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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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40