Deepdale hasn't always offered Preston North End home comforts

Preston North End’s poor home form will come back sharply into focus this week ahead of the return to action after the international break.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 12:50 pm

The Lilywhites resume with back-to-back matches at Deepdale against Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn.

They’ve lost all five home Championship games this season, scoring just the one goal.

In contrast their away form is the joint best in the division with Bristol City.

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Preston North End's Deepdale ground under the floodlights

Only once before had a PNE lost five on the spin in the league at Deepdale, that being in the 1958/59 season.

It came in the second-half of that campaign, different timing to this season’s early wobble.

History shows that North End have had poor home starts and recovered.

As recently as the 2016/17 season, they lost their opening three Championship games at Deepdale.

PNE winger Scott Sinclair during the home defeat against Cardiff City

PNE lost only three more home matches that campaign to finish with 11 wins,six draws and six defeats.

That home recovery featured a nine-game unbeaten run during the second-half of the season.

Under Billy Davies in the 2005/06, PNE didn’t win a league game at home until November 1.

They only lost twice but drew six times, finding the net just three times.

It was a win drought they ended impressively, with a 3-0 victory over Hull City.

In the 1999/2000 Second Division title-winning season, Preston won one, drew one and lost two of their opening four home matches.

That gave way to winning nine on the bounce at Deepdale between September and late January.

Going back to the 1987/88 season, it was a campaign of contrasting halves in terms of PNE’s home league form.

Newly promoted to the Third Division, North End won only one of their first 11 league fixtures at Deepdale.

In that one they had to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 – Brian Mooney and Tony Ellis making their debuts that afternoon.

As the season went on, John McGrath’s men lost just one of their other 12 home matches, that being on the final day.

Winding the clock back to the present day, it is an immediate repair which is needed at Deepdale.

Arguably they need to take points from both Wednesday and Rovers, ahead of two tough away trips to Watford and Bournemouth.

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