Wolves too strong for Preston
Last Updated: 11/01/14 6:59pm
Dave Edwards: Netted in Wolves win
Dave Edwards and Lee Evans combined to get Wolves' promotion push back on track with a 2-0 win against fellow high-flyers Preston.
Kenny Jackett's side had gone into the game on the back of a run of just one win in seven games that had seen them slide out of the top two.
But a neat 28th-minute finish from Edwards and a second-half strike from Evans kick-started Wanderers' bid to make an instant return to the Championship - and in the process ended Preston's winning run.
North End had chalked up three successive wins and five victories in their last seven league matches, but Simon Grayson's side failed to produce that kind of form against Wolves.
Before breaking the deadlock, Edwards had earlier been frustrated by a goal-line clearance from Jack King.
But he was not to be denied a second time and when he was sent clear by Kevin McDonald the Welsh international beat goalkeeper Declan Rudd with a fierce near-post drive from eight yards.
Preston tried to reply immediately and Joe Garner almost embarrassed goalkeeper Aaron McCarey when his curling left-wing cross flew over the Irishman before bouncing to safety off the crossbar.
But Grayson's men lacked a real threat up front and Evans made the game safe in the 55th minute when he prodded home from close range after Rudd had pushed out a shot from James Henry.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 11th Jan
Bradford1 - 1Bristol C
Brentford2 - 0Port Vale
Colchester3 - 0Gillingham
Leyton Or4 - 0Carlisle
MK Dons3 - 2Shrewsbury
Notts Co2 - 1Sheff Utd
Oldham1 - 0Stevenage
Rotherham4 - 2Crewe
Swindon2 - 1Peterboro
Tranmere1 - 1Walsall
Wolves2 - 0Preston
Sky Bet League 1
|13||Milton Keynes Dons||0||0|
|18||Preston North End||0||0|