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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 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29