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Deepdale (ATT 8,855) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Preston Preston North End vs Stevenage Stevenage

Preston 3

P Huntington (45)
S Laird (59)
K Davies (84)

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No happy return for Westley

Last Updated: 14/09/13 6:50pm

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Scott Laird: Amongst the goals

Scott Laird: Amongst the goals

Stevenage manager Graham Westley endured a nightmare return to Deepdale as Preston stormed to a 3-0 win at home.

Westley, whose tumultuous 13-month spell as North End boss ended when he was sacked in February, saw his side fall behind when Paul Huntington headed in on the stroke of half time.

Scott Laird then grabbed his first goal of the season in the 59th minute and Kevin Davies wrapped up the three points for the hosts when he fired home with six minutes to go.

Preston created the better chances early on and only the frame of the goal denied first Stuart Beavon and then Iain Hume.

At the other end, Bailey Wright did brilliantly to block Roarie Deacon's shot on the line before the Stevenage left-back then fired over from the rebound after 41 minutes.

Huntington headed in Laird's cross in the 45th minute to give Preston a deserved lead.

Former Stevenage man Laird then doubled the advantage by heading in Chris Humphrey's cross just before the hour-mark.

And summer signing Davies rounded off the victory with a low strike after 84 minutes to ensure Preston remain unbeaten in the league so far this season.

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2 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
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6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Oldham Athletic 26 37
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12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
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18 Gillingham 28 32
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25