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Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Preston North End

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.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

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."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 29PenningtonBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 8J WallaceBooked at 33mins
  • 4Taylor
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 15KirbySubstituted forKoumasat 28'minutes
  • 18Jennings
  • 9Lowe
  • 14Cassidy
  • 20KennedySubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 22Koumas
  • 33Mooney

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 32Wiseman
  • 3LairdBooked at 60mins
  • 19Welsh
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 2Keane
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 14Garner
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forHumphreyat 82'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forDaviesat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 27Hume
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
5,895

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.
Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).
Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).
Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

Booking

Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.
Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).
Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).
Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Craig Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Matthew Kennedy.
Attempt saved. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.
Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).
Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Paul Gallagher.
Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
Attempt saved. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).
Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).
Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).
Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.
Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).
Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 2. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.
Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 1.
goal

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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