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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Preston North End

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.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 31McCarey
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forDavisat 63'minutes
  • 5Stearman
  • 6Batth
  • 7Henry
  • 14EvansSubstituted forElokobiat 89'minutes
  • 9GriffithsBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMcAlindenat 70'minutes
  • 27Jacobs
  • 11McDonald

Substitutes

  • 1Hennessey
  • 3Elokobi
  • 8Davis
  • 10Sako
  • 16Cassidy
  • 20McAlinden
  • 29Doyle

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 16BuchananBooked at 89mins
  • 19WelshBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBrownhillat 71'minutes
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forWisemanat 60'minutes
  • 37KilkennyBooked at 54mins
  • 27HumeSubstituted forDaviesat 60'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 30Brownhill
  • 32Wiseman
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
20,434

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Preston North End 0.
Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Elokobi replaces Lee Evans.
Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).
Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Liam McAlinden (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aaron McCarey.
Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh.
Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liam McAlinden replaces Leigh Griffiths.
Attempt missed. Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Davis replaces David Edwards.
Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).
Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Iain Hume.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.
Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Booking

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).
Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Second Half

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

Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Preston North End 0.
Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
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.
Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2517442155
2Leyton Orient2516633154
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston251384947
5Rotherham251186841
6Peterborough2512310539
7Walsall251087538
8Swindon2411491037
9Port Vale2511311-336
10MK Dons241059535
11Coventry2412661032
12Bradford257117632
13Colchester257108-131
14Crawley23788-529
15Gillingham268513-1229
16Oldham247611-527
17Carlisle257612-1727
18Shrewsbury266812-626
19Sheff Utd256712-925
20Tranmere256712-1625
21Notts County267316-724
22Crewe256613-2724
23Bristol City244119-323
24Stevenage245415-2119
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