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Preston North End 0-2 Crewe Alexandra

Byron Moore

Byron Moore scored his first goal of the season to help League One strugglers Crewe to victory at Preston.

Moore put the Railwaymen in front against the run of play in the first half, firing low past Declan Rudd from inside the box.

Brad Inman doubled the advantage with a stunning curled shot from the edge of the area after the break.

Preston's best chance came inside three minutes when striker Iain Hume bent an effort onto the crossbar.

Alex goalkeeper Steve Phillips was called into action early on, turning Scott Laird's shot around the post.

From the resulting corner Hume, a surprise starter after being called up for international duty with Canada this week, hit the top of the bar from outside the box.

North End kept the pressure on with Stuart Beavon testing Phillips again before Moore got onto the end of a slick Chuks Aneke ball to open the scoring with a rare chance at the other end.

Former Bolton striker Kevin Davies nodded a golden second-half chance to equalise past the post after meeting Beavon's cross.

Then, as the League One high-flyers went in search of a leveller, Inman struck to make it 2-0.

Adam Dugdale came close to a third, lashing his effort onto the underside of the bar before it ricocheted off Rudd's back and behind for a corner.

While Crewe secured only their second league win of the season, with their first clean sheet this term, it was Preston's third successive loss in all competitions.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"There are fine margins in football. We knew the first goal would be vitally important because we knew Crewe's confidence levels could be quite fragile.

"We started very positively and we needed to get that first goal. Unfortunately they got it and, once they've got it, it's given them something to hold on to.

"I'm disappointed to lose at home for the first time, but we always said that it's a 10-month season and not a two-month season."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"They were both fantastic finishes from Byron and Brad and we could have had a third when Adam Dugdale's effort hit the bar as well.

"I've been saying for the last few weeks that our performances have been reasonably good although we haven't had the results. Now we have to take real confidence from a great away win here against a good Preston side.

"We changed the system and practised it during the week, so for it to come off was very pleasing. They have transferred what we did out on the training ground into the game and that is all you can ask."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHolmesat 65'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 6Wright
  • 4Huntington
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 56mins
  • 2KeaneSubstituted forWelshat 74'minutes
  • 13ByromSubstituted forBrownhillat 73'minutes
  • 9Davies
  • 10BeavonBooked at 90mins
  • 27Hume

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 8Wroe
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 19Welsh
  • 21Mousinho
  • 30Brownhill

Crewe

  • 1Phillips
  • 3Mellor
  • 2Tootle
  • 8OsmanBooked at 75mins
  • 5Ellis
  • 6Dugdale
  • 11Moore
  • 42GrantSubstituted forNolanat 84'minutes
  • 26AnekeSubstituted forOliverat 90+3'minutes
  • 20TurtonBooked at 53mins
  • 14InmanBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 7Clayton
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 16Guthrie
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Garratt
  • 24Molyneux
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
9,268

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home21
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke because of an injury.

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

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

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

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Liam Nolan replaces Anthony Grant.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Booking

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Keith Keane.

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

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

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient119202781929
2Peterborough119112381528
3Wolves108112061425
4Bradford106312181321
5Preston115421712519
6Rotherham115421615119
7Swindon115242013717
8MK Dons114431814416
9Crawley104421714316
10Walsall114431211116
11Brentford114341315-215
12Port Vale114251316-314
13Shrewsbury112631213-112
14Colchester112631014-412
15Carlisle103341019-912
16Gillingham112361319-69
17Crewe112361025-159
18Oldham102261316-38
19Stevenage11227919-108
20Coventry10523231857
21Notts County102171319-67
22Bristol City100641521-66
23Sheff Utd10127616-105
24Tranmere10127921-125
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