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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40