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Deepdale (ATT 9,812) 15th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Preston Preston North End vs Crawley Town Crawley

Preston 1

P Huntington (90+1)

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Crawley 2

G Alexander (54, 58)

Alexander double downs Preston

Last Updated: 15/09/12 6:53pm

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Alexander: Two-goal hero

Alexander: Two-goal hero

Gary Alexander grabbed his second double of the season to fire Crawley to a 2-1 victory at Preston North End.

The Lilywhites were unbeaten in five league and cup games but after Stuart Beavon and John Welsh wasted chances in an open first half they had no answer to Alexander.

The 33-year-old striker headed Crawley in front in the 54th minute before crashing a superb shot past Thorsten Stuckmann four minutes later to seal the win despite Paul Huntington's late effort.

Nicky Adams drilled the ball past the post for the Red Devils after 23 minutes, but from the next real chance Alexander headed home from Adams' cross to give Crawley the lead.

The Town skipper doubled the advantage by rolling Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on the edge of the box and curling the ball around Stuckmann.

Huntington slid home a late response for Preston from Joel Byrom's free-kick but they could not force a leveller in a frantic finish.

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1 Fleetwood Town 3 9
2 Bradford City 3 7
3 Bristol City 3 7
4 Milton Keynes Dons 3 6
5 Peterborough United 3 6
6 Chesterfield 3 6
7 Crawley Town 3 6
8 Preston North End 3 5
9 Port Vale 3 5
10 Doncaster Rovers 3 4
11 Swindon Town 3 4
12 Leyton Orient 3 4
13 Gillingham 3 4
14 Coventry City 3 4
15 Barnsley 3 4
16 Notts County 3 4
17 Rochdale 3 3
18 Sheffield United 3 3
19 Yeovil Town 3 3
20 Walsall 3 2
21 Oldham Athletic 3 2
22 Colchester United 3 1
23 Crewe Alexandra 3 0
24 Scunthorpe United 3 0