Teenager Lee Evans scored his first goal since August as Wolves overcame promotion rivals Preston at Molineux.

After early pressure from the home side, Dave Edwards slotted under keeper Declan Rudd to put them in front.

Joe Garner almost levelled when his curling shot struck the crossbar, but Evans doubled the lead after Rudd had saved James Henry's initial effort.

Paul Gallagher forced a good save from Aaron McCarey, but Preston's hopes of a fourth successive win came to nothing.

The victory was only the second in eight games for Wolves, who remained in third place, only two points behind Leyton Orient and three adrift of leaders Brentford.

And 19-year-old Evans' goal in his first start since November justified manager Kenny Jackett's decision to restore him to the team.

Despite the result, Preston held onto fourth, five points behind Wolves, but six clear of Rotherham, leaving them well-placed to push for at least a play-off place in the remainder of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 31 McCarey
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 04 Edwards (Davis - 63' )
  • 05 Stearman
  • 06 Batth
  • 07 Henry
  • 14 Evans (Elokobi - 89' )
  • 09 Griffiths Booked (McAlinden - 70' )
  • 27 Jacobs
  • 11 McDonald

Substitutes

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 03 Elokobi
  • 08 Davis
  • 10 Sako
  • 16 Cassidy
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 29 Doyle

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 05 Clarke
  • 16 Buchanan Booked
  • 19 Welsh Booked (Brownhill - 71' )
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Holmes (Wiseman - 60' )
  • 37 Kilkenny Booked
  • 27 Hume (Davies - 60' )
  • 14 Garner
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 09 Davies
  • 30 Brownhill
  • 32 Wiseman
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 20,434

Match Stats

Shots

20 5

On target

8 1

Corners

1 7

Fouls

16 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +2:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Preston North End 0.

90:00 +1:29

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

89:09

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

88:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Elokobi replaces Lee Evans.

88:11

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:11

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

84:43

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

84:43

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

83:45

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

83:45

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

80:00

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:00

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

77:48

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

77:28

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

77:10

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

77:10

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

76:42

Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:54

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aaron McCarey.

75:43

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:25

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Danny Batth.

70:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh.

70:21

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:21

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liam McAlinden replaces Leigh Griffiths.

68:58

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

67:41

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

67:41

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

63:06

Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

62:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Davis replaces David Edwards.

62:00

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:00 Booking

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

61:55

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

61:22

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

61:22

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

59:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Wiseman replaces Lee Holmes.

59:19 Substitution

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

58:58

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

57:12

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

57:12

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

56:02

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

54:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Preston North End 0. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

54:31

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:05 Booking

Booking Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

53:00

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:58

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

48:45

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:45

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

45:00

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

45:00 +1:56 Half time

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

45:00 +1:45

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:59

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:08

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

42:18

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

42:01

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

40:52

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

40:52

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

37:45

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

37:38

Attempt saved. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:09

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

36:46

Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

35:00

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

34:56

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

34:08

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:14

Joe Garner (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

29:02

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:02

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

27:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 0. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

26:10 Booking

Booking Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

26:04

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

26:04

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:52

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:47

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

22:47

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

21:25

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

21:25

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

21:14

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:54

Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

18:14

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

15:38

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

15:38

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

15:04

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

15:04

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

14:05

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:05

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

9:58

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is too high.

8:52

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

6:56

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

6:56

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

5:45

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

5:45

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

2:14

Attempt missed. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

1:45

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:45

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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