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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 15 33
2 Preston North End 13 28
3 Notts County 14 26
4 Peterborough United 15 26
5 Sheffield United 14 26
6 Oldham Athletic 15 25
7 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
8 Rochdale 14 23
9 Swindon Town 13 23
10 Chesterfield 14 19
11 Fleetwood Town 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Leyton Orient 14 15
19 Walsall 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12