Josh Brownhill struck his second goal in three games as Preston North End beat Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

The teenage midfielder found the top corner just before the break with a right-foot shot from 20 yards.

That secured North End's first win in three matches to cement their place in League One's top six.

  • North End's 11-game unbeaten run came to an end with Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Brentford - but they responded with their seventh away win of the season.

Simon Grayson's Preston went close to a second on more than one occasion as they handed out a second successive defeat for Graham Kavanagh's Carlisle.

Apart from a first-half Max Ehmer effort ruled out for offside, despite having plenty of possession, Carlisle could not breach a solid defence, keeper Declan Rudd coming to North End's rescue to keep out Tom Lawrence's thumping drive.

North End went close through Chris Humphrey, who cut in from the right to fire just wide, before Jack King's point-blank header was kept out by a brilliant instinctive save by home keeper Amos.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle United

  • 40 Amos
  • 16 Potts
  • 32 Morris (Guy - 79' Booked )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 28 Ehmer
  • 12 Thirlwell (Noble - 85' )
  • 06 Buaben (Chantler - 70' )
  • 09 Miller
  • 07 Amoo
  • 33 Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 04 Chantler
  • 08 Noble
  • 10 Roddan
  • 17 Beck
  • 20 Fleming
  • 27 Brough
  • 29 Guy

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 05 Clarke
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 30 Brownhill
  • 04 Huntington
  • 06 Wright
  • 19 Welsh
  • 37 Kilkenny (Keane - 91' )
  • 22 King
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 81' )
  • 12 Gallagher (Laird - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 17 Monakana
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 7,934

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

3 5

Corners

6 6

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +4:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +2:48

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:48

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

90:00 +1:55

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

90:00 +0:44

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Amoo.

90:00 +0:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Neil Kilkenny.

84:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Liam Noble replaces Paul Thirlwell.

83:53 Booking

Booking Lewis Guy (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

83:49

Foul by Lewis Guy (Carlisle United).

83:49

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

82:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Laird replaces Paul Gallagher.

81:02

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:02

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

80:34 Substitution

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

79:53

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:28

Attempt blocked. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

79:00

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

78:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Lewis Guy replaces Josh Morris.

74:43

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

72:00

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

71:58

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

70:28

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

70:28

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

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Chris Chantler replaces Prince Buaben.

66:52

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

66:29

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

65:50

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by John Welsh.

65:14

Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:14

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

64:05

Max Ehmer (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:05

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

63:38

Attempt saved. Prince Buaben (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:20

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

60:37

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:37

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

59:26

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

59:14

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

57:17

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

57:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

55:00

Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:56

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

49:03

Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:17

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

46:05

Foul by James Berrett (Carlisle United).

46:05

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

45:14

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Carlisle United 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Preston North End 1.

45:00 +1:22

Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

45:00 +0:50

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:50

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

44:37

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

44:13

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Morris.

43:38

Foul by Max Ehmer (Carlisle United).

43:38

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:54

Foul by Prince Buaben (Carlisle United).

42:54

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

41:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 0, Preston North End 1. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

37:33

Attempt missed. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

37:22

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ben Amos.

37:04

Attempt saved. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:50

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

30:37

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

25:30

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:30

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

24:22

Attempt saved. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:47

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:47

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

20:06

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:06

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

17:21

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

13:55

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

12:16

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by David Buchanan.

11:11

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:11

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

1:03

Attempt saved. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:42

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:42

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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