Jack King scored his first goal of 2013 as Preston increased Scunthorpe's fears of being relegated from League One.

Lee Holmes put improving North End ahead, slotting Stuart Beavon's pass under Eirik Holmen Johansen, before Nicky Wroe pounced on the on-loan keeper's poor clearance to make it 2-0.

King rifled against the post late on but nodded in Jeffrey Monakana's cross soon afterwards to seal the win.

The defeat left the Iron in the bottom four zone on goal difference.

Scunthorpe are level on points with Oldham but the Latics have two games in hand.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"As a manager, you've got to look at the table and until you're mathematically safe you have to keep working hard and keep producing performances.

"We've got a duty to finish the season in a positive manner.

"In the first half we were comfortable without creating too many opportunities. We got the first goal and from then on we were in control, but you always need that second goal. That was a big moment for us."

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I can't complain about the result today. Preston were better than us on the day.

"They were avoidable goals, the first one in particular, where we've not tracked a runner, and then he's had the run of the box and an easy task to put the ball in the back of the net.

"The second goal was a comedy of errors. The goalkeepers made a mistake, he's not cleared the ball and it's gone in the back of an empty net. It knocked the stuffing out of everybody."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Preston

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 15 Connolly Booked
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 26 Wright
  • 02 Keane Booked (Monakana - 81' )
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes (Welsh - 46' )
  • 22 King
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 29 Beavon (Garner - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 27 Foster
  • 17 Monakana
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 09 Cummins
  • 14 Garner

Scunthorpe

  • 26 Johansen
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey Booked
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 09 Sodje
  • 11 Barcham (Grella - 53' )
  • 17 Godden (Alabi - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 23 Forde
  • 10 Grella
  • 22 Hawley
  • 27 Alabi
Ref: Deadman
Att: 8,118

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

12 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:23

The assist for the goal came from Jeffrey Monakana.

90:00 +2:23 Goal scored

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

90:00 +2:16

Centre by Jeffrey Monakana,

90:00 +2:05

Joe Garner sends in a cross, clearance by Niall Canavan.

90:00 +0:29

Unfair challenge on Jeffrey Monakana by Tom Newey results in a free kick. Paul Connolly takes the direct free kick. Effort from 18 yards by William Hayhurst. David Mirfin gets a block in.

89:20

Effort from the edge of the area by James Alabi goes wide of the right-hand upright.

89:01

Jeffrey Monakana takes a shot. David Mirfin gets a block in.

87:46

Foul by Paul Huntington on Mike Grella, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tom Newey from left channel, Jack King makes a clearance.

86:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Nicky Wroe. John Welsh takes the direct free kick.

85:36

Effort from 18 yards by Nicky Wroe. Eirik Holmen Johansen makes a save. William Hayhurst produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Eirik Holmen Johansen makes a save.

84:49

Mike Grella takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd.

84:16 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner on for Stuart Beavon.

82:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Duffy on Jack King. John Welsh crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, David Buchanan challenges Mike Grella unfairly and gives away a free kick. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the free kick. Shot by Jimmy Ryan. Blocked by Bailey Wright.

80:12

Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

80:12 Substitution

Substitution Keith Keane leaves the field to be replaced by Jeffrey Monakana.

80:12

William Hayhurst takes the inswinging corner,

79:12

David Buchanan produces a cross, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

77:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Akpo Sodje. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

76:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Wroe - Preston 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Nicky Wroe finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 2-0 Scunthorpe.

75:03

Keith Keane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Collins. Free kick crossed by Tom Newey.

73:57

Jack King concedes a free kick for a foul on Akpo Sodje. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jimmy Ryan from right channel, clearance made by Paul Connolly.

73:28 Substitution

Substitution Matt Godden leaves the field to be replaced by James Alabi.

71:01

Shot by Jack King from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

70:11

Effort from the edge of the area by Nicky Wroe goes wide of the right-hand post.

69:32

Unfair challenge on Jack King by Jimmy Ryan results in a free kick. Paul Huntington takes the free kick.

68:21

Unfair challenge on Michael Collins by John Welsh results in a free kick. David Mirfin takes the direct free kick.

66:27

Foul by David Mirfin on William Hayhurst, free kick awarded. Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

66:07

Jack King is penalised for a handball. Tom Newey takes the free kick.

65:34

The ball is sent over by Akpo Sodje.

64:47

Keith Keane takes a shot. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

64:14

Corner taken by John Welsh played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Newey.

62:13

Eirik Holmen Johansen restarts play with the free kick. Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Declan Rudd. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

62:13 Booking

Booking Booking for Keith Keane.

60:49

Keith Keane challenges Christian Ribeiro unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:49 Substitution

Substitution John Welsh is brought on as a substitute for Lee Holmes.

60:49

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Wroe,

60:35

David Buchanan fouled by Jimmy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

59:47

Christian Ribeiro sends in a cross, Akpo Sodje has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

59:13

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Ryan, David Buchanan gets a block in.

55:47

Outswinging corner taken by William Hayhurst, clearance by David Mirfin. William Hayhurst produces a cross, save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

54:24

Corner taken by Tom Newey from the right by-line, David Mirfin has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

53:31

Stuart Beavon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

52:08 Substitution

Substitution Mike Grella comes on in place of Andy Barcham.

51:02

The ball is delivered by Tom Newey, clearance by Bailey Wright.

48:07

Shot from 25 yards from Stuart Beavon. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

46:21

Stuart Beavon challenges Mark Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Mirfin takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:21

Mark Duffy has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

44:21

Unfair challenge on Andy Barcham by Jack King results in a free kick. Christian Ribeiro takes the free kick.

42:31

Lee Holmes takes the inswinging corner, David Mirfin makes a clearance. Effort from deep inside the area by Bailey Wright clears the bar.

41:39

Akpo Sodje challenges Keith Keane unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Buchanan takes the direct free kick.

40:42

The ball is sent over by Paul Connolly, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

37:04

Assist by Stuart Beavon.

37:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Holmes - Preston 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Lee Holmes gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 1-0 Scunthorpe.

35:27

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Holmes.

34:55

Mark Duffy has a volleyed shot. Niall Canavan gets a block in.

32:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Huntington on Akpo Sodje. Mark Duffy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Paul Connolly. Corner taken by Tom Newey, clearance made by Jack King. Mark Duffy delivers the ball in from the corner, save by Declan Rudd.

31:35

Lee Holmes challenges Tom Newey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

28:23

Foul by Andy Barcham on Paul Connolly, free kick awarded. Paul Connolly takes the direct free kick.

26:59

Tom Newey takes the free kick.

26:59 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Connolly a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

26:32

Paul Connolly challenges Andy Barcham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:01

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Ryan.

23:44

Bailey Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Akpo Sodje. Mark Duffy has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

22:54

Long distance shot from Jimmy Ryan misses to the left of the net.

21:59

Keith Keane is penalised for a handball. Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick. David Mirfin takes a shot. Declan Rudd makes a save.

20:48

Shot by Keith Keane. Blocked by Niall Canavan.

20:32

Matt Godden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Connolly. Paul Connolly takes the free kick.

18:53

The offside flag is raised against Akpo Sodje. Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

18:10

Unfair challenge on Keith Keane by Michael Collins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Keane.

14:21

The ball is delivered by William Hayhurst.

12:09

Jack King concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Ryan. Free kick taken by Michael Collins.

8:36

Shot from 35 yards by Keith Keane. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

6:19

The ball is crossed by William Hayhurst, save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

6:02

Unfair challenge on Lee Holmes by Andy Barcham results in a free kick. Nicky Wroe restarts play with the free kick.

3:54

Lee Holmes restarts play with the free kick. Stuart Beavon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the direct free kick.

3:54 Booking

Booking Booking for Tom Newey for unsporting behaviour.

3:50

Tom Newey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack King.

1:37

Lee Holmes sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Duffy.

0:23

Unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Jack King results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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