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Brunton Park (ATT 7,934) 26th December 2013 - Kick off 13:00

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Preston North End Preston


Preston 1

J Brownhill (42)

Brownhill fires PNE to victory

Last Updated: 26/12/13 4:05pm

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Josh Brownhill: Bagged the winning goal

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.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 44 93
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40