Goals and Highlights: Preston 2-1 Newcastle, Friendly Game as it happened
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FT: Preston 2-1 Newcastle
A positive second half display gives Alex Neil's men the win in their final pre-season game before the 2019/20 campaign.

Two penalties from Paul Gallagher cancelled out a Jonjo Shelvey free kick in the first half.

Newcastle's next friendly fixture is against Hibernian on Tuesday, whilst PNE face Millwall at the Den on Saturday in the Championship.

Preston almost made it three just before the final whistle as Barkhuizen found Browne whose shot was blocked to prevent a certain goal.

Brad Potts then hit the rebound over the bar. 

Full time: Preston 2-1 Newcastle 
89’ Brad Potts gives the ball away to Almiron who shoots from distance well over the bar.
85’ There’s five minutes plus stoppage time to go in this one.

Preston have been the better of the two sides in this second half and seem much sharper.

Newcastle looking for an equaliser though and have a free kick.

77’ Colback breaks through the North End defence but Rudd closed the angle down and made a great save. 
71’ Preston were awarded another penalty and Gallagher made no mistake and got his second of the game.



Paul Gallagher slams the penalty into the back of the net.


Penalty to PNE! 

Clarke’s cross is handled by Sterry. 

58’ Murphy’s effort is blocked well by Tom Clarke before looping just over the bar.

The resulting corner comes to nothing. 

Newcastle's second half XI


47’ Declan Rudd dives to his right to save Almiron’s effort. 


Joelinton’s first touch takes the ball away from the defender and he is fouled.

Off we go for the second half at Deepdale.

Newcastle make nine changes. 

Half-time: PNE 0-1 Newcastle 
45’ Muto is slipped through but his effort is blocked brilliantly from Ben Davies.

Aarons wanted the pass but Muto went for goal himself.

39’ GOAL!

Schar makes a 60 yard run from defence to win his side a free kick.

Shelvey’s effort was central and should have been saved from Rudd but it’s in to the back of the net. 

35’ A second booking for Newcastle.

Ritchie with a late swing at Alan Browne, the resulting free kick comes to nothing. 

30’ A free kick for Preston falls to Tom Clarke whose volley is blocked well by Ritchie. 
25’ CLOSE!

Matt Ritchie with another great ball in, Shelvey’s low and powerful effort was saved well from Rudd. 

23’ The first real chance of the game comes to Newcastle.

Isaac Hayden shooting just over from the edge of the box.

22’ Matty Longstaff is booked for a late challenge on Tom Clarke.

The 19-year-old’s challenge was high and probably deserved a yellow card despite this being a friendly.

21’ Ritchie with a good ball in from the left hand side, Rudd punches clear and Hughes is able to clear for Preston.
18’ Barkhuizen came straight back on for Preston who are now looking the better side.

Newcastle have been unable to create anything so far whilst PNE’s pace in attack is causing problems.

12’ A good header from Maguire to Barkhuizen who goes down under a recovery tackle.

The physio is on. 

8’ No real chances so far in this one, Newcastle keeping possession well. 
10 minute warning
There’s just 10 minutes until kick-off here at Deepdale.

Steve Bruce takes charge of his side from the touch line for the first time, whilst Alex Neil’s men face their final test before the start of their season. 

Newcastle's record signing Joelinton does not start today, Muto, who impressed in the recent victory over West Ham, starts upfront.

It's a fairly strong lineup from Steve Bruce which will give the Championship side a good test.

Newcastle team news

As expected PNE make changes from yesterday’s game, this is considered to be their strongest team at the moment out of those who are fit.

Billy Bodin is not risked after stretching his knee in midweek. 

Preston team news

Team news coming up
We will be bringing you the team news from Deepdale shortly.

Preston are expected to make 11 changes from last nights defeat to Fleetwood. 

Where to watch
You can sign up for a paid subscription to 'iFollow PNE' through the official Preston North End website to watch all of the action live.

If that's not possible for you, we will be keeping you up to date live with everything going on at Deepdale.

Newcastle's pre-season so far
Newcastle have played two friendly games so far in this campaign, both in the Asia Trophy against Wolves and West Ham.

They were comfortably beaten 4-0 by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, before winning 1-0 against West Ham with Steve Bruce watching on what was an impressive display.

Record signing Joelinton could make his debut
Brazilian striker Joelinton, who signed for Newcastle for a record fee believed to be around £40 million, could make his debut against Preston.

The 22-year-old was signed from Hoffenheim and has experience playing in the Champions League, with Steve Bruce delighted to have him in his squad.

He said: “I think I’ve always said that you’re only as good as your strikers, whatever division you’re in, but especially in the Premier League. What we were lacking was a typical No. 9, a typical centre forward.

We haven’t really had one since Rondón left the club. He’s an ideal replacement and we’re delighted we’ve got him.”

A Newcastle transfer target could play for the Championship side
It has been reported that Steve Bruce is a big fan of North End’s central defender Ben Davies, who has massively impressed over the past couple of seasons.

He came through the academy at Preston and after a range of loan spells at the likes of York City and Fleetwood Town, has become one of their prize assets.

It is believed by everyone surrounding the club that his future will be in the Premier League, whilst he will have just 12 months left on his contract this time next year.

Plenty of changes expected for PNE
Tonight (Friday), the day before they face Newcastle, Alex Neil’s men face Fleetwood in their penultimate friendly game, meaning there will almost certainly be a completely different XI against the Magpies to what will play at Highbury.

So, the Fleetwood game will give us a good indicator as to who could be starting for Preston against Newcastle.

Preston's pre-season so far
The Lilywhites began their pre-season campaign with comfortable wins away from home against Cork, Fylde and Chorley, scoring eight goals and keeping three clean sheets.

They then faced a difficult test against Premier League opposition in Southampton, losing 3-1 despite an excellent piece of individual quality from Billy Bodin who got the goal for North End.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL’s live minute-by-minute coverage of Newcastle United’s trip to Deepdale on Saturday, as Steve Bruce takes charge of his first game from the touchline.

His side face Alex Neil’s Preston North End team in their final pre-season game before the start of their Championship season next Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:00PM.