Tom Clarke scored a late winner as League One Preston defeated Lancashire rivals Blackpool in the first round of the Capital One Cup at Deepdale.

The summer signing headed a deep Lee Holmes free-kick back across goal and beyond Matt Gilks as North End edged a tight contest of few clear openings.

Jack Robinson mishit a late chance to equalise for the Championship side.

Gilks denied Iain Hume before North End scored, while the final whistle saw a pitch invasion by many home fans.

Police horses were brought on to the field to disperse the sizeable number of supporters who had made their way on to the pitch.

Some Preston supporters ran on to the pitch at the final whistle

Some Preston supporters ran on to the pitch at the final whistle

It was an unsavoury end to the first meeting between the two rivals since February 2010.

That previous encounter - a Championship fixture - finished goalless and there was little during the first half at Deepdale on Monday to suggest their latest meeting would be much different.

Pool keeper Gilks made a comfortable save from a Holmes free-kick in the opening minutes but had little else to do before the break.

The visiting side - with summer signing Michael Chopra making his full debut as one of three changes from the side that won at Doncaster on Saturday - looked most threatening when Tom Ince was in possession.

Ince angry at Preston pitch invasion

The 21-year-old shot wide midway through the opening half and later showed the North End defence a clean pair of heels before drilling a left-foot strike wide of Declan Rudd's goal.

The tie opened up after the break, with a more assured and attacking North End going close with a shot across goal from the inventive Hume and, later, a low long-range strike from Holmes, both of which were saved by Gilks.

Angel Martinez, Kirk Broadfoot and Chopra all threatened with headers for Blackpool - with the last effort bouncing up off the turf and narrowly over Rudd's crossbar.

But the tie swung decisively in the League One side's favour when Clarke scored North End's first goal of the season as boss Simon Grayson saw his team win against the side that he managed from 2005 until he left for Leeds United in 2008.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 02 Keane
  • 11 Holmes Booked
  • 19 Welsh
  • 24 Hayhurst (Davies - 90' )
  • 14 Garner (King - 69' )
  • 27 Hume (Humphrey - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 03 Laird
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 08 Wroe
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 22 King
  • 09 Davies

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Robinson
  • 05 MacKenzie
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 17 Basham
  • 31 Angel (Grant - 75' )
  • 08 Chopra Booked
  • 09 Davies
  • 11 Ince

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 33 Harris
  • 10 Grant
  • 12 Bishop
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 23 Eccleston
  • 27 Barkhuizen

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

6 2

Corners

4 3

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:37

Shot by Jack Robinson went over the crossbar.

89:45 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Kevin Davies coming on for Will Hayhurst.

86:38

Assist on the goal came from Lee Holmes.

86:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Clarke - Preston 1 - 0 Blackpool Tom Clarke scores a headed goal. Preston 1-0 Blackpool.

85:55

Unfair challenge on Bailey Wright by Kirk Broadfoot results in a free kick. Lee Holmes takes the free kick.

85:07

Lee Holmes has an effort at goal. Matt Gilks parries the effort to safety.

83:10

Corner taken by Bobby Grant. Header at goal by Gary MacKenzie goes over the frame of the goal.

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Iain Hume leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Grant is brought on as a substitute for Angel Martinez.

73:00

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the right by-line.

73:00

Iain Hume takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.

70:57

Will Hayhurst fouled by Chris Basham, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot. Header at goal by Michael Chopra to the left of the net.

68:34

Unfair challenge on Chris Basham by Jack King results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Ince.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner leaves the field to be replaced by Jack King.

66:01 Booking

Booking

66:01

The referee books Lee Holmes for dissent.

66:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Holmes on Jack Robinson. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

65:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Holmes.

65:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Tom Ince. John Welsh takes the free kick.

64:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Holmes.

64:00

Iain Hume takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Diving save by Matt Gilks.

63:00

Unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Angel Martinez results in a free kick. Keith Keane takes the free kick.

62:00

Corner taken by Craig Cathcart from the right by-line.

61:00

Shot by Iain Hume went wide of the left-hand upright.

59:00

David Buchanan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

58:00

Shot by Gary MacKenzie went wide left of the target.

57:00

Paul Huntington takes a shot.

57:00

Corner taken by John Welsh from the right by-line.

56:00

Iain Hume fouled by Chris Basham, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Huntington.

55:12

Unfair challenge on Chris Basham by John Welsh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bobby Grant.

53:42

Clearance by John Welsh.

53:01

Lee Holmes crosses the ball.

52:40

Gary MacKenzie takes a shot. Declan Rudd catches the ball.

52:38

Centre by Jack Robinson.

51:13

Lee Holmes manages to make a clearance.

51:08

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

51:07

The ball is sent over by Jack Robinson.

49:27

Header at goal by Angel Martinez misses left of the target.

49:24

The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot.

48:25

Clearance made by Will Hayhurst.

48:19

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

47:47

Clearance made by Joe Garner.

46:09

Centre by Tom Ince.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:57

Clearance made by Gary MacKenzie.

45:00 +0:15

Clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

45:00 +0:12

John Welsh crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:41

Craig Cathcart concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Garner.

44:19

Clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

43:41

Gary MacKenzie makes a clearance.

42:09

Clearance by Craig Cathcart.

40:36

The ball is delivered by Joe Garner.

40:00

Clearance made by Gary MacKenzie.

39:17

Tom Ince takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

38:17

Shot by Iain Hume missed to the left of the net.

37:58

Chris Basham makes a clearance.

37:13

Clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

36:34

Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

35:57

Will Hayhurst challenges Barry Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

35:49

Gary MacKenzie manages to make a clearance.

35:47

Will Hayhurst sends in a cross.

33:13

Header at goal by Gary MacKenzie goes right of the post.

33:10

Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

32:13

Tom Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Ince.

31:55

Will Hayhurst produces a cross.

31:48

John Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

31:33

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

31:24

Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

31:20

Paul Huntington challenges Michael Chopra unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:34

Tom Ince takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

30:22

Lee Holmes makes a clearance.

28:26

The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot.

27:43

Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

27:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Huntington on Steven Davies.

27:20

John Welsh crosses the ball in from the free kick.

26:57

Kirk Broadfoot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner.

26:46

Clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

25:54

Clearance by Michael Chopra.

25:22

Clearance by Keith Keane.

25:20

Gary MacKenzie manages to make a clearance.

25:15

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

24:48

Tom Ince gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Clarke.

24:03

Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

23:30

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot on John Welsh, free kick awarded.

22:46

Clearance made by Chris Basham.

22:31

Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.

22:02

Unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Michael Chopra results in a free kick.

21:58

Craig Cathcart gets a header at goal. Joe Garner gets a block in.

21:57

Corner taken by Tom Ince from the left by-line.

21:24

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

20:35

Clearance made by Will Hayhurst.

18:27

Jack Robinson makes a clearance.

17:09

Keith Keane takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

16:59

David Buchanan makes a clearance.

16:26

Tom Ince has an effort at goal. A parry by Declan Rudd prevents the goal.

16:03

Free kick taken by Angel Martinez.

16:00

Unfair challenge on Angel Martinez by John Welsh results in a free kick.

15:29

Clearance by Craig Cathcart.

15:15

Clearance made by Keith Keane.

14:46

Clearance made by Gary MacKenzie.

13:54

Free kick crossed by John Welsh.

13:11

Joe Garner fouled by Angel Martinez, the ref awards a free kick.

13:08

Clearance made by Will Hayhurst.

12:19

Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

12:15

Tom Clarke takes the free kick.

11:51

Michael Chopra booked.

11:51 Booking

Booking

11:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Chopra on Lee Holmes.

10:30

Shot by Lee Holmes. Matt Gilks blocks the ball.

8:20

Clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

8:17

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

7:47

Steven Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Declan Rudd.

7:42

A cross is delivered by Chris Basham.

7:37

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

7:33

Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.

6:59

Michael Chopra fouled by John Welsh, the ref awards a free kick.

6:37

Clearance by Craig Cathcart.

4:13

The ball is delivered by David Buchanan.

3:31

Iain Hume makes a clearance.

3:16

The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot.

2:50

Clearance by John Welsh.

2:48

Tom Ince crosses the ball in from the free kick.

2:16

Bailey Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davies.

1:34

Shot on goal comes in from Lee Holmes from the free kick. Matt Gilks catches the ball.

0:45

Gary MacKenzie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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