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

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Preston North End Preston

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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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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40