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Deepdale (ATT 9,636) 21st April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury

Preston 5

L Holmes (34)
B Wright (40)
P Gallagher (58, pen 62, 81)

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Shrewsbury 2

S Miller (43)
L Summerfield (78)

Gallagher treble sinks Shrews

Last Updated: 21/04/14 6:25pm

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Paul Gallagher: Hat-trick hero

Paul Gallagher: Hat-trick hero

Paul Gallagher's hat-trick helped Preston to a 5-2 victory over Shrewsbury, who moved a step closer to relegation from League One.

The result leaves the Shrews six points adrift of safety with just two games to play, while North End extended their home league winning run to five.

Preston took the lead in the 34th minute when Lee Holmes ghosted in at the back post to head Gallagher's cross past Chris Weale, and six minutes later Bailey Wright rifled a volley past the Shrewsbury keeper.

Shrewsbury were gifted a way back into the game in the 43rd minute when Shaun Miller latched onto some loose defending but Gallagher restored Preston's two-goal advantage in the 57th minute, steering Stuart Beavon's cross into the back of the net.

It got worse for the visitors as Connor Goldson upended Alan Browne in the box and Gallagher lashed the penalty beyond Weale.

Shrewsbury pulled another goal back when substitute Luke Summerfield arrived late at the back post to head in John Taylor's cross but Gallagher grabbed his third in the 81st minute with a delightful 20-yard free-kick.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16