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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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3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
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8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
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16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
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22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39