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Vale Park (ATT 5,889) 26th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45

Port Vale Port Vale vs Preston North End Preston

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Preston 2

N Kilkenny (S/O 13)
J Garner (30, pen 71)

Lucky Garner punishes Vale

Last Updated: 26/11/13 11:53pm

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Joe Garner: At the double for North End

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.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12