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Deepdale (ATT 10,467) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Preston Preston North End vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Preston 1

J Monakana (45+3)

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Monakana makes Rovers pay

Last Updated: 20/04/13 7:17pm

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Jeffrey Monakana: Match-winning strike

Jeffrey Monakana: Match-winning strike

Jeffrey Monakana's fourth league goal of the season ended Tranmere's slim play-off hopes as Preston claimed a 1-0 victory.

The 19-year-old struck just before half-time to ensure the Lilywhites remain unbeaten at Deepdale since Simon Grayson took charge.

Earlier former Rovers man John Welsh had gone close, striking the post with a curling 25-yard free-kick after seven minutes.

The Preston captain went close again on the half-hour mark with another free-kick but Owain fon Williams did well to claw the ball wide.

At the other end, Bailey Wright hit his own post after 38 minutes and Declan Rudd denied Mamady Sidibe shortly afterwards when the Malian striker turned Michael O'Halloran's cross goalwards.

Monakana rifled in from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time however after Will Hayhurst's low cross-shot was cleared off the line.

He nearly doubled his tally after 65 minutes but his left-foot shot from the edge of the box went just over.

Substitute Lee Holmes beat everybody with a deep right-wing cross in the 78th minute but the ball bounced just wide as the hosts eased to victory.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 23 48
2 Swindon Town 23 47
3 Preston North End 23 45
4 Milton Keynes Dons 22 44
5 Bradford City 23 36
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Chesterfield 23 32
8 Rochdale 23 31
9 Notts County 22 31
10 Peterborough United 23 31
11 Fleetwood Town 23 30
12 Walsall 23 30
13 Oldham Athletic 22 30
14 Doncaster Rovers 22 30
15 Port Vale 23 29
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Coventry City 23 26
18 Scunthorpe United 21 26
19 Gillingham 23 25
20 Crawley Town 23 23
21 Crewe Alexandra 23 23
22 Leyton Orient 22 22
23 Colchester United 23 21
24 Yeovil Town 22 20