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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 6,366) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Adcock

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Preston North End Preston

Crewe 1

B Inman (32)

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Bradden Inman: Match-winning strike

Bradden Inman: Match-winning strike

Bradden Inman's first-half strike kept Crewe's faint play-off hopes alive with a 1-0 home win over Preston.

The visitors almost took an early lead but Graham Cummins' first-time shot was kept out by the feet of goalkeeper Alan Martin.

Inman then audaciously flicked the ball over Paul Connolly's head and unleashed a rasping volley which Declan Rudd did well to save at his near post before the keeper had to palm away Mark Ellis' header.

Preston went close twice but Martin dived low to deny Cummins and then Joe Garner in quick succession.

But Crewe broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Kelvin Mellor cutback for Inman to fire home from 12 yards.

Garner swung a shot over the bar after being picked out by Jeffrey Monokana while Billy Wright headed another chance off target and Keith Keane had a long-range effort saved as the visitors looked to level.

Lee Holmes then cracked the post from 25 yards and Jack King's follow-up header was saved by Martin with five minutes to go as Crewe held on to claim all three points.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39