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Deepdale (ATT 8,899) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Eltrigham

Preston Preston North End vs Bournemouth B'mouth

Preston 2

S Beavon (19)
B Wright (31)

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Preston stun league leaders

Last Updated: 16/02/13 6:57pm

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Stuart Beavon: Broke the deadlock

Stuart Beavon: Broke the deadlock

Preston began life without Graham Westley in perfect fashion as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Deepdale.

Westley was sacked as manager after 13 months in charge at Deepdale in midweek with the side having won just once in League One since November.

But Stuart Beavon lifted the gloom with a fine strike after 19 minutes and Bailey Wright doubled the lead before the break to dent the Cherries' title push.

Bournemouth's Brett Pitman and Preston's John Welsh both enjoyed sights of goal before Beavon gave the Lilywhites the lead, rifling a low 20-yard strike past Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal.

Preston then doubled their advantage after 31 minutes when Wright bundled in Nicky Wroe's free-kick from two yards.

Lee Holmes broke free of the Cherries' midfield just before the hour, but his 20-yard drive flew wide of the right post.

Steve Cook headed Matt Ritchie's cross harmlessly over after 66 minutes and Pitman then had the chance to grab one back with 10 minutes remaining, but made minimal contact with Ritchie's centre.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19