Kevin Davies' 30-yard volley sealed Preston's place in the FA Cup third round after a scrappy win over Wycombe.

Wycombe's Matt Ingram saved well from a Tom Clarke header in a poor first half.

It took the hosts until the 83rd minute to test keeper Declan Rudd thanks to Matt McClure's low drive.

Preston could have doubled their lead when Clarke's header was cleared off the line by McClure before Rudd saved late on from Anthony Stewart to ensure their place in the next round.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wycombe Wanders manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a world class strike from Kevin Davies that separated the two teams today. You've got to take the positives from that - we haven't been carved apart, we haven't been opened up, I thought we defended very well.

"A little bit of luck would have been good, just to see that ball at the back of the net. We created a lot, but we didn't manage to stick it in the goal.

"Simon [Grayson] has given us a lot of respect and put his full-strength squad out - he obviously wanted to get through.

"I thought we handled it very well. I've got some young kids in there who really performed and shone today, and I'm really proud. I just told the lads - be down, but don't be disappointed about that one, because nobody expected us to win that and we came so close to taking them up to Deepdale."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Wycombe Wanderers

  • 01 Ingram
  • 02 McCoy Booked
  • 03 Dunne (Wood - 14' )
  • 08 Lewis
  • 05 Stewart
  • 19 Hause
  • 12 Cowan-Hall
  • 04 Scowen
  • 07 Morgan (Craig - 81' )
  • 29 McClure
  • 28 Knott (Kretzschmar - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Spring
  • 11 Wood
  • 18 Kuffour
  • 20 Craig
  • 22 Kretzschmar
  • 30 Doherty
  • 41 Harrison

Preston North End

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

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 13 Byrom
  • 17 Monakana
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 25 Croasdale
  • 28 Nicholson
Ref: David Webb
Att: 2,249

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

2 4

Corners

6 8

Fouls

6 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +1:59

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marvin McCoy.

90:00 +1:25 Substitution

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

89:03

Attempt saved. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Wood with a cross.

88:38

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

88:38

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:16 Booking

Booking Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:11

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

87:11

Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:11 Booking

Booking Kevin Davies (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:01

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

85:01

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:22

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

83:22

Foul by Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers).

82:38

Attempt saved. Max Kretzschmar (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Wood.

80:53

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Wood.

80:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Steven Craig replaces Dean Morgan.

79:57

Attempt saved. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Beavon with a headed pass.

79:14

Attempt blocked. Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

78:39

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

78:39

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:02

Attempt blocked. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Welsh with a cross.

77:57

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

77:16

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

76:14

Offside, Wycombe Wanderers. Matt McClure tries a through ball, but Paris Cowan-Hall is caught offside.

75:24

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.

73:01

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Wood.

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Max Kretzschmar replaces Billy Knott.

69:31

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by David Buchanan.

68:15

Attempt missed. Billy Knott (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marvin McCoy.

67:16

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Humphrey with a cross.

63:21

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by David Buchanan.

62:34

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

61:24

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

61:24

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:28

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marvin McCoy.

58:37

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

58:36

Attempt blocked. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paris Cowan-Hall with a headed pass.

57:58

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

57:58

Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:46

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Welsh with a cross following a corner.

54:15

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stuart Lewis.

54:11

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Humphrey.

53:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:51

Delay in match Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) because of an injury.

52:26

Attempt missed. Billy Knott (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dean Morgan with a headed pass.

46:58

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a cross following a corner.

46:33

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by John Welsh.

45:00

Second Half begins Wycombe Wanderers 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Preston North End 1.

44:14

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

44:14

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:37

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

42:37

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:47

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

35:47

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Preston North End 1. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Stuart Beavon with a headed pass.

32:36 Booking

Booking Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:25

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

32:25

Foul by Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers).

31:13

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:13

Foul by Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

30:31

Attempt missed. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a cross following a set piece situation.

30:06 Booking

Booking Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:08

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

29:08

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:04

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

28:04

Foul by Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers).

27:34

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

27:34

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:37

Offside, Preston North End. David Buchanan tries a through ball, but Kevin Davies is caught offside.

24:47

Hand ball by Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

22:55

Offside, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey tries a through ball, but Stuart Beavon is caught offside.

21:37

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

21:37

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:58

Attempt missed. Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Scowen following a set piece situation.

17:31

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

17:31

Dean Morgan (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:59

Hand ball by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

13:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Sam Wood replaces Charles Dunne because of an injury.

13:00

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Welsh with a cross.

12:31

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

11:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:52

Delay in match Charles Dunne (Wycombe Wanderers) because of an injury.

7:40

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

7:40

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:35

Attempt missed. Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

5:08

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

5:08

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:05

Attempt missed. Keith Keane (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Welsh with a cross following a corner.

3:40

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Charles Dunne.

2:51

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Laird.

1:45

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Paris Cowan-Hall.

1:41

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

1:00

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

1:00

Foul by Billy Knott (Wycombe Wanderers).

0:16

Offside, Wycombe Wanderers. Billy Knott tries a through ball, but Paris Cowan-Hall is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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