Byron Moore scored his first goal of the season to help League One strugglers Crewe to victory at Preston.

Moore put the Railwaymen in front against the run of play in the first half, firing low past Declan Rudd from inside the box.

Brad Inman doubled the advantage with a stunning curled shot from the edge of the area after the break.

Preston's best chance came inside three minutes when striker Iain Hume bent an effort onto the crossbar.

Alex goalkeeper Steve Phillips was called into action early on, turning Scott Laird's shot around the post.

From the resulting corner Hume, a surprise starter after being called up for international duty with Canada this week, hit the top of the bar from outside the box.

Crewe Alexandra earned their first League One win in seven games, dating back to 17 August when they overcame Tranmere Rovers 2-1.

The clean sheet was also the first of the campaign for the Alex.

North End kept the pressure on with Stuart Beavon testing Phillips again before Moore got onto the end of a slick Chuks Aneke ball to open the scoring with a rare chance at the other end.

Former Bolton striker Kevin Davies nodded a golden second-half chance to equalise past the post after meeting Beavon's cross.

Then, as the League One high-flyers went in search of a leveller, Inman struck to make it 2-0.

Adam Dugdale came close to a third, lashing his effort onto the underside of the bar before it ricocheted off Rudd's back and behind for a corner.

While Crewe secured only their second league win of the season, with their first clean sheet this term, it was Preston's third successive loss in all competitions.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"There are fine margins in football. We knew the first goal would be vitally important because we knew Crewe's confidence levels could be quite fragile.

"We started very positively and we needed to get that first goal. Unfortunately they got it and, once they've got it, it's given them something to hold on to.

"I'm disappointed to lose at home for the first time, but we always said that it's a 10-month season and not a two-month season."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"They were both fantastic finishes from Byron and Brad and we could have had a third when Adam Dugdale's effort hit the bar as well.

"I've been saying for the last few weeks that our performances have been reasonably good although we haven't had the results. Now we have to take real confidence from a great away win here against a good Preston side.

"We changed the system and practised it during the week, so for it to come off was very pleasing. They have transferred what we did out on the training ground into the game and that is all you can ask."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 65' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 02 Keane (Welsh - 74' )
  • 13 Byrom (Brownhill - 73' )
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon Booked
  • 27 Hume

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 30 Brownhill

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 02 Tootle
  • 08 Osman Booked
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 42 Grant (Nolan - 84' )
  • 26 Aneke (Oliver - 93' )
  • 20 Turton Booked
  • 14 Inman Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Clayton
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver
  • 21 Garratt
  • 24 Molyneux
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 9,268

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

2 2

Corners

7 3

Fouls

21 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +5:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +4:23

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

90:00 +4:23

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:57

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:10

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke because of an injury.

90:00 +1:46

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:46

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +1:13 Booking

Booking Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:05

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:05

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:23

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +0:05

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

88:00

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:58

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

87:23

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

85:02

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

85:02

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:24

(Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:24

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

83:59 Booking

Booking Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

83:43

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

83:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Liam Nolan replaces Anthony Grant.

82:30

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

82:30

Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:51

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

74:48 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

74:36

Hand ball by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

73:42

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

73:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Keith Keane.

72:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Joel Byrom.

72:37

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:37

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

71:09

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

70:54

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

70:04

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

68:19

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:19

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

67:30

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

67:30

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:42

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:42

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

64:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

63:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 2. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chukwuemeka Aneke.

59:49

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

59:49

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:44

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

55:41 Booking

Booking Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

55:34

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

55:34

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:12 Booking

Booking Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

52:00

Iain Hume (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:00

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

51:17

Foul by Joel Byrom (Preston North End).

51:17

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:55

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chukwuemeka Aneke.

50:20

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

49:50

Hand ball by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

48:27

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

48:27

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:43

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:20

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +0:54

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00 +0:54

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:32

Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

44:49

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:49

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

43:54

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:54

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

43:00

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:55

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

41:40

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

41:40

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:14

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

39:26

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

39:26

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:04

Attempt blocked. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:02

Attempt missed. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

31:32

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:32

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

30:40

Attempt blocked. Iain Hume (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:25

Attempt blocked. Joel Byrom (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:34

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

29:34

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:10

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:12

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

28:12

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

25:22

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:22

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

24:21

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:21

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

21:25

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

21:25

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

17:17

Iain Hume (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:17

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

16:41

Attempt blocked. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:27

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

13:27

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:50

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

12:50

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:14

Iain Hume (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:14

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

9:26

Joel Byrom (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:26

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

7:04

Foul by Joel Byrom (Preston North End).

7:04

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:49

Attempt missed. Joel Byrom (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

2:26

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

2:26

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:08

Iain Hume (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

1:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Phillips.

1:24

Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:22

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:22

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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