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Sky Bet League 1

Deepdale (ATT 10,653) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Port Vale Port Vale

Preston 3

J Garner (43, 62)
P Gallagher (50)

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Port Vale 2

G Tomlin (69)
J Hugill (84)

Lilywhites land Vale victory

Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:35pm

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Joe Garner: At the double

Joe Garner: At the double

Paul Gallagher's strike was the pick of the goals as Preston stayed in the hunt for promotion with a 3-2 win over Port Vale at Deepdale.

Leicester loanee Gallagher's unstoppable 25-yard effort into the top corner of the net was sandwiched by Joe Garner's double as North End secured their third consecutive win despite Gavin Tomlin and Jordan Hugill pulling goals back for the visitors.

Garner headed Preston in front after 43 minutes, nodding Lee Holmes' cross beyond Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson from close range.

Gallagher doubled the lead five minutes into the second half, receiving the ball in space before unleashing a stunning shot to give Johnson no chance.

Garner added a third goal after 62 minutes when he shot high into the net from Gallagher's unselfish pass after Iain Hume's close-range header was parried away.

Tomlin's diving header seven minutes later from Jennison Myrie-Williams' cross gave the travelling supporters some hope as Vale piled the pressure on.

And with six minutes remaining substitute Hugill headed a second at the near-post, but Simon Grayson's side clung on to seal all three points.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24