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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Preston North End

Our final match of 2017...

29 December 2017

Cardiff City return to action as they host Preston North End in-front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday, 29th December 2017.

PNE are on the road again after their 0-0 draw away at Barnsley on Boxing Day.

What to expect from the Lilywhites…

Preston are unbeaten in eight games, and currently sit ninth in the Sky Bet Championship table. Recent victories over the likes of Sheffield United and Bristol City have rejuvenated the Lancashire side, who last suffered an away defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of October.

The away side have shown good attacking instincts this term, with Jordan Hugill leading the way in terms of goals, netting on nine occasions so far. The 25 year-old has attracted plenty of interest from potential suitors, and the Lilywhites will be looking to keep hold of one of their prized possessions during the January transfer window.

Forward Tom Barkhuizen is another who has been influential in Preston’s recent form, having scored four goals and set up five for his teammates. The former Morecambe man has made 36 appearances since his move in January last year.

In the hot seat…

Preston is the third managerial hotseat that Alex Neil has had since his career began in 2013. Still only 36, the former Barnsley man started out as a player/manager at Hamilton. After two years in his native Scotland he was approached by Norwich City, and spent two years at Carrow Road before then taking the reins at Deepdale in July – replacing Simon Grayson who took over at Sunderland.

Previous meetings…

The last meeting between the two sides at CCS ended in a Bluebirds victory, with a Peter Whittingham penalty and a superb individual strike from Kenneth Zohore securing a 2-0 win and three points for Neil Warnock’s side.

There was a spell between 1968 and 1974 that City went 11 games unbeaten against the Lilywhites – playing out nine wins and two draws in a six-year period.

Club connections…

Paul Parry moved to Lancashire following five years in the Welsh capital in 2009. The former Welsh international went on to make 80 appearances and score on six occasions.

Former Bluebird Eoin Doyle is also still on the books at Preston, despite successive loan spells with Portsmouth and Oldham. Following 16 appearances during his time at CCS, Doyle spent the 2015/16 season on-loan with PNE before making the move permanent in June 2016.

Other players to play for both sides include Jon Parkin, Peter Sayer and Kurt Nogan.

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Match Report: City 0-1 Preston

Battling Bluebirds miss out on the points after a tough encounter…

29 December 2017

Tom Clarke's last minute header meant defeat for Cardiff City on December 29th.

Neil Warnock made three changes to his side for the visit of Preston North end -  Callum Paterson, Lee Tomlin and Liam Feeney all coming into the starting eleven.

It was the visitors that had the first real chance on goal. Paul Gallagher’s free-kick from 20 yards struck the Cardiff City wall before Daryl Horgan’s rebound was blocked by the City defence, with 22 minutes played.

Warnock’s men had their first attempt on goal five minutes later. Feeney produced some excellent footwork on the left before finding Nathaniel Mendez-Laing inside the area with an in-swinging cross. The former Rochdale man then set up Kenneth Zohore from 15 yards but the striker saw his promising right footed shot blocked by the Preston defence.

The hosts almost broke the deadlock just before half time. Joe Ralls with a left footed volley from 20 yards that travelled just wide of the near post via a crucial deflection.

Lee Tomlin had the first chance of the second half with 50 minutes on the clock. Paterson’s delivery from the right was met by our no.7, who directed the ball towards the far corner from 10 yards out. However Welsh shot-stopper Chris Maxwell was equal to the effort.

Substitute Junior Hoilett was unfortunate not to give Warnock’s side the lead with just under 20 minutes left. Zohore attempted to feed the Canadian international on the left but Maxwell came out to clear the opportunity.

At the other end, Alex Neil’s side had a big chance of their own. Tom Barkhuizen’s low shot from six yards was saved brilliantly by a diving Neil Etheridge with 73 minutes gone. Bruno Ecuele Manga then did superbly to clear the rebound out of Jordan Hugill’s path.

A tight match with very little between the two teams - the first goal was always going to be important and it came with less than a minute remaining, with Preston taking the lead. Skipper Tom Clarke heading in from close range following a dangerous corner kick from the left side.

Substitute Rhys Healey very nearly saved a point for Cardiff City deep into added time - but a expert stop from Maxwell ensured a win for the away team.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 0-1 PRESTON NORTH END

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Paterson, Bamba, Ecuele Manga, Peltier, Damour, Ralls, Tomlin (Healey 75’), Feeney (Hoilett 63’), Mendez-Laing, Zohore (Bogle 83’). Subs Not Used: Murphy, Pilkington, Halford, Connolly.

Preston North End: Maxwell, Cunningham (Woods 83’), Pearson, Clarke, Horgan (Robinson 68’), Browne, Hugill, Gallagher (Harrop 68’), Davies, Huntington, Barkhuizen. Subs Not Used: Rudd, O’Connor, Welsh, Mavididi.

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