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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 43 92
2 Preston North End 42 82
3 Milton Keynes Dons 42 79
4 Swindon Town 41 76
5 Sheffield United 43 68
6 Chesterfield 43 67
7 Rochdale 42 60
8 Fleetwood Town 43 59
9 Barnsley 43 58
10 Peterborough United 43 58
11 Bradford City 42 57
12 Doncaster Rovers 42 57
13 Gillingham 43 56
14 Oldham Athletic 43 55
15 Walsall 42 54
16 Coventry City 43 51
17 Scunthorpe United 42 51
18 Port Vale 43 50
19 Crewe Alexandra 43 48
20 Leyton Orient 42 47
21 Notts County 42 47
22 Crawley Town 43 47
23 Colchester United 42 44
24 Yeovil Town 43 37