Danny Mayor came off the bench to score as 10-man Preston beat Tranmere.

Graham Alexander put North End ahead from the spot after Neil Mellor was brought down by Ian Goodison in the penalty area.

Debutant Jose Baxter slammed home an equaliser for the visitors after Lucas Akins had hit the post.

Mayor slotted in his first league goal for Preston to secure their sixth straight league win before Paul Parry was sent off for a second booking.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I'm just gutted for the lads because of the amount of effort they've put into that game and I don't think Preston will have a harder win here this season.

"Jose Baxter showed his quality, he's played some great balls, brought a good save from the keeper at the end of the first half and scored a goal.

"We thought we were on top for large parts of the game, but if we'd have just sat off them, gone for the draw and lost, we'd have been devastated."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Preston

  • 25 Arestidou Booked
  • 03 McLaughlin Booked
  • 05 Carlisle
  • 12 McLean
  • 22 Alexander
  • 08 Coutts
  • 10 Nicholson
  • 17 Parry Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Hume (Ashbee - 82' )
  • 09 Proctor Booked (Mayor - 65' )
  • 33 Mellor

Substitutes

  • 31 Comrie
  • 02 Gray
  • 04 Ashbee
  • 16 Mayor (Gray - 76' )
  • 11 Tsoumou

Tranmere

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 05 Goodison
  • 12 Taylor
  • 16 Buchanan Booked
  • 19 Raven
  • 08 Welsh Booked
  • 10 Weir
  • 07 Showunmi (Tyriaki - 84' )
  • 14 McGurk
  • 17 Akins
  • 21 Baxter

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 02 Kay
  • 03 Bakayogo
  • 04 Labadie
  • 09 Tyriaki
Ref: Tierney
Att: 17,281

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

5 6

Corners

5 10

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

94:06 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:55

Corner taken by Adam McGurk from the right by-line, Andreas Arestidou makes a save.

90:00 +0:50

Neil Mellor takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

90:00 +0:33 Booking

Booking Booking for Andreas Arestidou for time wasting.

89:50

John Welsh takes a inswinging corner.

89:22

Short corner taken by John Welsh from the right by-line.

89:03

Neil Mellor takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

87:28

Corner taken by John Welsh from the left by-line, save by Andreas Arestidou.

86:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Robbie Weir. Graham Alexander takes the direct free kick.

83:02 Substitution

Substitution Mustafa Tiryaki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Enoch Showunmi.

81:59

Barry Nicholson decides to take the corner short.

81:03 Substitution

Substitution Ian Ashbee replaces Iain Hume.

80:44

Effort from just outside the box by Adam McGurk goes over the bar.

77:45

The referee blows for offside. Andreas Arestidou restarts play with the free kick.

74:55 Substitution

Substitution David Gray replaces Danny Mayor.

74:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Paul Parry is shown a red card.

74:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Paul Parry. Adam McGurk takes the direct free kick.

71:00

Assist on the goal came from Paul Coutts.

71:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Mayor - Preston 2 - 1 Tranmere Danny Mayor finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 2-1 Tranmere.

69:59

Corner taken right-footed by John Welsh, clearance made by Graham Alexander.

69:16

John Welsh takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Iain Hume.

68:52 Booking

Booking Conor McLaughlin is given a yellow card.

68:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor McLaughlin on Adam McGurk. Robbie Weir takes the free kick.

68:04

David Raven concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Parry. Free kick taken by Paul Parry.

67:53

Iain Hume takes a shot. Ian Goodison gets a block in.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Danny Mayor comes on in place of Jamie Proctor.

64:25

Effort on goal by Adam McGurk from long distance goes over the crossbar.

63:54 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jamie Proctor a yellow card.

63:02

Ash Taylor fouled by Jamie Proctor, the ref awards a free kick. Adam McGurk takes the free kick.

62:03

Robbie Weir takes a shot. Andreas Arestidou makes a save.

59:46

Assist on the goal came from Lucas Akins.

59:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Baxter - Preston 1 - 1 Tranmere A goal is scored by Jose Baxter from close range high into the middle of the goal. Preston 1-1 Tranmere.

59:14

Effort from just inside the box by Lucas Akins strikes the post.

57:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Nicholson, Graham Alexander takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

55:39

Foul by Jose Baxter on Clarke Carlisle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andreas Arestidou.

55:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Mellor on Ian Goodison. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

54:54

David Raven takes a shot. Andreas Arestidou makes a save.

53:50

Short corner taken by Barry Nicholson from the left by-line.

53:34

Paul Coutts takes a shot. Ash Taylor makes a clearance.

52:46

Jamie Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on David Raven. Free kick taken by David Raven.

51:50 Booking

Booking John Welsh booked for unsporting behaviour.

51:15

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Coutts. Conor McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

50:40

Foul by Neil Mellor on David Raven, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

49:34

Foul by Clarke Carlisle on Enoch Showunmi, free kick awarded. Adam McGurk restarts play with the free kick.

46:08

Shot from outside the box by Iain Hume goes wide right of the target.

45:39

Handball decision goes against Lucas Akins. Paul Parry takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:42

Jose Baxter takes a shot. Save made by Andreas Arestidou.

44:19

Shot on goal by Neil Mellor from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

42:28

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Welsh played to the near post, Graham Alexander manages to make a clearance.

42:16

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Welsh played to the near post, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.

42:03

Corner taken by John Welsh played to the near post.

41:35

Ash Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Parry.

40:46

Corner taken by John Welsh.

39:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry from the right by-line, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

38:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam McGurk by Conor McLaughlin. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.

37:06

Graham Alexander takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

36:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Graham Alexander - Preston 1 - 0 Tranmere Penalty taken right-footed by Graham Alexander and scored. Preston 1-0 Tranmere.

34:40

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Ian Goodison.

31:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Baxter on Conor McLaughlin. Conor McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

30:01

Robbie Weir concedes a free kick for a foul on Iain Hume. Graham Alexander restarts play with the free kick.

28:38 Booking

Booking David Buchanan booked for unsporting behaviour.

28:23

David Buchanan is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Paul Parry.

27:31

Effort from deep inside the area by Jamie Proctor misses to the right of the goal.

23:56

Adam McGurk produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

20:09

Unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Lucas Akins results in a free kick. Clarke Carlisle takes the indirect free kick.

17:27

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam McGurk.

17:27 Booking

Booking Paul Parry goes into the book.

17:15

Paul Parry challenges Lucas Akins unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:41

Neil Mellor fouled by David Buchanan, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Parry takes the free kick.

13:40

Effort on goal by Jose Baxter from just inside the area clears the bar.

11:59

Effort from the edge of the box by Adam McGurk goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:23

Lucas Akins produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

7:41

Adam McGurk fouled by Conor McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

5:06

Lucas Akins takes a shot. Save by Andreas Arestidou.

4:09

The referee gives a free kick against Jamie Proctor for handball. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

2:56

Corner from the left by-line taken by Barry Nicholson, Lucas Akins manages to make a clearance.

0:20

Conor McLaughlin challenges Adam McGurk unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Welsh takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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