Preston fell to their second successive defeat as 10-man Walsall triumphed.

The home side took an early lead when Kevan Hurst crossed for Alex Nicholls, who held off Preston defender Conor McLaughlin and fired high into the net.

Neil Mellor twice headed over for the visitors as they looked to get back into the game.

Walsall's on-loan Derby winger Dave Martin was sent off for a second bookable offence, but Phil Brown's men were unable to take advantage.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 Walker
  • 02 Westlake
  • 03 Sadler Booked
  • 04 Butler
  • 06 Smith
  • 07 Chambers Booked
  • 11 Hurst (Gnakpa - 90' )
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 24 Martin Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Grigg (Taundry - 72' )
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 05 Lancashire
  • 14 Taundry
  • 18 Gnakpa
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 15 Paterson

Preston

  • 21 Turner
  • 03 McLaughlin
  • 05 Carlisle
  • 12 McLean
  • 22 Alexander (Gray - 73' )
  • 04 Ashbee (Mayor - 46' )
  • 08 Coutts
  • 10 Nicholson Booked
  • 17 Parry
  • 09 Proctor
  • 33 Mellor (Daley - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 02 Gray
  • 14 Smith
  • 16 Mayor
  • 19 Daley
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 4,834

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

4 2

Corners

6 7

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

94:50 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Mayor from the left by-line to the near post.

90:00 +2:00 Substitution

Substitution Kevan Hurst goes off and Claude Gnakpa comes on.

90:00 +1:29

Andy Butler challenges Clarke Carlisle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Coutts takes the direct free kick.

87:44

Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

87:44 Booking

Booking Barry Nicholson goes into the book.

87:33

Foul by Barry Nicholson on Anton Peterlin, free kick awarded.

87:09

Corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry to the near post, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

86:30

Anton Peterlin challenges Brian McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keammar Daley restarts play with the free kick.

85:40

Unfair challenge on Anton Peterlin by Brian McLean results in a free kick. Anton Peterlin restarts play with the free kick.

84:51

Effort on goal by Jamie Proctor from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

83:14

Adam Chambers takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.

81:56

Clarke Carlisle challenges Andy Butler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

80:57

Keammar Daley takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

80:17

The offside flag is raised against Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.

79:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Proctor on Mat Sadler. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

79:38

Anton Peterlin crosses the ball, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.

77:28

Conor McLaughlin crosses the ball, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.

76:51

Corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst, clearance by Conor McLaughlin.

73:31

Centre by Kevan Hurst, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.

71:37

Barry Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

71:37 Substitution

Substitution David Gray joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Alexander.

71:37 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry is brought on as a substitute for Will Grigg.

71:37

Unfair challenge on Barry Nicholson by Darryl Westlake results in a free kick.

70:35

Graham Alexander takes the free kick.

70:35 Dismissal

Dismissal David Martin receives a red card.

70:07

Unfair challenge on Paul Coutts by David Martin results in a free kick.

67:08

Kevan Hurst takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Graham Alexander.

66:09

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Parry.

65:37

Short corner worked by Kevan Hurst.

64:49

Alex Nicholls challenges Graham Alexander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Iain Turner takes the indirect free kick.

63:54

Keammar Daley sends in a cross, clearance by Andy Butler.

62:32

Jamie Proctor produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

61:40

Paul Parry is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

61:31

The ball is delivered by Paul Parry, Emmanuele Smith makes a clearance.

59:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

58:36

Short corner worked by Barry Nicholson.

57:39

David Martin delivers the ball, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.

56:59

Graham Alexander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Grigg. Jimmy Walker takes the direct free kick.

55:46

The referee blows for offside against Alex Nicholls. Iain Turner takes the free kick.

55:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Martin on Conor McLaughlin. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.

54:40

The offside flag is raised against Alex Nicholls. Indirect free kick taken by Conor McLaughlin.

54:06

Centre by Keammar Daley, save by Jimmy Walker.

51:41

Shot by Alex Nicholls from just outside the area goes over the net.

50:58

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Proctor. Indirect free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

50:23

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Parry from the left by-line, clearance by Darryl Westlake.

50:01

The ball is delivered by Keammar Daley, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

47:39

Jamie Proctor is ruled offside. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

47:15

Danny Mayor takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

46:13

Centre by Darryl Westlake, clearance made by Paul Parry.

46:06

Adam Chambers sends in a cross, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.

45:57

The ball is crossed by Adam Chambers, Brian McLean makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ian Ashbee goes off and Danny Mayor comes on.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Keammar Daley coming on for Neil Mellor.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +2:11

Conor McLaughlin fouled by Alex Nicholls, the ref awards a free kick. Iain Turner takes the free kick.

44:24

Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.

44:24 Booking

Booking Adam Chambers goes into the referee's book.

43:57

Adam Chambers challenges Neil Mellor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:14

Kevan Hurst takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Graham Alexander.

42:30 Booking

Booking Mat Sadler is shown a yellow card.

41:59

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Conor McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

41:26

Jamie Proctor sends in a cross, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

39:36

Clarke Carlisle delivers the ball.

38:55

Short corner taken by Paul Parry from the right by-line.

37:03

The ball is sent over by Neil Mellor, Emmanuele Smith makes a clearance.

35:31

Neil Mellor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

34:59

Effort from deep inside the area by Kevan Hurst misses to the left of the target.

34:16

Anton Peterlin produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

33:01

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst played to the near post, save made by Iain Turner.

32:22

Darryl Westlake produces a cross, clearance by Conor McLaughlin.

12:47 Booking

Booking David Martin goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

30:37

The ball is swung over by Barry Nicholson, clearance made by Andy Butler.

29:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevan Hurst on Paul Parry. Iain Turner takes the direct free kick.

29:12

The ball is sent over by Paul Coutts, Close range headed effort by Neil Mellor clears the crossbar.

25:16

The offside flag is raised against Neil Mellor. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

23:54

Paul Parry produces a cross, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

22:16

Jamie Proctor crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Neil Mellor goes over the bar.

19:16

Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Jamie Proctor results in a free kick. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

18:05

Short corner worked by Kevan Hurst. A cross is delivered by Darryl Westlake, Brian McLean makes a clearance.

17:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Proctor on Andy Butler. Direct free kick taken by Andy Butler.

16:52

A cross is delivered by Darryl Westlake, blocked by Barry Nicholson.

16:22

Jamie Proctor concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuele Smith. Andy Butler takes the free kick.

15:49

The referee blows for offside against Alex Nicholls. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.

13:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Parry. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

13:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Barry Nicholson from the left by-line to the near post, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance.

12:27

Adam Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Nicholson. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.

12:00

Will Grigg delivers the ball, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.

9:59

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Proctor. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker. Kevan Hurst provided the assist for the goal.

9:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Nicholls - Walsall 1 - 0 Preston Alex Nicholls grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-0 Preston.

7:27

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Clarke Carlisle gets a block in.

4:54

Darryl Westlake produces a cross, save made by Iain Turner.

3:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor McLaughlin on David Martin. Emmanuele Smith restarts play with the free kick.

3:34

Ian Ashbee delivers the ball, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

2:43

Kevan Hurst gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Parry. Barry Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

2:07

The ball is delivered by Paul Parry, blocked by Darryl Westlake.

0:33

The ball is crossed by Darryl Westlake, save by Iain Turner.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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