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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 43 92
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 42 79
4 Swindon Town 41 76
5 Sheffield United 43 68
6 Chesterfield 43 67
7 Rochdale 42 60
8 Fleetwood Town 43 59
9 Barnsley 43 58
10 Peterborough United 43 58
11 Bradford City 42 57
12 Doncaster Rovers 42 57
13 Gillingham 43 56
14 Oldham Athletic 43 55
15 Walsall 42 54
16 Port Vale 44 51
17 Coventry City 43 51
18 Scunthorpe United 42 51
19 Crewe Alexandra 43 48
20 Leyton Orient 42 47
21 Notts County 42 47
22 Crawley Town 43 47
23 Colchester United 42 44
24 Yeovil Town 43 37