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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 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20