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Prenton Park (ATT 5,895) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Preston North End Preston

Tranmere 1

A Taylor (45+1)

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Preston 2

J Garner (18, 52)

Rovers undone by Garner double

Last Updated: 10/02/14 10:47am

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Joe Garner: At the double

Joe Garner: At the double

Joe Garner's brace against struggling Tranmere kept Preston's League One play-off push on course at Prenton Park as they won 2-1.

The striker's header opened the scoring after 18 minutes before Ash Taylor equalised for Rovers just before the break.

But Garner, North End's leading scorer this season, took his tally to 16 in all competitions with a 52nd-minute effort.

Preston, who have lost only twice in the league since October, drew first blood when Garner headed a Craig Davies cross back across goal.

Despite Preston's dominance Tranmere levelled in the last minute of the first half when Taylor smashed in from close range after good work from Ryan Lowe.

Rovers started the second half brightly and hit the crossbar through a Jason Koumas free-kick.

But shortly afterwards it was Preston who were celebrating when Garner slotted past Owain Fon Williams after a through ball from Scott Wiseman.

Preston began to dominate and had chances to put the game beyond Tranmere through Wiseman, Davies and Scott Laird, but they still held on to extend their unbeaten run in the league to four games.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20