John Mousinho scored the only goal as Preston won their first league game in nine matches after beating Hartlepool.

After ending a 22-game winless run on Saturday with victory at Sheffield United, Pools went close when Antony Sweeney fired at Steve Simonsen.

They then conceded a penalty when Peter Hartley felled Stuart Beavon, however Scott Flinders acrobatically saved Nicky Wroe's strike.

But Mousinho headed in the visitors' winner from Jack King's corner.

Both sides lacked ideas in the second half, as Preston held on for their first league victory since 10 November.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We knew we needed to bounce back after a disappointing defeat [by Doncaster] at the weekend, and Hartlepool, buoyed by their win at Sheffield United, were never going to be easy opposition.

"We got a penalty [Preston's first since 27 March] and I think there was probably a lot of shockwaves through the football club, which maybe took the edge off us in the second half. We were still reeling from the shock.

"In the second half, we were organised and very difficult to break down - everything that you need to be when you're in the run that we've been in."

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

5 4

Corners

12 8

Fouls

8 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:35 Full time

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

90:00 +2:47

Joel Byrom concedes a free kick for a foul on Antony Sweeney. Evan Horwood delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by John Welsh. Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, Shot by Luke James from 20 yards. Save made by Steve Simonsen. Corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line played to the near post, Luke Foster manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:15 Booking

Booking Stuart Beavon goes into the book for time wasting.

90:00 +1:49

Corner from left by-line taken by Stuart Beavon. The assistant referee signals for offside against Stuart Beavon. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

88:32

Todd Kane is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

87:45

Shot from just outside the penalty box by James Poole misses to the left of the target.

85:02 Substitution

Substitution Andy Procter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicky Wroe.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Luke James on for Jonathan Franks.

82:15

Evan Horwood sends in a cross, Joel Byrom makes a clearance.

80:43

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jonathan Franks, save by Steve Simonsen.

79:31

Luke Foster challenges Steve Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

78:29

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, clearance by Luke Foster.

77:53 Booking

Booking John Welsh receives a yellow card.

77:43

John Welsh challenges James Poole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.

75:28 Booking

Booking Todd Kane is cautioned.

75:25

Todd Kane is caught offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

72:44 Substitution

Substitution James Poole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Wyke.

72:44

Corner taken by John Mousinho from the left by-line, Peter Hartley makes a clearance.

72:44 Substitution

Substitution David Buchanan leaves the field to be replaced by Joel Byrom.

72:44

Stuart Beavon takes a inswinging corner.

70:56

The ball is delivered by Jordan Richards, clearance by Luke Foster.

69:29

Steve Howard has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

64:45

Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Beavon from the left by-line played to the near post, Sam Collins makes a clearance. Shot by John Welsh from outside the box goes high over the target.

64:05

Peter Hartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Beavon. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff from right wing.

62:40

John Welsh takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

61:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack King on Antony Sweeney. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

59:59

Shot from 25 yards by Steve Howard. Save by Steve Simonsen.

59:37

Foul by John Welsh on Jonathan Franks, free kick awarded. Sam Collins restarts play with the free kick.

56:13

Nicky Wroe takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the inswinging corner, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Beavon played to the near post, Scott Flinders makes a save.

54:13

Neil Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff restarts play with the free kick.

50:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordan Richards, clearance by John Mousinho.

50:50 Substitution

Substitution Neil Austin is brought on as a substitute for Simon Walton.

50:50

Simon Walton fouled by John Welsh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Collins. Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, clearance made by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

50:06

Jonathan Franks produces a cross, clearance by Nicky Wroe.

49:25

Effort on goal by John Mousinho from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

48:13

The ball is delivered by David Buchanan, clearance by Evan Horwood. Effort on goal by John Welsh from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:52

The ball is crossed by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Outswinging corner taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff from the left by-line, save by Scott Flinders.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +4:17 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:37

Assist by Stuart Beavon.

45:00 +1:37 Goal scored

Goal! - John Mousinho - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Preston John Mousinho grabs a headed goal from close range. Hartlepool 0-1 Preston.

45:00 +1:06

Outswinging corner taken by Stuart Beavon from the left by-line,

44:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Chris Robertson. Evan Horwood crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

42:47

Jordan Richards sends in a cross. The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, Close range header by Steve Howard misses to the right of the goal.

42:29

Centre by John Mousinho, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

41:53 Penalty

A save by Scott Flinders from penalty by Nicky Wroe. Hartlepool 0-0 Preston.

40:50

Penalty awarded for a foul by Peter Hartley on Stuart Beavon.

38:40

Simon Walton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

37:50

The ball is swung over by Jordan Richards, Todd Kane manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, Luke Foster manages to make a clearance.

34:16

Centre by Evan Horwood, clearance made by Luke Foster. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack King on Ritchie Humphreys. Evan Horwood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

34:16 Substitution

Substitution Bailey Wright leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Robertson.

30:41

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the left by-line, clearance by Luke Foster.

30:00

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke. Evan Horwood crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Bailey Wright.

28:38

Todd Kane produces a cross.

24:49

Evan Horwood delivers the ball, save made by Steve Simonsen.

24:04

Steve Howard takes a shot. Blocked by John Mousinho.

23:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney by David Buchanan. Free kick taken by Jordan Richards.

22:20

Unfair challenge on Evan Horwood by John Welsh results in a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

17:34

John Welsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Wyke. Evan Horwood produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by John Mousinho. Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the left by-line, Stuart Beavon manages to make a clearance.

16:20

The offside flag is raised against Stuart Beavon. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

15:23

The referee blows for offside against Stuart Beavon. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

14:31

Antony Sweeney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

13:38

David Buchanan takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

12:58

Foul by David Buchanan on Simon Walton, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

10:42

Sam Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack King. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Wroe.

10:03

Effort from outside the penalty box by Simon Walton goes wide right of the goal.

9:50

Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff makes a clearance.

8:45

The ball is crossed by Todd Kane, clearance by Peter Hartley.

8:12

The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, clearance by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

7:34

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys. Peter Hartley restarts play with the free kick.

6:42

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Antony Sweeney, free kick awarded. Scott Flinders takes the direct free kick.

6:18

John Mousinho delivers the ball.

5:25

Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Blocked by Bailey Wright. Outswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line, Steve Simonsen makes a save.

4:13

Antony Sweeney concedes a free kick for a foul on David Buchanan. Direct free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

3:26

Evan Horwood fouled by Jack King, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

2:28

Peter Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack King. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, clearance by Jordan Richards.

2:04

Charlie Wyke concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Foster. John Mousinho restarts play with the free kick.

0:29

Unfair challenge on Stuart Beavon by Simon Walton results in a free kick. Nicky Wroe takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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