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Preview: Preston North End

21 September 2021

Having already made history by reaching the Carabao Cup third round for the first time in the club's history, Cheltenham Town travel to Preston North End on Tuesday aiming to mark another milestone (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Standing in the team's way is a very tough outing against Championship opposition in Preston who will be hoping they can secure safe passage through to the last 16 of the competition with a win over the Robins.

Bristol Rovers and Gillingham have already been beaten in the first two stages of the competition for Cheltenham, and claiming a Championship scalp would be a welcome addition to what has been a very positive start to the new League One season.

Team news

Injuries rule out Callum Wright and Liam Sercombe, while it may be too soon for Charlie Raglan to return.

Kyle Vassell is expected to be involved again after scoring in the first round of the competition, however fellow strikers Kyle Joseph and Christian Norton are unavailable because they are cup-tied.

Dylan Barkers (pictured) has been recalled from his loan spell at Southern Premier Central side Alvechurch.

Media talk

With back-to-back away league matches at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland to come in the week ahead, Michael Duff is preparing his team for what he believes could be their toughest few days of the campaign.

"It's probably the most difficult week we could have," he said.

"Going away on a Tuesday, away on a Saturday, away on a Tuesday against a Championship team and teams that are in the top two in the league.

"This week more than ever we'll have our backs against the walls and the games might pan out slightly different."

See Duff's pre-match press conference by watching for free on iFollow.

Preston North End boss Frankie McAvoy told their website: "3-5-2, 3-4-3 in terms of how they play. They’re solid, big as well and decent. I think they’re sitting ninth in the league below us so it’ll be a tough game, I don’t think there’s any question or doubt about that.

“They had a good victory on Saturday against Oxford United and they’re in good fettle."

Opposition

Unbeaten in six games in all competitions heading into Tuesday's tie, Preston North End find themselves sat 17th in the Championship table.

So far they have defeated Mansfield Town and Morecambe to reach the third round of this year's Carabao Cup.

They have a plethora of options for their squad for Tuesday. From Republic of Ireland international forward Sean Maguire to another Ireland international in Greg Cunningham, and new signing Connor Wickham to long-serving Jamaica international Daniel Johnson.

The manager: Frankie McAvoy

A former postal cadet, Frankie McAvoy was appointed as Preston North End boss in May, his first managerial position in the game.

It came after he succeeded Alex Neil in the role having served as his number two.

Previously he worked as an academy coach at Dunfermline Athletic and Hamilton Academical. He moved into English football when Neil was appointed Norwich City boss and then followed him again to Preston.

Tickets & travel

Ticket prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Young Adult (19-24) £5
Under 19 (0-18) £1

The Travel Club coach will be leaving from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 2pm.

The price of a seat on the coach is:

Non Members £20/£18
Members £18/£16
Junior Robins £8

Coverage

Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news and updates, CTFC on Facebook for score updates and @CTFCofficial on Instagram.

Website: Read the match report post-match and see reaction to the result from inside the camp.

Radio: Tune in to live commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow, on Sky Sports and on the CTFC YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Preston North End 4-1 Robins

21 September 2021

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A spirited second half display wasn't enough to prevent Cheltenham Town from exiting the Carabao Cup against higher level opposition at Preston North End.

Two goals down at the break, the introduction of striker Kyle Vassell off the bench and a change of shape sparked the Robins into life, and Vassell halved the deficit shortly after coming on.

Republic of Ireland international Sean Maguire and Dane Emil Riis made sure of Preston's place in the last 16 though when they scored late on to secure them safe passage.

It brings to an end Cheltenham's best ever performance in the competition, where wins over Bristol Rovers and Gillingham in earlier rounds confirmed a third round place for the first time.

The match failed to get going from the start, and it wasn't until Greg Cunningham and Maguire directed efforts on goal, with the latter bringing a save from Owen Evans, was there to be any attacking action.

Preston's two chances were just a warm up for their opening goal shortly after. Andrew Hughes was the scorer, rising highest in the box to head in a corner.

They made it 2-0 on 37 minutes. Joe Rafferty got on the end of Cunningham's ball to continue their control of the tie.

Alfie May forced a rare shot on the Preston goal in response, though it was charged down, while at the other end Cunningham got on the end of a fantastic forward pass but saw his attempt saved by Evans.

In the early stages of the second half Cheltenham changed their shape to a 4-3-3, leading to the introduction of Vassell as a substitute, and the Northern Ireland international halved the deficit within two minutes of coming on when he smashed in emphatically.

Vassell saw a couple of half chances go close as he looked to equalise, while Maguire at the other end was kept out by Evans, with his header from a Ben Whiteman corner also narrowly going over.

His persistence in front of goal would eventually tell however when as the game entered its final ten minutes, Maguire turned well in the box and slipped the ball in to restore Preston's two goal advantage.

There was a fourth goal to come in the depths of stoppage time. Riis slotted for the home side to confirm their place in the last 16.

PRESTON: D Rudd, G Cunningham, B Whiteman, L Lindsay (S Van Den Berg 31), A McCann, J Storey, J Rafferty, A Hughes, E Riis, C Wickham (S Maguire 7), B Potts (A Browne 80)

Subs not used: D Iversen, A O'Reilly, J Earl, J Rodwell-Grant

ROBINS: O Evans, G Horton, L Freestone, M Pollock, M Blair (E Bonds 78), C Hussey, C Thomas (C Raglan 78), D Barkers, T Perry, A May, A Williams (K Vassell 54)

Subs not used: S Flinders, S Long, W Armitage

Referee: D Whitestone

Attendance: 6,561 (218 Robins)

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Ticket News

Tickets & travel: Preston North End

7 September 2021

Tickets and away travel for the upcoming Carabao Cup third round fixture at Preston North End are on sale at the ticket office.

The Robins head to Deepdale for the first time on Tuesday 21 September for what is also the club's first appearance at the third round stage of the competition.

Fans can buy tickets for the game, as well as away travel, in person at the ticket office or online at any time.

Ticket prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Young Adult (19-24) £5
Under 19 (0-18) £1

The Travel Club coach will be leaving from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 2pm.

The price of a seat on the coach is: 

Non Members £20/£18
Members £18/£16
Junior Robins £8

Book your tickets and away travel from the ticket office or head online to purchase.

Any tickets bought through the club but not collected before the game will be available to collect from the ticket office at Preston on the night.

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