Kevin Davies scored his first goal for Preston as they beat Oldham to move into the League One play-off places.

The 36-year-old summer signing drove a penalty just inside the post after he had been fouled by James Wesolowski.

Stuart Beavon had given North End the lead when he unknowingly flicked in Joel Byrom's free-kick and Scott Laird later missed a chance for a third.

Oldham dominated the closing stages and James Tarkowski powerfully headed in a corner but they could not grab a point.

Tarkowski earlier had a header saved by Preston keeper Declan Rudd while the follow-up effort from Danny Philliskirk was cleared off the line.

North End are now sixth in the table, unbeaten in their six matches, while the Latics are four points behind in 14th place.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We knew that Oldham have got some quality and were going to be a test for us.

"Should we have won the game? Possibly not because they had some good chances and kept possession well.

"But we had to do whatever was required to win the game. That meant putting bodies on the line. We have and will play better than that and not win games."

Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was the same old story - we dominated the game, but we were 2-0 down and they hadn't done anything.

"We had something like 18 chances away at a team like Preston, which shows where we are, but we're sat here as brave losers.

"That's a tag we have to shake off very quickly because we need to win some games."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Preston

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 06 Wright
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird (Hayhurst - 71' )
  • 11 Holmes Booked
  • 13 Byrom (Welsh - 70' )
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon (Garner - 89' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 08 Wroe
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 14 Garner
  • 27 Hume

Oldham

  • 01 Oxley
  • 03 Grounds
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 18 Matteo Lanzoni
  • 23 Mills
  • 04 Wesolowski (Clarke-Harris - 75' )
  • 07 Schmeltz (Montano - 65' )
  • 08 Smith
  • 19 Dayton
  • 09 Rooney (MacDonald - 65' )
  • 27 Philliskirk

Substitutes

  • 13 Rachubka
  • 05 Kusunga
  • 12 Mellor
  • 17 Rodgers
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 11 Montano
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
Ref: Naylor
Att: 10,292

Match Stats

Shots

7 18

On target

1 5

Corners

1 12

Fouls

20 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:13

Free kick taken by Bailey Wright.

90:00 +3:47

John Welsh fouled by James Dayton, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +3:34

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:05

Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:31

Tom Clarke takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joseph Mills on Joe Garner.

90:00 +1:11

Header by James Tarkowski misses left.

90:00 +1:09

The ball is crossed by Joseph Mills.

90:00 +0:45

John Welsh makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:42

The ball is sent over by Cristian Montano.

89:36

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

89:35

Free kick taken by Mark Oxley.

89:01

The referee books Joe Garner for unsporting behaviour.

89:01 Booking

Booking

88:48

Joe Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tarkowski.

88:23 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Beavon goes off and Joe Garner comes on.

86:47

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

86:16

Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick.

85:49

Foul by David Buchanan on Jonson Clarke-Harris, free kick awarded.

85:40

Jonathan Grounds manages to make a clearance.

85:34

The ball is crossed by Joseph Mills.

85:24

Tom Clarke makes a clearance.

85:01

Clearance made by Will Hayhurst.

85:00

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

84:54

David Buchanan manages to make a clearance.

84:48

Clearance made by Will Hayhurst.

84:21

Clearance by Will Hayhurst.

84:03

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

84:00

Mark Oxley takes the free kick.

83:36

Lee Holmes shown a yellow card.

83:36 Booking

Booking

83:22

Lee Holmes challenges Joseph Mills unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:34

Assist by Danny Philliskirk.

82:34 Goal scored

Goal! - James Tarkowski - Preston 2 - 1 Oldham James Tarkowski grabs a goal with a headed effort. Preston 2-1 Oldham.

82:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Philliskirk.

82:07

Declan Rudd manages to make a clearance.

82:05

Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick.

81:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris by David Buchanan.

81:18

James Tarkowski makes a clearance.

79:10

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

78:36

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

78:27

Will Hayhurst produces a cross.

77:21

The ball is delivered by Joseph Mills.

77:18

Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.

77:14

Corner taken by Joseph Mills.

76:43

James Dayton has an effort at goal. Blocked by Bailey Wright.

76:32

Cristian Montano sends in a cross.

75:53

Clearance by James Tarkowski.

75:52

The ball is delivered by Will Hayhurst.

75:05

Joseph Mills restarts play with the free kick.

74:52 Substitution

Substitution Jonson Clarke-Harris on for James Wesolowski.

74:29

Unfair challenge on Danny Philliskirk by Keith Keane results in a free kick.

74:06

Mark Oxley restarts play with the free kick.

73:48

Stuart Beavon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Grounds.

73:13

Stuart Beavon takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

72:57

James Wesolowski makes a clearance.

71:49

Clearance made by Tom Clarke.

70:13 Substitution

Substitution Will Hayhurst is brought on as a substitute for Scott Laird.

69:56 Substitution

Substitution John Welsh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joel Byrom.

69:13

Cristian Montano delivers the ball.

68:30

Clearance made by David Buchanan.

67:57

Joseph Mills crosses the ball in from the free kick.

67:07

Foul by David Buchanan on James Dayton, free kick awarded.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Charlie MacDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Rooney.

64:41 Substitution

Substitution Cristian Montano comes on in place of Sidney Schmeltz.

63:33

Clearance by Scott Laird.

63:18

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

62:55

Centre by David Buchanan.

62:30

James Dayton sends in a cross.

61:09

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

60:43

Header at goal by Bailey Wright misses left of the target.

60:41

Lee Holmes crosses the ball in from the free kick.

59:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matteo Lanzoni on Stuart Beavon.

59:34

Adam Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Huntington gets a block in.

59:33

James Dayton sends in a cross.

59:00

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

58:33

James Dayton concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Clarke.

57:51

A cross is delivered by Matteo Lanzoni.

57:06

Clearance made by Scott Laird.

57:03

Sidney Schmeltz produces a cross.

56:40

Free kick taken by Jonathan Grounds.

56:33

The referee blows for offside against Stuart Beavon.

55:15

A cross is delivered by James Dayton.

54:12

Shot by Kevin Davies went wide of the left-hand upright.

54:01

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

53:58

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

53:25

Scott Laird takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

51:52

Clearance by David Buchanan.

51:42

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

51:39

Joseph Mills crosses the ball.

51:33

Korey Smith restarts play with the free kick.

51:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Rooney by Bailey Wright.

50:56

Keith Keane manages to make a clearance.

50:53

Sidney Schmeltz crosses the ball in from the free kick.

50:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Holmes on James Tarkowski.

50:22

Clearance made by Kevin Davies.

50:16

Corner taken by Joseph Mills.

49:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sidney Schmeltz.

49:07

Tom Clarke makes a clearance.

49:06

James Dayton produces a cross.

48:36

Clearance made by Tom Clarke.

46:38

Joseph Mills takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Declan Rudd makes a block.

46:35

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

46:33

Centre by Matteo Lanzoni.

46:22

A cross is delivered by Danny Philliskirk.

46:11

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

46:09

James Dayton produces a cross.

46:01

James Dayton takes a shot. Shot by Joseph Mills. Tom Clarke gets a block in. Blocked by Lee Holmes.

45:55

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

45:52

Centre by Sidney Schmeltz.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

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

45:00 +1:23

Header by James Tarkowski goes over the bar.

45:00 +1:21

Sidney Schmeltz crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +1:00 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:00

Booking for Tom Clarke for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:53

Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Tom Clarke results in a free kick.

45:00 +0:14

Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.

44:36

The referee blows for offside.

44:06

Joseph Mills produces a cross.

43:24

Header by Jonathan Grounds misses to the right of the target.

43:19

Corner taken by Sidney Schmeltz from the left by-line.

43:02

Clearance by David Buchanan.

42:59

Joseph Mills delivers the ball.

42:37

Clearance made by Lee Holmes.

42:35

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

42:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Mills.

42:05

Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

42:02

Sidney Schmeltz produces a cross.

41:41

Scott Laird takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Tarkowski.

41:39

Clearance made by James Tarkowski.

41:38

Lee Holmes sends in a cross.

41:29

The ball is crossed by Scott Laird.

40:45

Matteo Lanzoni manages to make a clearance.

40:42

Lee Holmes crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:17

Sidney Schmeltz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan.

40:10

Clearance by James Tarkowski.

40:08

Lee Holmes produces a cross.

39:27

James Tarkowski takes the free kick.

39:20

Foul by Joel Byrom on Korey Smith, free kick awarded.

38:53

James Dayton produces a cross.

38:48

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

38:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Davies - Preston 2 - 0 Oldham Kevin Davies scores a power penalty. Preston 2-0 Oldham.

37:18

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by James Wesolowski.

37:15

Header at goal by Scott Laird misses to the right.

37:11

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

36:45

Clearance by James Tarkowski.

36:45

Stuart Beavon delivers the ball.

35:15

Shot by Adam Rooney went wide right of the post.

35:08

James Dayton delivers the ball.

34:58

Free kick taken by Joseph Mills.

34:23

Foul by Tom Clarke on James Dayton, free kick awarded.

34:04

Clearance made by Joseph Mills.

34:00

Bailey Wright restarts play with the free kick.

33:32

Paul Huntington fouled by James Wesolowski, the ref awards a free kick.

33:15

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

32:33

Joel Byrom makes a clearance.

32:30

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

31:24

Corner taken by Joseph Mills from the right by-line.

30:59

David Buchanan manages to make a clearance.

30:56

Centre by Sidney Schmeltz.

30:38

Clearance made by Lee Holmes.

30:28

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

29:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Tarkowski by Lee Holmes.

27:54

Clearance made by Tom Clarke.

27:50

Tom Clarke makes a clearance.

27:47

The ball is swung over by Matteo Lanzoni.

27:33

Kevin Davies makes a clearance.

27:32

The ball is swung over by Sidney Schmeltz.

27:26

Shot by James Dayton. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

27:15

Matteo Lanzoni takes the free kick.

26:59

Foul by Kevin Davies on Matteo Lanzoni, free kick awarded.

26:29

Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.

26:12

Matteo Lanzoni crosses the ball.

25:50

Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.

25:46

Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

25:41

David Buchanan manages to make a clearance.

25:44

Kevin Davies makes a clearance.

25:45

Shot by Danny Philliskirk. Header at goal by James Tarkowski. Declan Rudd fumbles the ball. Declan Rudd parries the ball but the danger is not over.

25:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sidney Schmeltz.

25:15

Corner taken by Joseph Mills from the right by-line.

24:47

Clearance by Kevin Davies.

24:41

Corner taken by Sidney Schmeltz from the left by-line.

24:13

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joseph Mills.

23:36

James Dayton takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Huntington.

23:04

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

23:01

Jonathan Grounds delivers the ball.

22:49

A cross is delivered by Korey Smith.

22:28

Clearance made by David Buchanan.

22:18

Sidney Schmeltz takes a shot. Declan Rudd parries the ball but the danger is not over.

21:12

Korey Smith makes a clearance.

21:07

David Buchanan delivers the ball.

20:18

Shot by Adam Rooney went wide left of the goal.

19:52

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

19:30

A cross is delivered by David Buchanan.

19:28

James Tarkowski makes a clearance.

19:23

Free kick taken by Tom Clarke.

18:55

Foul by James Dayton on Scott Laird, free kick awarded.

18:03

Shot by Joseph Mills went wide right of the net.

18:02

The ball is sent over by James Wesolowski.

17:58

Adam Rooney takes the free kick.

17:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bailey Wright on Adam Rooney.

17:28

Jonathan Grounds restarts play with the free kick.

17:16

Unfair challenge on James Tarkowski by Kevin Davies results in a free kick.

16:37

James Tarkowski restarts play with the free kick.

16:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Keith Keane.

15:45

Joel Byrom manages to make a clearance.

15:19

Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick.

14:50

Unfair challenge on Adam Rooney by Paul Huntington results in a free kick.

12:54

The assist for the goal came from Joel Byrom.

12:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Beavon - Preston 1 - 0 Oldham Stuart Beavon scores. Preston 1-0 Oldham.

12:02

Sidney Schmeltz concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird.

11:58

Clearance made by James Tarkowski.

11:56

Lee Holmes crosses the ball in from the free kick.

11:19

Unfair challenge on Lee Holmes by Joseph Mills results in a free kick.

9:19

Matteo Lanzoni produces a cross.

9:17

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

7:47

Clearance made by Matteo Lanzoni.

7:45

Kevin Davies crosses the ball.

6:57

Joseph Mills manages to make a clearance.

6:47

Clearance made by Kevin Davies.

6:44

Corner taken by Sidney Schmeltz.

6:06

Sidney Schmeltz takes a shot. Bailey Wright gets a block in.

5:15

Adam Rooney restarts play with the free kick.

5:12

Paul Huntington challenges Adam Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick.

5:05

Clearance by Jonathan Grounds.

5:03

Scott Laird produces a cross.

4:32

Free kick taken by Keith Keane.

4:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joseph Mills on Lee Holmes.

4:12

Clearance made by Joel Byrom.

4:09

Sidney Schmeltz sends in a cross.

3:17

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

2:54

Joseph Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Clarke.

2:46

Stuart Beavon makes a clearance.

2:35

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

2:33

Tom Clarke manages to make a clearance.

1:52

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

1:40

The ball is sent over by Tom Clarke.

1:02

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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