Scott Laird scored twice as Preston bounced back from defeat at the weekend to thump Hartlepool.

Joel Byrom fired home the first into the top corner before Stuart Beavon's wonderful curler doubled the lead.

Substitute Jack King headed in the third from Beavon's cross to put Preston firmly in control.

Laird then struck twice in the last seven minutes to make it three wins from their last four games for Graham Westley's side.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Preston

  • 23 Simonsen
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 08 Wroe
  • 26 Wright
  • 13 Byrom (Mousinho - 79' )
  • 19 Welsh
  • 20 Beardsley (King - 44' )
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 07 Amoo (Sodje - 60' )
  • 29 Beavon

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 05 Robertson
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 17 Monakana
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 22 King
  • 12 Sodje

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 07 Franks
  • 08 Walton
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Lynch - 46' )
  • 39 Howard

Substitutes

  • 31 McHugh
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 22 Holden
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 10 Poole
  • 24 Lynch
  • 33 James
Ref: Bates
Att: 8,132

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

10 4

Corners

8 4

Fouls

4 2

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:35

The ball is sent over by Jack King, save made by Scott Flinders.

90:00 +0:03

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard. Neil Austin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

89:37

John Welsh produces a cross, save made by Scott Flinders.

88:03 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

87:57

Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

86:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Laird - Preston 5 - 0 Hartlepool Scott Laird grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 5-0 Hartlepool.

85:31

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

83:39

Nicky Wroe provided the assist for the goal.

83:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Laird - Preston 4 - 0 Hartlepool Scott Laird grabs a headed goal from close range. Preston 4-0 Hartlepool.

83:03

Corner taken by Nicky Wroe played to the near post,

81:26

The referee gives a free kick against Bailey Wright for handball. Evan Horwood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Nicky Wroe makes a clearance. Simon Walton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Steve Simonsen.

79:51

Shot from just outside the box by Nicky Wroe goes over the crossbar.

78:05

Direct free kick taken by Neil Austin.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Joel Byrom leaves the field to be replaced by John Mousinho.

78:05

The referee blows for offside.

75:55

Antony Sweeney is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

73:46

Akpo Sodje takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

72:08

Craig Lynch has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

71:15

Evan Horwood crosses the ball, Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

71:00

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks.

70:15

The ball is crossed by William Hayhurst, save made by Scott Flinders.

69:40

Akpo Sodje has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

69:03

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, save by Scott Flinders.

68:31

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Wroe from the left by-line, save made by Scott Flinders.

67:59

Corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom from the right by-line, save by Scott Flinders.

67:28

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Wroe from the left by-line, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

66:47

The ball is sent over by Akpo Sodje.

64:07

Assist on the goal came from Stuart Beavon.

64:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack King - Preston 3 - 0 Hartlepool Jack King grabs a headed goal from close range. Preston 3-0 Hartlepool.

63:47

The ball is sent over by Stuart Beavon,

62:37

Foul by Antony Sweeney on Jack King, free kick awarded. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the indirect free kick.

60:53

Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Peter Hartley results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom, save by Scott Flinders.

59:43 Substitution

Substitution Akpo Sodje is brought on as a substitute for David Amoo.

58:49

Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

57:08

The ball is swung over by David Amoo, save made by Scott Flinders.

56:42

Centre by Antony Sweeney, save made by Steve Simonsen.

55:24

David Amoo challenges Peter Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

53:35

Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.

49:10

Corner taken by David Amoo, Shot from close range by Andy Monkhouse clears the bar.

48:50

Centre by Andy Monkhouse, blocked by Bailey Wright.

48:10

Andy Monkhouse has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

47:36

Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Bailey Wright gets a block in.

46:36

Stuart Beavon is ruled offside. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Craig Lynch comes on in place of Paul Murray.

45:00 +3:45 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:59

Jonathan Franks produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

45:00 +1:33

Effort on goal by Jonathan Franks from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:00 +0:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jack King. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

44:44

Andy Monkhouse crosses the ball.

43:37 Substitution

Substitution Jack King comes on in place of Chris Beardsley.

42:40

John Welsh produces a cross, Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

42:08

The ball is crossed by David Amoo.

41:18

The referee blows for offside. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

40:19

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Effort from the edge of the area by Jonathan Franks goes wide of the left-hand post.

39:30

John Welsh crosses the ball, clearance made by Sam Collins.

37:33

Close range header by Stuart Beavon goes over the bar.

36:24

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Wroe from the right by-line, Bailey Wright takes a shot.

35:52

David Amoo takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

35:20

Antony Sweeney delivers the ball, save by Steve Simonsen.

34:12

A cross is delivered by Andy Monkhouse, John Welsh manages to make a clearance.

32:54

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Bailey Wright.

32:17

Corner taken by Jonathan Franks, Steve Simonsen makes a save.

28:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Beavon - Preston 2 - 0 Hartlepool Stuart Beavon gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Preston 2-0 Hartlepool.

27:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Byrom - Preston 1 - 0 Hartlepool Joel Byrom grabs a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Preston 1-0 Hartlepool.

26:40

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

26:07

The ball is swung over by Scott Laird, blocked by Neil Austin.

25:09

Corner taken by Nicky Wroe from the right by-line.

23:07

The ball is sent over by David Amoo, Header by Chris Beardsley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

19:08

Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line, Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

17:07

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

16:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line, save by Steve Simonsen.

16:14

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff makes a clearance.

14:51

Scott Laird produces a cross, Chris Beardsley takes a shot.

14:07

The ball is crossed by David Amoo, clearance by Scott Laird.

12:47

Nicky Wroe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:26

The ball is crossed by John Welsh.

11:53

Jonathan Franks produces a cross.

11:12

William Hayhurst concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Howard. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

10:10

Scott Laird crosses the ball, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

7:21

Jonathan Franks crosses the ball, John Welsh manages to make a clearance.

5:22

Simon Walton has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

4:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Beardsley. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

1:19

Unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff results in a free kick. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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