Nicky Wroe's first-half hat-trick helped Preston defeat Scunthorpe.

Wroe struck home from inside the box after just 25 seconds before sweeping in Jack King's cross for his second.

The midfielder completed his haul when his effort from the edge of the area was deflected in, but Iron striker Leon Clarke bundled the ball home to reduce the arrears.

Karl Hawley's spectacular 25-yard effort gave the hosts hope of a dramatic comeback, but Preston held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I'm disgusted with the first three goals and then we actually scored two. But you're never going to win if you concede three.

"We had some chances, the keeper made some good saves but you're never going to win if you concede three in the first half and we did.

"We're doing OK, we went 1-0 down tonight just straight after kick-off. It's just lapses in concentration. There's nothing tactical about it, it's just lapses in concentration and too easy for the opposition to score."

Preston North End manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I think the lads took a lot of unfair criticism at the weekend [losing to Sheffield United].

"Tonight they showed the qualities they've begun to show as a team.

"The first 40 minutes were a joy to watch because it was almost perfect away-day football. They put Scunthorpe to the sword and really put on a show.

"I thought we controlled the game in the second half, and although Steve Simonsen was called into action with a late save, we never really looked like giving up the advantage."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 06 Reid (Mirfin - 36' )
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan (Jennings - 72' )
  • 14 Gibbons (Collins - 46' Booked )
  • 16 Duffy
  • 24 Prutton
  • 09 Clarke
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 04 Walker
  • 19 Collins
  • 10 Grella
  • 12 Jennings

Preston

  • 23 Simonsen
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Robertson
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 02 Keane
  • 08 Wroe
  • 17 Monakana (Amoo - 67' )
  • 19 Welsh Booked
  • 22 King Booked
  • 29 Beavon (Procter - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 13 Byrom
  • 18 Procter
  • 20 Beardsley
  • 07 Amoo (Byrom - 90' )
  • 09 Cummins
  • 12 Sodje
Ref: Naylor
Att: 2,671

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

8 8

Corners

6 4

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:57 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +6:29

Leon Clarke challenges Chris Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:55

Mark Duffy delivers the ball.

90:00 +4:47

Keith Keane takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:47 Booking

Booking The referee shows Michael Collins a yellow card.

90:00 +4:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Robertson by Michael Collins.

90:00 +3:17 Substitution

Substitution David Amoo goes off and Joel Byrom comes on.

90:00 +1:25

Paul Huntington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Prutton. Mark Duffy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

89:18

Tom Newey takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

89:03

David Prutton sends in a cross, save made by Steve Simonsen.

88:21

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen. Inswinging corner taken by David Prutton.

85:48 Substitution

Substitution Andy Procter replaces Stuart Beavon.

85:48

David Prutton is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

83:41

Direct free kick taken by David Mirfin. David Prutton takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Niall Canavan goes wide right of the target.

83:41 Booking

Booking John Welsh goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Michael Collins.

82:50

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Scott Laird from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Collins makes a clearance.

82:31

A cross is delivered by David Amoo, Mark Duffy manages to make a clearance.

79:22

Stuart Beavon has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

78:21

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Robertson. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

76:51

Foul by Stuart Beavon on David Mirfin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Mirfin.

75:49

Scott Laird sends in a cross, clearance made by David Mirfin. Unfair challenge on Leon Clarke by Stuart Beavon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

74:02

David Mirfin concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Beavon. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Wroe, Jack King has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

72:57

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Robertson. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

71:18

Michael Collins provided the assist for the goal.

71:18 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Connor Jennings coming on for Jimmy Ryan.

71:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Karl Hawley - Scunthorpe 2 - 3 Preston Karl Hawley finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 2-3 Preston.

67:10

Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

67:10 Booking

Booking Jack King receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

66:52

Foul by Jack King on Michael Collins, free kick awarded.

66:04 Substitution

Substitution Jeffrey Monakana leaves the field to be replaced by David Amoo.

65:13

Jimmy Ryan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Wroe. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

64:12

Christian Ribeiro produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Chris Robertson gets a block in.

62:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Karl Hawley. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.

60:18

Jack King has an effort at goal. Blocked by David Mirfin.

58:49

Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross, clearance by Paul Huntington. Short corner taken by David Prutton.

58:16

Jack King concedes a free kick for a foul on David Prutton. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

57:52

Mark Duffy crosses the ball.

56:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Collins by Jack King. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

56:01

Scott Laird delivers the ball.

51:48

Stuart Beavon takes a shot from 20 yards. David Mirfin gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Scott Laird.

49:27

Foul by Jack King on David Mirfin, free kick awarded. Michael Collins takes the free kick.

45:14

Chris Robertson fouled by David Prutton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Michael Collins coming on for Robbie Gibbons.

45:00 +1:45

Jeffrey Monakana takes a shot. Save made by Sam Slocombe.

45:00 +0:45

Stuart Beavon concedes a free kick for a foul on David Mirfin. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:40 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:59

Scott Laird concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Ribeiro. Free kick crossed by Tom Newey, save made by Steve Simonsen. Corner taken right-footed by David Prutton from the left by-line to the near post, Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

42:40

The referee gives a free kick against Keith Keane for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Prutton, clearance by Paul Huntington.

41:54

Karl Hawley is ruled offside. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

41:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Scunthorpe 1 - 3 Preston Leon Clarke fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-3 Preston.

40:39

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

37:57

Foul by Jack King on Jimmy Ryan, free kick awarded. Mark Duffy takes the direct free kick.

35:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Wroe - Scunthorpe 0 - 3 Preston Nicky Wroe finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-3 Preston.

35:05 Substitution

Substitution David Mirfin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Reid.

35:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Reid on Jack King. Scott Laird takes the direct free kick.

32:43

Paul Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Beavon. Scott Laird delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

30:14

Inswinging corner taken by David Prutton, Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance. Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Robertson. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

29:58

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

29:00

Jeffrey Monakana takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

27:42

Assist on the goal came from Jeffrey Monakana.

27:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Wroe - Scunthorpe 0 - 2 Preston Nicky Wroe grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Scunthorpe 0-2 Preston.

25:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Mark Duffy. Mark Duffy restarts play with the free kick.

23:00

Corner taken right-footed by David Prutton, clearance made by Paul Huntington. Leon Clarke has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

21:27

The referee blows for offside. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

19:41

Jimmy Ryan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

18:59

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Ryan, Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

16:50

The ball is swung over by Jeffrey Monakana, Shot on goal by Keith Keane from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Free kick awarded for a foul by John Welsh on Tom Newey. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robbie Gibbons from left wing.

14:58

The referee blows for offside against Stuart Beavon. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

14:10

A cross is delivered by Jack King, Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

13:18

David Prutton produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

11:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Robertson by Leon Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Chris Robertson. Foul by Jack King on Christian Ribeiro, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Christian Ribeiro. Keith Keane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Duffy. Free kick crossed by David Prutton, save made by Steve Simonsen.

10:12

Scott Laird takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

7:53

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Duffy. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

6:28

Shot from just outside the box by Jack King misses to the left of the goal.

6:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Scott Laird played to the near post, clearance by Christian Ribeiro. Corner taken left-footed by Scott Laird.

5:48

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gets a block in.

0:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Wroe - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Preston Nicky Wroe finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Preston.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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