A second-half own goal by Shrewsbury's Ryan Woods was enough for Preston to win at the Greenhous Meadow and close the gap on the top two in League One.

Woods diverted Iain Hume's cross into his own net 10 minutes from time.

It settled an uneventful game, with neither side able to dominate or cause major problems for their opposition.

The win put Simon Grayson's North End only four points off second spot, while the hosts remain in trouble after a fourth consecutive home defeat.

Shrewsbury duo Tom Eaves and Jon Taylor were denied by Preston keeper Declan Rudd in the first half, while David Buchanan shot wide for the visitors and teenage midfielder Josh Brownhill saw a volley deflected wide.

Joe Garner failed to find the target from Neil Kilkenny's corner as Preston chased a winner after the break, but North End were rarely troubled as they held on for an eighth away victory of the League One campaign.

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Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You can't blame young Ryan Woods. Sometimes these things happen. When results are going wrong you don't have that luck.

"He's obviously got to deal with a difficult ball going across the face of our goal and you'd hope he'd deal with it a little better than he did.

"There were times when we played some decent football and got the ball into good areas but, at the moment, we obviously can't score.

"Sometimes you need a little ricochet or the ball to drop for you, or even a penalty maybe, but it's not happened for us."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We've said many times that you have to do whatever it takes to win a match.

"In the first half, we weren't good enough. We were second best when we had possession and when we didn't have possession.

"We knew we had to up it, we got back into the game, and we've got the firepower on the bench to try and change it around.

"Obviously that was a big factor in the end result for us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 22 Woods
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 04 Summerfield
  • 06 Winfield
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 11 Taylor
  • 08 McAllister (Wildig - 84' )
  • 24 Eaves
  • 09 Bradshaw (Marsden - 84' )
  • 23 Reach (Parry - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Jones
  • 12 McQuade
  • 14 Marsden
  • 15 Wildig
  • 17 Parry
  • 19 Gayle
  • 25 Anyon

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey (Holmes - 61' )
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 06 Wright
  • 04 Huntington Booked
  • 05 Clarke
  • 37 Kilkenny
  • 30 Brownhill (Gallagher - 61' )
  • 14 Garner
  • 09 Davies (Hume - 76' )
  • 19 Welsh Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 27 Hume
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 6,379

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

2 1

Corners

3 6

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +4:00

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:58

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

90:00 +1:42

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:42

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

83:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Aaron Wildig replaces David McAllister.

83:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. John Marsden replaces Tom Bradshaw.

82:55

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

82:33

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

79:22 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Ryan Woods, Shrewsbury Town. Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

77:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Adam Reach.

76:18 Booking

Booking John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

76:08

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

76:08

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Kevin Davies.

75:07

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

74:33

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

72:54

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

72:54

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

72:33

Attempt blocked. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:52

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

71:52

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:19

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

66:00

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

65:57

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

62:16

Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

60:59 Substitution

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

60:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Josh Brownhill.

56:25 Booking

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

56:15

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

56:15

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:31

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

54:10

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

53:59

Attempt blocked. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:44

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

51:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Reach.

50:08

Attempt missed. David Buchanan (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

49:38

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

49:38

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

48:45

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

48:45

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

46:34

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00 +2:04

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:53

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

44:53

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:14

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:03

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town).

40:03

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

39:14

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

38:31

Attempt blocked. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:33

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

37:33

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:56

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

35:20

Attempt missed. Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

34:42

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

34:42

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:00

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

32:56

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

28:14

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

26:37

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

26:37

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:22

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

25:22

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:33

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Luke Summerfield.

21:54

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

19:57

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:09

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

12:09

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:35

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Weale.

11:12

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tom Eaves.

9:30

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

9:30

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

3:52

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

3:52

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

2:07

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

2:07

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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