Second-half goals from Preston's Keith Keane and Josh Brownhill consigned Gillingham to defeat in Peter Taylor's first match as interim manager.

Keane broke the deadlock when he latched onto a quick throw-in and his low shot crept inside the far post.

After Chris Whelpdale squandered two chances to equalise, a superb run and lay-off from Stuart Beavon set up Brownhill to sidefoot home.

Danny Kedwell pulled one back when he headed in from a Whelpdale free-kick.

The Gills almost grabbed a point late on, but Kedwell headed into Declan Rudd's hands and Joe Martin had a shot blocked in injury time.

Taylor, who led Gillingham to promotion to the second tier in 1999-2000, returned to Priestfield this week following the sacking of Martin Allen last Sunday.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham interim boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think there were some good bits and some disappointing bits.

"Overall I was very pleased, we passed the ball well, created some decent chances which on another day would have gone in.

"I said to the players, no dropping of the heads because the way we finished we could have got some goals. It could have been a point which would have been a much happier evening."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a game that, for 60 minutes, we were cruising. We controlled the first half and just needed to up the tempo in the final third.

"We got the two goals, but their goal changed it and they went for it.

"For the last five minutes, we were hanging on a bit. We hung in and got three points."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 12 Gregory
  • 19 Hollands (Akinfenwa - 88' )
  • 10 McDonald (Weston - 57' )
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 18 Lee Booked (German - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Linganzi
  • 05 Davies
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 11 Weston
  • 15 Dack
  • 16 German
  • 21 Howard

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 92' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 02 Keane Booked
  • 19 Welsh
  • 30 Brownhill (Byrom - 70' )
  • 10 Beavon (Buchanan - 85' )
  • 09 Davies

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 11 Holmes
  • 13 Byrom
  • 14 Garner
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Graham Horwood

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

4 2

Corners

2 3

Fouls

14 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 1, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +5:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +5:32

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +5:32

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

90:00 +2:18

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by David Buchanan.

90:00 +1:47 Substitution

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

90:00 +1:00

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

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

89:27

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

89:27

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:33

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

87:33

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

87:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Danny Hollands.

86:24

Attempt saved. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:00

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:56

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

85:25

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

85:25

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

84:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. David Buchanan replaces Stuart Beavon.

82:00

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

81:58

Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).

81:27

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

81:04

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

80:00

Antonio German (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:59

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

75:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Preston North End 2. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

74:36 Booking

Booking Keith Keane (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

74:27

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

74:27

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:40

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:40

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Joel Byrom replaces Josh Brownhill because of an injury.

68:28

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

67:25

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

67:25

Antonio German (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Charlie Lee.

65:34

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

63:53

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

63:53

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:16

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

63:16

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:23

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

57:23

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

56:46

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:46

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

56:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Cody McDonald.

52:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 0, Preston North End 2. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

48:49

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:18

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

48:18

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

47:54

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

47:54

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:44

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

46:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 0, Preston North End 1. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Leon Legge.

41:00

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:57

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

37:35

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:35

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

36:04

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

34:33

Danny Hollands (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:33

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

33:49

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Martin.

32:29

Attempt missed. Michael Harriman (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

31:58

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

29:10

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

25:21

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:21

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

24:10 Booking

Booking Charlie Lee (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

24:06

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:06

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

19:02

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

16:51 Booking

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

16:35

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

16:35

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:17

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:17

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

12:12

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

12:12

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:40

Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

11:04

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

11:04

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

6:40

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

5:34

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

4:37

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

4:37

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

3:00

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

2:54

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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