New Preston North End loan signing Craig Davies made a promising start at Deepdale by scoring on his debut to help beat struggling Notts County.

The on-loan Bolton Wanderers striker fired into the top corner from 20 yards to give Preston a 65th-minute lead.

Davies was then involved again six minutes later when he was hauled down in the box by Jack Grealish.

Joe Garner scored from the spot to wrap up a convincing win which drops Notts into the relegation zone.

North End stay fourth, nine points adrift of the League One automatic promotion places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The first half wasn't so good from our point of view. We've got standards at this club and we fell below them in the first half.

"We want to make this place a fortress. We're happy at the end of the game, but only for 45 minutes.

"We know Craig [Davies] is powerful and strong and can cause defences problems. He's got a good eye for goal."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 32 Wiseman
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 19 Welsh
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Holmes (Keane - 89' )
  • 37 Kilkenny
  • 14 Garner
  • 17 Davies (Hume - 78' )
  • 12 Gallagher (Humphrey - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 10 Beavon
  • 22 King
  • 27 Hume

Notts County

  • 35 Pilkington
  • 29 Roberts Booked
  • 03 Sheehan Booked
  • 22 Fotheringham (Mullins - 66' )
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 05 Smith Booked
  • 07 Grealish Booked
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 09 Showunmi (Appiah - 65' )
  • 24 Freeman
  • 08 McGregor

Substitutes

  • 12 Mullins
  • 15 Appiah
  • 25 Tempest
  • 26 Hollis
  • 37 Bishop
  • 40 Andrews
Ref: Tony Harrington
Att: 9,483

Match Stats

Shots

26 10

On target

14 1

Corners

7 3

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 2, Notts County 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Notts County 0.

90:00 +3:00

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

90:00 +2:58

Foul by Gareth Roberts (Notts County).

90:00 +1:34

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

90:00 +1:00

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Gareth Roberts (Notts County).

89:18

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

88:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Keith Keane replaces Lee Holmes.

87:42

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:48

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:17 Booking

Booking Jack Grealish (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

85:09

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:09

Foul by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

83:54

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

83:54

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:41

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Notts County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

82:05

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

82:05

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:24 Substitution

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

80:25

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:00

Foul by Iain Hume (Preston North End).

80:00

Andre Boucaud (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:54

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

77:54

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:22 Substitution

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

77:04

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:42

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

73:12

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

73:12

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Notts County).

70:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Notts County 0. Joe Garner (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

69:35 Booking

Booking Andre Boucaud (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

69:08

Penalty Preston North End. Joe Garner draws a foul in the penalty area.

69:08

Penalty conceded by Jack Grealish (Notts County) after a foul in the penalty area.

67:42

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

67:42

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Hayden Mullins replaces Mark Fotheringham.

64:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Kwesi Appiah replaces Enoch Showunmi.

64:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Notts County 0. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny.

62:23

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

62:13

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Gareth Roberts.

61:48

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

60:51 Booking

Booking Gareth Roberts (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

60:43

Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:43

Foul by Gareth Roberts (Notts County).

60:05

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin Pilkington.

59:45

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

58:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin Pilkington.

58:24

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

57:56

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:36

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

55:06

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

54:29

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

54:29

Foul by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

53:35 Booking

Booking Alan Sheehan (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

53:29

Hand ball by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

46:23

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

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Notts County 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Notts County 0.

45:00 +0:51

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

45:00 +0:51

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:08

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:35

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

41:16

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

38:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

38:13

Attempt blocked. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:03

Attempt blocked. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:24

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

37:24

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:42

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

32:42

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:38

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

30:29

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

29:10

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

29:10

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:17

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:29

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

27:29

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

26:33

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:07

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

25:07

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Notts County).

24:21

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

18:33

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

18:33

Kieran Freeman (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:58

Attempt missed. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

17:36

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

16:38

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

16:38

Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:19

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

15:36

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin Pilkington.

15:13

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

14:44

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

14:44

Foul by Jack Grealish (Notts County).

10:49

Hand ball by Mark Fotheringham (Notts County).

10:28

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

8:24

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

7:26

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:25

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

6:07

Attempt blocked. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:18

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

1:53

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

1:53

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:44

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin Pilkington.

1:24

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

0:30

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

0:30

Joe Garner (Preston North End) 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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