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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24