so really they've only got the QPR game to go on with regards to how Clement will set the team up and even then, he had only had a brief amount of time with the entire squad at that point.

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by Woodcote Royal » 07 Apr 2018 00:59

As some of the observations above suggest, a fan base full to overflowing with ignorant and resentful northern scumbags while the club itself is not much better.

I remember one year the salvation army parked themselves in front of us and struck up while the match was in progress. Oddly enough, this seemed to follow a period of much noise from our fans and deathly silence from theirs :|

While I prefer our ground to theirs, they have made big improvements in recent times and it's now a decent place to watch football.

Anyone describing either venue as the worst they've been to has either not been to many grounds or, has an agenda.

From memory both clubs generally win the home fixture and get little joy away. Winning up there in the 106 campaign was an early sign that things were looking up!

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by tidus_mi2 » 07 Apr 2018 01:16

It's odd because as a club they've achieved very little, much like ourselves, I would go as far as discounting their first 2 league wins and first FA Cup as it was right at the start of football, there was only one league of 12 teams, so that leaves them with the 1938 FA Cup.

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by Sutekh » 07 Apr 2018 08:00

tidus_mi2 wrote:It's odd because as a club they've achieved very little, much like ourselves, I would go as far as discounting their first 2 league wins and first FA Cup as it was right at the start of football, there was only one league of 12 teams, so that leaves them with the 1938 FA Cup.


That's exactly what I said of Villa. If you discount everything they won prior to 1985 that leaves them with diddly squat apart from two league cups which we all know is just a mickey mouse competition that doesn't count for anything.


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by Mr Optimist » 07 Apr 2018 09:04

tidus_mi2 wrote:It's odd because as a club they've achieved very little, much like ourselves, I would go as far as discounting their first 2 league wins and first FA Cup as it was right at the start of football, there was only one league of 12 teams, so that leaves them with the 1938 FA Cup.


So, effectively you would have to be in your mid 80s to be able to personally remember the last time Preston won a major trophy.

And when did losing a play-off semi-final count as an "honour" lol

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by bloody Volvo driver » 07 Apr 2018 09:26

Pointless club from a pointless town that people only go to to change trains for Blackpool North.

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by PieEater » 07 Apr 2018 10:06

Woodcote Royal wrote:As some of the observations above suggest, a fan base full to overflowing with ignorant and resentful northern scumbags while the club itself is not much better.

I remember one year the salvation army parked themselves in front of us and struck up while the match was in progress. Oddly enough, this seemed to follow a period of much noise from our fans and deathly silence from theirs :|

While I prefer our ground to theirs, they have made big improvements in recent times and it's now a decent place to watch football.

Anyone describing either venue as the worst they've been to has either not been to many grounds or, has an agenda.

From memory both clubs generally win the home fixture and get little joy away. Winning up there in the 106 campaign was an early sign that things were looking up!


They do win in the pie stakes. Their pies are lovely.

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by Sutekh » 07 Apr 2018 10:18

bloody Volvo driver wrote:Pointless club from a pointless town that people only go to to change trains for Blackpool North.


Can say that about nearly every town. e.g. Reading is a pointless club (almost quite literally this season) from a pointless town that people only go to to change trains to get into London by a faster route

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by Hound » 07 Apr 2018 10:44

Sutekh wrote:
bloody Volvo driver wrote:Pointless club from a pointless town that people only go to to change trains for Blackpool North.


Can say that about nearly every town. e.g. Reading is a pointless club (almost quite literally this season) from a pointless town that people only go to to change trains to get into London by a faster route


Reading is the most important town/city in the SE after London. All Preston specialises in is shit weather

Actually do have quite a lot of respect for their team at the moment. Spent little and achieved their position on hard work and playing to their strengths. Fair play to them for that

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by Woodcote Royal » 07 Apr 2018 12:04

PieEater wrote:
Woodcote Royal wrote:As some of the observations above suggest, a fan base full to overflowing with ignorant and resentful northern scumbags while the club itself is not much better.

I remember one year the salvation army parked themselves in front of us and struck up while the match was in progress. Oddly enough, this seemed to follow a period of much noise from our fans and deathly silence from theirs :|

While I prefer our ground to theirs, they have made big improvements in recent times and it's now a decent place to watch football.

Anyone describing either venue as the worst they've been to has either not been to many grounds or, has an agenda.

From memory both clubs generally win the home fixture and get little joy away. Winning up there in the 106 campaign was an early sign that things were looking up!


They do win in the pie stakes. Their pies are lovely.


My days of taking issue with pie aficionados are long gone :P

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Preston North End (h) sponsored by the curse of Saturday

by Hound » 07 Apr 2018 14:15

Good side out today imo, exactly as I’d pick

Swift, Kelly and Bacuna midfield, Richards lb and bod up front

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