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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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Last Updated: 01/04/13 6:48pm

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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 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