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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 Fleetwood Town 4 10
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Preston North End 4 8
4 Bristol City 4 8
5 Barnsley 4 7
6 Swindon Town 4 7
7 Milton Keynes Dons 4 7
8 Bradford City 4 7
9 Doncaster Rovers 4 7
10 Notts County 4 7
11 Chesterfield 4 7
12 Sheffield United 4 6
13 Crawley Town 4 6
14 Leyton Orient 4 5
15 Coventry City 4 5
16 Port Vale 4 5
17 Rochdale 4 4
18 Gillingham 4 4
19 Yeovil Town 4 4
20 Walsall 4 3
21 Oldham Athletic 4 2
22 Colchester United 4 1
23 Scunthorpe United 4 1
24 Crewe Alexandra 4 0