Lucky Garner punishes Vale
Last Updated: 26/11/13 11:53pm
Joe Garner: At the double for North End
Striker Joe Garner should have been sent off before he scored the goals which gave 10-man Preston a 2-0 victory at Port Vale.
In a case of mistaken identity, video evidence showed Garner struck Anthony Griffith in an off-the-ball incident in the 13th minute but it was team-mate Neil Kilkenny who was dismissed.
Kilkenny protested his innocence and had to be persuaded to leave the field as his manager Simon Grayson remonstrated with referee Andy Madley.
Grayson responded by replacing veteran striker Kevin Davies with midfielder Keith Keane, but that did not prevent Preston taking a 30th-minute lead.
Garner skipped past the challenge of Chris Robertson before firing an unstoppable 18-yard shot into the top right-hand corner of Chris Neal's net.
Neal's opposite number Declan Rudd produced a brilliant save to deny Tom Pope a minute later, but that was Vale's only serious threat of the first half.
Vale drove forward in search of an equaliser after the interval but got caught on the break when Neal conceded a 71st-minute penalty for tripping substitute Will Hayhurst.
Garner drove the ball low to Neal's right to net his seventh goal in five games and Preston then defended impressively to see out the game in comfort.
Sky Bet League 1
Tue 26th Nov
Bradford1 - 1Notts Co
Brentford3 - 2Peterboro
Bristol C2 - 2Leyton Or
Carlisle2 - 1Crewe
Colchester3 - 1MK Dons
Coventry0 - 3Rotherham
Crawley0 - 0Swindon
Gillingham3 - 2Stevenage
Port Vale0 - 2Preston
Sheff Utd1 - 1Walsall
Shrewsbury1 - 2Oldham
Wolves2 - 0Tranmere
Sky Bet League 1
|4||Preston North End||20||38|
|12||Milton Keynes Dons||19||25|