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Bescot Stadium 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Walsall Walsall vs Preston North End Preston

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Preston 3

J Byrom (30)
C Humphrey (58)
L Holmes (61)

Preston power to victory

Last Updated: 31/08/13 7:13pm

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Lee Holmes: Put Preston 3-0 up

Lee Holmes: Put Preston 3-0 up

Preston picked up their first league win of the season when they beat a poor Walsall side 3-0 at the Banks's Stadium.

It was so easy for North End, who dominated from the start and added two second-half goals to the one they picked up in the opening period.

Walsall, who suffered their first defeat of the season, were being outfought all over the pitch and Lee Holmes should have scored when he beat the offside trap on 19 minutes but he delayed his shot and James Chambers got back to deflect his effort for a corner.

Preston did take the lead in the 30th minute after a foul by Malvind Benning.

Joel Byrom took the free-kick from just outside a corner of the penalty box and his effort sailed just inside the far post.

It was the same story after the break and in the 58th minute Chris Humphrey strolled through to drive in a second for Preston, while three minutes later a howler by Benning let in Holmes to poke in number three.

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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