Brownhill fires PNE to victory
Last Updated: 26/12/13 4:05pm
Josh Brownhill: Bagged the winning goal
Preston got back to winning form, with Josh Brownhill's strike just before half-time earning them a 1-0 win at Carlisle.
North End's 11-game unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday but they produced their seventh away win of the season after withstanding late pressure from a Carlisle side that had plenty of possession without breaching a solid defence.
Max Ehmer did have the ball in the Preston net in the 26th minute with a looping header only to see his effort ruled out for offside.
North End went close in the 36th minute when Chris Humphrey cut in from the right to slide a low shot past goalkeeper Ben Amos, but also just a foot wide of the far post.
It was a warning to Carlisle and they were caught out again in the 42nd minute when John Welsh's pass found teenager Brownhill in space on the edge of the area and he produced a superb finish with an accurate shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Jack King thought he had doubled Preston's lead shortly after the break only to see his point-blank header kept out by a brilliant instinctive save by Amos.
The second half was a more exciting affair with the visitors looking dangerous on the break and Declan Rudd came to North End's rescue with a save when Tom Lawrence's thumping drive looked to be on target for an equaliser.
Sky Bet League 1
Thu 26th Dec
Coventry4 - 2Peterboro
Brentford3 - 2Swindon
Carlisle0 - 1Preston
Gillingham1 - 2Leyton Or
Bradford0 - 1Rotherham
Bristol C1 - 0Walsall
Colchester4 - 0Stevenage
Crawley0 - 2MK Dons
Port Vale2 - 1Notts Co
Sheff Utd1 - 1Oldham
Shrewsbury0 - 1Tranmere
Wolves2 - 0Crewe
Sky Bet League 1
|2||Milton Keynes Dons||46||91|
|3||Preston North End||46||89|