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Port Vale 0-2 Preston North End

Joe Garner

Joe Garner scored twice in Preston North End's 2-0 victory over Port Vale after a case of mistaken identity saw him escape a red card.

Garner struck Vale's Anthony Griffith in the 13th minute but referee Andy Madley sent off Neil Kilkenny instead.

Kilkenny had to be persuaded to leave the pitch as Preston boss Simon Grayson remonstrated with Mr Madley.

But striker Garner went on to score in each half to hand 10-man North End a fourth straight away win in League One.

The first was an unstoppable 18-yard shot that found the top-right corner.

Vale top scorer Tom Pope then had a header cleared off the line, while substitute Gavin Tomlin fired wide from long range.

But the visitors caught Vale on the break and Garner's penalty, after Chris Neal tripped substitute Will Hayhurst, ensured that Preston came out on top in the first league meeting between the two sides in 20 years.

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"To be honest, I saw Griff down on the floor, I could hear the crowd screaming for something and I did see someone throwing a punch but I couldn't tell you who it was.

"But, when a side goes down to 10 men so early, if you don't beat them you have got to ask questions why. We lost because we weren't good enough - all 14 of us. And, if you want to include me in that, all 15 of us, because I picked the side.

"We looked lethargic in the first half, didn't pass the ball early enough, didn't get it wide, didn't cross the ball from the right areas and played too many straight balls.

"But you have got to give credit to Preston. Against 11 men it would have been difficult. They are a good side. They went down to Orient, the league leaders and beat them and won their last three away games coming into this one without conceding a goal so it was always going to be difficult."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Preston manager Simon Grayson

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Post-match: Preston boss Grayson

"Going down to 10 men early in the game, we knew we had to work hard against a team that have won five out of their last six games.

"We've done well. There are different ways of winning football matches and we've had to defend for our lives."

On Neil Kilkenny's red card: "I don't want to do an Arsene Wenger but it's a big pitch and there were bodies in the way.

"The referee's made a decision that we're obviously disappointed with because you don't want to be down to 10 men against a good team, but the lads showed so much character and desire to get a result."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1NealBooked at 74mins
  • 2Yates
  • 5DickinsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTomlinat 63'minutes
  • 18Lines
  • 24Duffy
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 42mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsBooked at 82mins
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 19WilliamsonSubstituted forHughesat 66'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 8DoddsBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 6Chilvers
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Taylor
  • 26Birchall
  • 29Hughes
  • 39Hugill

Preston

  • 23RuddBooked at 77mins
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHuntingtonat 87'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 6Wright
  • 22King
  • 5Clarke
  • 37KilkennyBooked at 13mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 62minsSubstituted forHayhurstat 66'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 66mins
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forKeaneat 25'minutes
  • 19Welsh

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 4Huntington
  • 13Byrom
  • 16Buchanan
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Hume
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
5,889

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Yates.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Yates.

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Substitution

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

Booking

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

Booking

Declan Rudd (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Chris Neal (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Preston North End 2. Joe Garner (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Preston North End. William Hayhurst draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Chris Neal (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Lee Hughes replaces Ben Williamson.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Gavin Tomlin replaces Carl Dickinson.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves1813412243
2Leyton Orient1813322542
3Preston189721034
4Brentford181044934
5Peterborough181026932
6Bradford187741128
7Rotherham18774528
8Swindon18837827
9Walsall18765427
10Port Vale18828-226
11MK Dons17647122
12Crawley18576-422
13Coventry18945521
14Oldham17638-221
15Colchester18495-421
16Gillingham18639-521
17Carlisle18567-1121
18Shrewsbury18477-319
19Stevenage185211-1117
20Tranmere18459-1217
21Sheff Utd184410-1016
22Bristol City18297-515
23Crewe183411-2613
24Notts County183213-1411
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