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Deepdale (ATT 8,979) 29th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Crawley Town Crawley

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J Garner (13)

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Garner gets Preston the points

Last Updated: 29/03/14 6:52pm

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Joe Garner: Got the only goal

Joe Garner: Got the only goal

Joe Garner netted the only goal as Preston recorded only their second win in five League One games with a 1-0 win over Crawley Town.

Against a big and physical Crawley team, the Lilywhites were forced to dig deep and won a much-needed three points thanks to Garner's 18th goal of the season.

The first chance arrived after five minutes as Paul Gallagher's volley from inside the box deflected off a visiting defender and the ball went inches wide.

In the 13th minute the hosts burst into the Crawley half and scored. Keith Keane crossed from the right-hand side and Garner nodded the ball home.

There was still little between the sides but Crawley, hoping to avoid a third straight defeat, could have levelled after 30 minutes when Mike Jones shot straight at goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Garner should have doubled his tally just before half-time but could only head over the crossbar from Gallagher's cross.

Garner had another chance for his second goal at the start of the second half but the striker could not connect cleanly on the ball after getting in behind the defence.

Another chance followed as the Lilywhites began to dominate, this time Stuart Beavon flicked on a Lee Holmes cross inches past the post.

Preston, beaten just once in March, continued to push and would have been 2-0 up but for a fine Paul Jones save from Garner's blistering volley around the hour mark.

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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 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
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 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24