Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Preston North End

Joe Garner

Joe Garner's brace was enough for Preston to beat struggling Tranmere.

Garner nodded in a cross from Craig Davies to put North End in front and he saw another headed effort kept out by Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

Substitute Jason Koumas burst through three tackles to force a good save from Declan Rudd before Rovers levelled when Ash Taylor finished from close range.

Koumas hit the bar with a free-kick before Garner's winner, the striker rounding off a swift counter attack.

Preston remained fourth, but closed the gap on all three teams above them in the table, while Tranmere's defeat left them just two points above the relegation zone.

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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"A point would have been nice. They've come and attacked, took chances and caused us one or two problems, but we hung in there and stayed in the game.

"You look at the goals they've scored - it's 'self-destruct' for the goals. We huffed and puffed and I can't fault the effort."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We came here in a confident manner. The display merited a victory. All that was missing were a couple more goals before half-time.

"We were certainly the dominant team for the first 35 minutes and we gave them a bit of encouragement just before half-time, but we got back on it again and I thought we played very well today."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2919642463
2Wolves2918742961
3Leyton Orient2918653260
4Preston29151041255
5Rotherham2914961351
6Peterborough2915311948
7Walsall3012108746
8Swindon3013512844
9MK Dons2911612239
10Port Vale2812313-439
11Gillingham3111515-1138
12Coventry291388637
13Bradford297148435
14Colchester268108134
15Oldham309714-834
16Crawley257108-531
17Tranmere308715-1931
18Crewe308715-2431
19Notts County319319-1030
20Carlisle298615-1830
21Sheff Utd287813-1029
22Bristol City3051312-728
23Shrewsbury306915-1327
24Stevenage277416-1825
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