As it happened: Preston North End 1-1 Norwich City
It's the start of a new era at Preston North End as they host Norwich City for Frankie McAvoy's first game in charge.
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LIVE: PNE vs Norwich City
Last updated: Friday, 02 April, 2021, 15:10
It's Frankie time!
Frankie McAvoy will lead Preston North End into action for the first time today and start what he hopes can be a productive time in charge.
It is 12 days since McAvoy was asked to take the reins from Alex Neil and given the title of interim head coach.
The international break delayed him standing in the technical area as the main man but the Scotsman will be there this afternoon (3pm) as the Lilywhites host Norwich City at Deepdale.
McAvoy says that will be a proud moment as the quest starts to get the points needed to keep PNE a safe distance from the relegation places.
Although the build-up has been a long one, the interim head coach has enjoyed it.
McAvoy said: “We are all working together for a common goal which is to win as many games as possible.”
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A long time coming
North End are looking to secure back to back home league wins against Norwich City for the first time since 2007, last time winning 3-1 at Deepdale.
A lovely day for football!
One away from history for the visitors
Norwich have so far recorded 13 away wins this season, that is the joint most in their league history having also done so in 2014/15 where Alex Neil steered them to the Premier League.
A fresh start
There is a much more relaxed atmosphere around the fan base for today’s game at a sunny Deepdale.
Though Frankie McAvoy was a part of the old coaching setup, he’s going to be given the chance to do his own thing and he has the fans looking forward to a game again.
PNE Starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Sinclair, Ledson, Johnson, Barkhuizen, Riis, Evans.
PNE Subs: Huntington, Molumby, Bayliss, Whiteman, Potts, Gordon, Bodin, Maguire, Hudson.
Frankie McAvoy makes three changes in his first game in charge, Joe Rafferty, Anthony Gordon and Ben Whiteman all miss out whilst Andrew Hughes, Tom Barkhuizen and Emil Riis step in.
Here come the teams...
The visitors are out on the Deepdale surface, with North End following on after. Kick off is just moments away!
Norwich get the game underway!
Barkhuizen’s long throw is nodded behind.
Ledson’s cross is headed over at the far post by Storey.
Ryan Ledson is booked for a late tackle on Emi Buendia in the middle of the pitch.