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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24