PNE fans praised

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Preston North End supporters have been given a pat on the back for their behaviour during Saturday’s victory over promotion rivals MK Dons.

The clash at the stadium:mk attracted a following of 1,994 from PNE, the fans enjoying a 2-0 win in the sunshine.

A tweet on Sunday from PNE Police, the official account of the North End football intelligence unit, praised the away support.

It read: “Morning after the day before, 2,000 North Enders, 14 coaches, 700 on trains, two goals, three massive points, 0 arrests, who said you need a pyro to party #pnefc.”

The pyro reference was in relation to previous games where flares have been let off.

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North End fans before kick-off at MK Dons

North End fans before kick-off at MK Dons

Three times this season, the club have been written to by the FA asking for their observations after flares were thrown in the away games at Bristol City and Oldham and in the home clash with Manchester United.

The MK Dons match was flare-free, an indication that warnings about the use of them have been heeded.

North End laid on a football special train, in conjunction with club sponsor Virgin Trains, to transport 450 fans to Milton Keynes.

That was deemed a huge success, with a fleet of buses ferrying supporters to and from the station to the ground.

Preston’s following at MK Dons was the seventh highest of the weekend in the Football League and the 10th highest overall.

It was their fourth best away contingent of the season, with the 2,844 who went to Rochdale on November 1 being the highest.

The Christmas visit to Crewe attracted 2,179, while the trip to Oldham a week last Saturday saw 2,117 North End fans make the trip.

Preston’s next away game is the Gentry Day trip over the Pennines to Barnsley on March 21.

The club have been given 4,000 tickets for the Oakwell clash, with big numbers set to make the journey.