Joe Garner scored twice in Preston North End's 2-0 victory over Port Vale after a case of mistaken identity saw him escape a red card.

Garner struck Vale's Anthony Griffith in the 13th minute but referee Andy Madley sent off Neil Kilkenny instead.

Kilkenny had to be persuaded to leave the pitch as Preston boss Simon Grayson remonstrated with Mr Madley.

But striker Garner went on to score in each half to hand 10-man North End a fourth straight away win in League One.

The first was an unstoppable 18-yard shot that found the top-right corner.

Vale top scorer Tom Pope then had a header cleared off the line, while substitute Gavin Tomlin fired wide from long range.

But the visitors caught Vale on the break and Garner's penalty, after Chris Neal tripped substitute Will Hayhurst, ensured that Preston came out on top in the first league meeting between the two sides in 20 years.

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"To be honest, I saw Griff down on the floor, I could hear the crowd screaming for something and I did see someone throwing a punch but I couldn't tell you who it was.

"But, when a side goes down to 10 men so early, if you don't beat them you have got to ask questions why. We lost because we weren't good enough - all 14 of us. And, if you want to include me in that, all 15 of us, because I picked the side.

"We looked lethargic in the first half, didn't pass the ball early enough, didn't get it wide, didn't cross the ball from the right areas and played too many straight balls.

"But you have got to give credit to Preston. Against 11 men it would have been difficult. They are a good side. They went down to Orient, the league leaders and beat them and won their last three away games coming into this one without conceding a goal so it was always going to be difficult."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Going down to 10 men early in the game, we knew we had to work hard against a team that have won five out of their last six games.

"We've done well. There are different ways of winning football matches and we've had to defend for our lives."

On Neil Kilkenny's red card: "I don't want to do an Arsene Wenger but it's a big pitch and there were bodies in the way.

"The referee's made a decision that we're obviously disappointed with because you don't want to be down to 10 men against a good team, but the lads showed so much character and desire to get a result."

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal Booked
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 Dickinson Booked (Tomlin - 63' )
  • 18 Lines
  • 24 Duffy
  • 04 Robertson Booked
  • 09 Myrie-Williams Booked
  • 21 Griffith (Taylor - 45' )
  • 19 Williamson (Hughes - 66' )
  • 11 Pope
  • 08 Dodds Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Chilvers
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 12 Johnson
  • 14 Taylor
  • 26 Birchall
  • 29 Hughes
  • 39 Hugill

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd Booked
  • 07 Humphrey (Huntington - 87' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright
  • 22 King
  • 05 Clarke
  • 37 Kilkenny Dismissed
  • 12 Gallagher Booked (Hayhurst - 66' )
  • 14 Garner Booked
  • 09 Davies (Keane - 25' )
  • 19 Welsh

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 04 Huntington
  • 13 Byrom
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 5,889

Match Stats

Shots

4 7

On target

2 5

Corners

13 4

Fouls

19 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +6:46 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2.

90:00 +3:48

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

90:00 +3:29

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

90:00 +2:42

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

90:00 +1:39

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:29

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

90:00 +0:20

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Yates.

90:00 +0:02

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Yates.

88:24

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

88:24

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

86:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Chris Humphrey.

81:10 Booking

Booking Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

81:02

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

81:02

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

80:34

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:34

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

79:22

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

79:22

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

78:41

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

78:41

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

76:16 Booking

Booking Declan Rudd (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

73:34 Booking

Booking Chris Neal (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

72:34

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

70:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2. Joe Garner (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

70:21

Penalty Preston North End. William Hayhurst draws a foul in the penalty area.

70:21

Penalty conceded by Chris Neal (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

69:08

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

68:27

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

68:15

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:51 Booking

Booking Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Paul Gallagher.

65:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Lee Hughes replaces Ben Williamson.

65:07

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

65:07

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Gavin Tomlin replaces Carl Dickinson.

61:50 Booking

Booking Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

61:02

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

61:02

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

59:48

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

59:48

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:37

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

57:37

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:23

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

55:11

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joe Garner.

54:50

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack King.

48:53

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

48:53

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:49

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:15

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

45:15

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Anthony Griffith.

45:00 +7:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +5:19

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

45:00 +5:19

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

45:00 +4:59 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +4:52

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

45:00 +4:52

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

45:00 +0:54

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

45:00 +0:54

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:00 Booking

Booking Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

41:48

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

41:48

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

39:49

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:49

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

39:19

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

39:19

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:29

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

34:14

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

33:58

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Neal.

33:39

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

32:48

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

32:48

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

31:09

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

30:53

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Preston North End 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

24:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Kevin Davies.

22:23 Booking

Booking Louis Dodds (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

22:16

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

22:16

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

21:55

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:55

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

21:02

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

21:02

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:24

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack King.

18:55

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

18:55

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:14

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

18:14

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

17:34

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

17:34

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

16:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

12:38 Dismissal

Dismissal Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the red card for fighting.

10:58

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses the top left corner.

8:12

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

8:12

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

7:02

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

7:02

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

2:08

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Neal.

1:44

Attempt saved. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

1:01

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

1:01

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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