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Deepdale (ATT 8,132) 18th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Bates

Preston Preston North End vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Preston 5

J Byrom (28)
S Beavon (29)
J King (65)
S Laird (84, 87)

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Laird rubs salt in Pools' wounds

Last Updated: 18/09/12 11:43pm

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Beavon: Netted for PNE

Beavon: Netted for PNE

Scott Laird struck two late goals as Preston got back to winning ways in style with a thumping 5-0 victory over Hartlepool at Deepdale.

North End boss Graham Westley made four changes to the side that lost to Crawley at the weekend and they responded with an emphatic victory in Tuesday night's League One encounter.

Westley's men have now won three of their last four league games, while Neale Cooper's Hartlepool remain without an away win since March.

Joel Byrom's opener, his first for the club, owed much to a momentary lapse in concentration from Peter Hartley, who needlessly conceded a corner with a misdirected pass-back.

Preston did not relent from that set piece until Byrom thrashed his first goal for the club into the top corner before Stuart Beavon doubled the lead little more than a minute later, curling a sumptuous effort into the top corner from outside the box.

Substitute Jack King headed a third from Beavon's excellent cross midway through the second half, and left back Laird then scored a rare double in the last seven minutes to complete the rout.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20