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Deepdale (ATT 9,483) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Notts County Notts Co

Preston 2

C Davies (65)
J Garner (pen 71)

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Davies shines in dream debut

Last Updated: 01/02/14 6:54pm

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Craig Davies: Made an instant impact

Craig Davies: Made an instant impact

Preston's new signing Craig Davies strengthened his side's promotion chances as he inspired them to a 2-0 win over Notts County.

The Bolton striker, a last-minute loan signing for North End on transfer deadline day, produced a superb display on his debut to keep Simon Grayson's side in the play-off pack.

Davies opened his account in the 65th minute when he did brilliantly to find space on the edge of the box to fire into the top corner.

The hosts' lead was doubled just six minutes later when Jack Grealish hauled Davies down inside the box, despite Notts claiming the tackle had been just outside the penalty area.

But Joe Garner took responsibility for the spot-kick and buried it firmly past County goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington.

Notts kept plugging away, but their best chances came in the first half when Enoch Showunmi headed over the crossbar, while Grealish fired wide.

But they were also indebted to Pilkington, who made a series of stunning saves to keep the score down - denying Paul Gallagher and Garner with fine saves.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19