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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 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