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PREVIEW: PRESTON NORTH END (A) – FA CUP

3 January 2023

All you need to know ahead of our FA Cup Third Round tie

- Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town
- Terriers return to Emirates FA Cup action
- Listen on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town return to Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday 7 January 2022; 12.30pm, travelling to Deepdale for the second time in as many away games to play Preston North End in the Third Round.

For the second time in 12 days, our Terriers travel to Deepdale – this time hoping to progress further in the Emirates FA Cup

We go into this game wanting to get back to winning ways after our home defeat to Luton Town on New Year’s Day following  back-to-back wins against Preston on Boxing Day and Rotherham United on Thursday 29 December.

Preston North End come into this tie after a stoppage-time winner from Ched Evans against Stoke City on Monday 2 January.

THE OPPOSITION

This is the fourth time the Lilywhites will face our Terriers in the 2022/23 season following a Carabao Cup game at the beginning of the season as well as both Sky Bet Championship fixtures. Preston have won both games hosted at the John Smith’s Stadium but were defeated by Town at Deepdale on Boxing Day.

Ryan Lowe’s side will be looking to progress to the Fourth Round Proper this year as they were knocked out at the Third Round last season away at Cardiff City.

ONES TO WATCH

Greg Cunningham

The defender broke through for Preston and made over 100 appearances between 2015 to 2018 before he made a move to Cardiff City. Spending three seasons with the Bluebirds, he eventually returned to Deepdale on an initial loan spell, however the move was soon made permanent with a deal agreed until the summer of 2023. Cunningham has scored both of his goals this season against Town in the two Sky Bet Championship fixtures, so we'll do well to put an end to that run.

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Ali McCann

The midfielder joined Preston on deadline day in August 2021 on a four-year deal after he had previously spent his career with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone. In his first season at Deepdale, McCann made 28 appearances and scored in a fantastic away victory over AFC Bournemouth. The 23-year-old netted a brace against Town earlier this season in the Carabao Cup in August as the Terrriers exited the competition at the John Smith's Stadium.

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Ched Evans

The forward initially signed for Preston on loan from Fleetwood Town, but he went on to sign a permanent contract until the summer of 2023 after making a good impression at Deepdale. This season, Ched Evans has scored six goals and assisted one other in 21 appearances, making him the Lilywhites top scorer at present. In a good run of form, Evans scored a dramatic winner last time out in added time for Preston as they overcame Stoke City.

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FA CUP FORMAT 

The tie between Town and Preston will go to a replay at the John Smith's Stadium should the score be level after 90 minutes.

TEAM NEWS

Head Coach Mark Fotheringham will provide full team news at his next press conference on Friday 6 January.

KIT

We will be wearing our pink third kit in our FA Cup tie at Deepdale.

CLICK HERE to get your 2022/23 third kit!

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HOW TO WATCH

Tickets are on sale online until 2pm on Friday 6 January – CLICK HERE – and are available to purchase from the Ticket Office.

Adults (25-64) - £10
Seniors (65+) - £5
Young Adults (19-24) - £5
Juniors (11-18) - £5
Under-11s (must be accompanied by an over 18) - £5

DISABLED SUPPORTERS

Disabled supporters should pay the appropriate age band above, with a companion ticket provided complimentary if required.

iFOLLOW HTAFC

If you’re unable to attend the game, you’ll be able to listen along via iFollow HTAFC if you have a Season Audio Pass or a Monthly Audio Pass. 

If you do not have either of these subscriptions, you will not be able to purchase a Single Audio Pass and will only be able to buy a Monthly Audio Pass. 

CLICK HERE to buy your Monthly Audio Pass on iFollow HTAFC!

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Match Reports

REPORT: PRESTON NE 3-1 TOWN

7 January 2023

Terriers knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup

- Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town
- Florian Kamberi scores his first goal for the club
- Three soft goals condemn Town to defeat

Preston North End got quick revenge for our recent league win at Deepdale by knocking Town out of the Emirates FA Cup at the Third Round stage.

After a cagey opening first half, the game exploded into life in an action-packed second when substitute Florian Kamberi scored a debut goal to put us ahead.

However, Town then conceded three soft goals in the final half hour to be eliminated from the competition.

Mark Fotheringham named Town’s youngest line-up of the season for the tie, with four players making their first starts for the club. New recruit Matt Lowton added his vast experience to the side at right wing back, whilst goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic, defender Loick Ayina and striker Tyreece Simpson also came into the side.

Preston enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening 45, although lots of it was in their defensive third as they looked for a way through Town’s resolute defence.

Australia Under-23 international Bilokapic was kept busy, however, and did well with his first actions – an assertive punch to clear Alan Browne’s 11th minute corner and then a good save from Ryan Ledson five minutes later. The second was a well-worked move down our right from the hosts, with Alvaro Fernandez’ pull-back finding Ledson 20 yards out; however, Nick got a strong hand to the ball diving low to his right.

At the other end, Jack Rudoni intercepted a pass and tried to set Kaine Kesler-Hayden into the box with a reverse pass, only for the Aston Villa loanee to stumble as he received the ball.

Browne and Johnson hit speculative curling efforts off target for Preston as the half continued before Simpson’s strength and pace almost paid dividends on the counter, only for defender Andrew Hughes to cover and clear the danger after the forward had rolled past the first defender.

For all Preston’s possession, it was the Terriers who went closest to breaking the first half deadlock in the 36th minute. Sorba Thomas worked the ball across to the left before checking onto his right and crossing into the area, where Rudoni knocked it down to Simpson; the former Ipswich man was caught slightly off balance, but still managed to improvise a volley that clipped the angle of post and bar before dropping dead.

The last meaningful action of the half involved French teenager Ayina. Watchers of the B Team will know the centre back is an aggressive player and, having been booked earlier in the game, he committed a foul on Mikey O’Neill by the touchline that had the home fans and players asking for a red card. Fortunately referee Anthony Backhouse opted for a final warning and Fotheringham wasted no time in withdrawing the debutant, with Will Boyle replacing him.

January signing Kamberi, who has trained with the Terriers since November, was brought on for his debut during the interval, and soon scored his first goal in our colours.

The strike came after Town forced two corners just before the hour, with the second not being effectively cleared by the home defence. Alvarez and goalkeeper Woodman got in each other’s way, allowing Helik to loop a cross back into the area – eventually Boyle nodded the ball across to Kamberi, who expertly half-volleyed home on his left foot from around 12 yards out.

Unfortunately, the lead was short lived, with Preston equalising three minutes later. Kasumu gave away a free kick that was initially cleared by Helik, but Woodburn beat Kasumu to the loose ball before delivering a pacey cross into the area that hit Tom Lees on the knees and fired past a helpless Bilokapic.

The big moment in the game came in the 64th minute, when Town didn’t score a golden opportunity. Kasumu caught Preston playing out and seized the ball before entering the area, drawing the goalkeeper and sliding a pass left to Kamberi; the forward looked to place the ball home first time, but somehow defender Diaby got back to block it off the line.

With that chance still fresh in the memory, Preston took the lead for the first time. Helik handled the ball, allowing Preston another free kick, and the delivery from Ledson hit Kasumu before dropping to Diaby, who gleefully volleyed home.

Town tried to fight back gamely, but Preston secured passage to the fourth round in the 85th minute when Alan Browne beat Kesler-Hayden to another delivery into the box from Ledson that dropped at the back post, finishing at close range.

Town’s team (5-4-1)
Nicholas Bilokapic; Matthew Lowton (Brahima Diarra, 70’), Tom Lees (c), Michał Helik, Loick Ayina (Will Boyle, 38’), Kaine Kesler-Hayden; Sorba Thomas, David Kasumu (Kian Harratt, 74’), Etienne Camara, Jack Rudoni (Duane Holmes, 46’); Tyreece Simpson (Florian Kamberi, 46’)

Unused substitutes
Jacob Chapman; Jordan Rhodes, Josh Ruffels, Ben Jackson

Town Goal
Florian Kamberi (57’)

Town Bookings
Loick Ayina (18’), David Kasumu (60’), Michał Helik (71’)

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