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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 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12