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Deepdale (ATT 8,206) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Preston Preston North End vs Peterborough United Peterboro

Preston 3

N Kilkenny (45)
J Garner (80, 90+1)

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Peterboro 1

D Swanson (18)

Garner double kills off Posh

Last Updated: 25/03/14 11:44pm

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Joe Garner (l): At the double

Joe Garner (l): At the double

Joe Garner's late double saw Preston edge closer to rubber-stamping their place in the play-offs with a 3-1 win over Peterborough.

Garner struck with 10 minutes to go and in injury time to keep Preston level on points with fourth-placed Rotherham and a full 14 above sixth-placed Peterborough, who had taken the lead through Danny Swanson.

Paul Gallagher came close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts in the opening stages when he curled a 20-yard shot against the crossbar.

But it was Peterborough who took the lead through Swanson after 18 minutes when he placed a low curling effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Preston rarely threatened until Gallagher found Neil Kilkenny inside the penalty area, with the midfielder rifling a low equaliser past Bobby Olejnik right on half-time.

Simon Grayson's side made a sluggish start to the second half and had Declan Rudd to thank for tipping wide Craig Alcock's header from a corner in the 56th minute.

But slowly the home side began to dominate possession and they got their reward when Gallagher's 12-yard curler came back off the post in the 80th minute for Garner to tap home before the striker fired Preston's third into the roof of the net in the closing stages.

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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