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Preston North End v Millwall Deepdale 15/2/2020
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Back on home sod after two aways games were we have taken maximum points would be quite funny if we are level with Leeds on points on Saturday night.
After last night's win at Stoke this time do expect some rotation to meet the slightly more physical style of Millwall.
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The Lions had been on a good run however they have played some heavyweights this week, losing to WBA on Sunday before getting a useful point against Fulham last night.
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They have picked up under new manager Gary Rowett who replaced Neil Harris who probably realised he could go no further with this squad. They have some useful players Jed Wallace, Tom Bradshaw the gant Matt Smith who always seems to score against us.
Last season we just about hung on to win 3-2 against the Lions and expect a similar game this Saturday these lads give 100 % all the time and are not easy to play against.
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Three wins in a week would be nice but this is no gmme, this is the return of the opening game of the season which was played when it was warm this Saturday it's storm Dennis wind and rain wonderful

Match Officials: Millwall Home

It’s a first Preston North End game of the season for Tony Harrington when he is the match official for Saturday’s clash with Gary Rowett’s Millwall at Deepdale.

Last season the north east official took charge of three PNE games, the March trip to Reading, the 2-0 cup win at Leeds United back in August 2018 and the home game against West Bromwich Albion that autumn.

Tony has been a familiar face over recent seasons. In 2017/18 he visited Deepdale twice, the Lilywhites’ opening day 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in Alex Neil’s first competitive game in charge of the club, and our Bank Holiday Monday clash with Derby County.
The previous season he also took charge of another two North End games, the 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest and the thrilling 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale.

The match official, who is now in his ninth year on the EFL list, has also been to PR1 on a number of previous occasions in the past, including the 2014/15 penalty win against Oldham Athletic in the JPT and the club’s last two home league games against Notts County, including a 2-0 win over the Magpies at Deepdale in February 2014.

This will be the Cleveland referee’s 27th game of the season, having refereed opponents Millwall’s 2-1 defeat at Reading in November and their third round Emirates FA Cup win over Newport County at The Den and so far he had issued 64 cautions and three red cards.

He will be joined by assistants Jonathan Hunt and Tim Wood, whilst Lewis Smith will be the fourth


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Preston North End 0 Millwall 1 Hutchinson

NE: Rudd, Clarke, Bauer, Davies, Hughes, Pearson, Browne (Gallagher 65), Barkhuizen, Johnson, Sinclair (Harrop 65) Nugent (Maguire 76). Subs (not used): Hudson, Rafferty, Potts, Stockley.

Millwall: Bialkowski, Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper, Romeo, Molumby, Woods, M Wallace, J Wallace (Smith 90), Bodvarsson (Leonard 85), Bradshaw (Mahoney 75). Subs (not used): Ferguson, O'Brien, Skalak, Steele.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 12,468 (724 away)

No complaints about the result today the better siide won, although we did fall into the trap of hammering the ball skywards against a side with some big lads at the back in it, saying that though looks like Rowett is copying Wilder's style of play with the Blunts with two of the back three going forward to make extra attackers.
With the win Rowett keeps his unbeaten run against us in truth no matter how bad we were today that was a decent Millwall side we played and credit to the 700 away support who were loud for the entire game.
Two changes Nugent and Clarke starting for Maguire and Fisher, we dominated the first 15 minutes Sinclair two efforts which were saved and a Johnson shot which was blocked by Bialkowski before Nugent put the rebound over the bar wasn't a difficult chance. Apart from one Barkhuizen effort which went wide near half time and a Gallagher free kick which was well saved by the keeper at the death we created sod all as the visitors took a grip on the game. As usual they were fdangerous from corners and there first real chance fell at the feet of central defender Cooper whose run was blocked by a defender.
Close to half time Jed Wallace best player on the pitch in my view fired straight at Rudd when maybe shoud have done better.
Conditions deteriorated but it was still the visitors who looked dangerous again causing havoc from corners.

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North End nearly gifted the visitors the lead Davies slip let in Bradshaw he advanced on goal but hit the top of the bar a let off but not for long, we failed to deal with another corner and the ball was put back into the box, everybody stopped bar Hutchinson who nodded past Rudd, no more than Millwall deserved.
In the remaining minutes never looked like breaking them down apart from Gally's free kick.
Still sixth but more performances like that and we could be struggling.

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought we started really brightly. We had two or three good chances. I felt for the first 30 minutes we were really good.

"With 30 minutes to go I thought, 'Do we go for it or do we settle for a point?' I made two aggressive substitutes to try and go for it. But we never really got a hold of it.

"It didn't really work if I'm being honest. We struggled to influence the game in the final 15 minutes."
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