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Deepdale (ATT 13,536) 1st November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Preston Preston North End vs Hull City Hull City

Preston break home hoodoo

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 01/11/05 9:45pm

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Three second half goals earned Preston their first home victory of the season at the ninth attempt, as they beat Hull 3-0 at Deepdale.

Loan signings Jemal Johnson and David Jones set Billy Davies' side on their way before Paul McKenna capped their victory with a fine late strike.

Preston had drawn six and lost two of their first eight home matches, scoring only three goals in the process, so it was no surprise that they struggled to break down a resilient Hull in the first half.

Indeed, it was Peter Taylor's side who fashioned the first chance of the game, when Stuart Elliott shot narrowly wide from the left in the ninth minute.

However, Preston began to take control and visiting keeper Boaz Myhill needed to be at his best to tip over Chris Sedgwick's shot and turn away a header from Jones.

Myhill was then grateful to see a shot from Johnson cannon to safety off a post before Damien Delaney cleared another Sedgwick effort off the line.

Preston kept up the pace in the second half and went close when Jones was inches off target with a free-kick.

Their pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute when Johnson raced on to Chris Lucketti's pass and lashed a shot into the top corner.

With the tension lifted, Preston began to enjoy themselves and they doubled their lead when the impressive Jones scored with a left-foot shot which went in off Myhill's left-hand post.

McKenna then brought the crowd to their feet again with a rasping right-foot shot into the top corner of Myhill's net.



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