Westley claims first PNE win
Last Updated: February 14, 2012 10:54pm
Mayor: Scored late screamer
Graham Westley claimed his first win as Preston manager as Danny Mayor's stunning strike earned his side a 1-0 win over Hartlepool at Deepdale.
Yet the visitors, who lost for the first time in six games, dominated the first half and should have been out of sight by the time substitute Mayor settled matters with a 77th-minute screamer.
James Brown poked a weak shot at Thorsten Stuckmann before the goalkeeper saved from Antony Sweeney and the loose ball evaded Andy Monkhouse.
Then Luke James, Hartlepool's teenage talent again watched by a pack of scouts, tore past defender Jamie McAllister and curled a left-foot shot inches wide of the far post with Stuckmann beaten.
Preston's first shot on target came with the goal. Mayor ran at the defence after cutting in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Scott Flinders.
Hartlepool wasted four chances to level in the 90th minute. Substitute Colin Nish was denied by Stuckmann and Nicky Hunt blocked the follow up on the line. Monkhouse headed against the crossbar and then nodded the rebound wide.
npower League 1
Tue 14th Feb
Bournemth1 - 2Leyton Or
Bury1 - 1Chesterfld
Carlisle0 - 0Tranmere
Charlton2 - 1MK Dons
Huddersfld0 - 1Sheff Utd
Notts Co2 - 1Exeter
Oldham2 - 1Walsall
Preston1 - 0Hartlepool
Scunthorpe1 - 0Rochdale
Wycombe2 - 3Yeovil
Sheff Wed0 - 1Stevenage
Colchester2 - 1Brentford
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