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Preston North End 2-1 Walsall

Keeper Richard O'Donnell's blunder cost Walsall dear as Preston kept up their promotion push with a win at Deepdale.

Paul Downing's innocuous third-minute back pass was missed by O'Donnell and the backtracking keeper failed to stop the ball rolling over the line.

Sam Mantom equalised soon after for the Saddlers from a rebound after his first effort was parried by Declan Rudd.

Bailey Wright then headed home Paul Gallagher's free-kick before Mantom was sent off for a high tackle late on.

Walsall have fallen five points adrift of the play-off zone after a winless run of three defeats in four matches.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"The sending off was a strange decision. It was two players going for a ball that was in the air. I felt that Sam actually won the ball and we will certainly consider an appeal.

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Saddlers can go on another run - Smith

"Even with 10 men, we gave it everything but we just didn't get the breaks. Neither side deserved to lose but we must now we look for a response against Coventry on Wednesday night.

"We gifted them an early lead but our reaction was excellent, as we levelled straight away.

"We'll come back stronger. I believe in this set of lads. More importantly, they believe in themselves. It's about getting back some momentum. We've had positive runs before and there is no reason why we can't start another."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 32Wiseman
  • 3Laird
  • 2Keane
  • 5Clarke
  • 6WrightBooked at 57mins
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forKingat 90+5'minutes
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrownhillat 66'minutes
  • 17Davies
  • 14GarnerBooked at 77minsSubstituted forBeavonat 87'minutes
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 22King
  • 30Brownhill

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersBooked at 25mins
  • 14Benning
  • 8MantomBooked at 82mins
  • 4ButlerBooked at 82mins
  • 12Downing
  • 29BrandySubstituted forBaxendaleat 66'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 10Westcarr
  • 6FeatherstoneSubstituted forSawyersat 66'minutes
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forNgooat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
10,034

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Walsall 1.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jack King replaces Chris Humphrey.

Attempt saved. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Keith Keane (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Stuart Beavon replaces Joe Garner.

Dismissal

Sam Mantom (Walsall) is shown the red card.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

Booking

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

Hand ball by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Febian Brandy.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Neil Kilkenny.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Keith Keane (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham331710664432161
6Peterborough32164125142952
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall331211103833547
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Port Vale33134164452-843
11Bradford33914104541441
12Sheff Utd32118133438-441
13Crawley2891183336-338
14Oldham34108163948-938
15Gillingham34115184357-1438
16Coventry31138105956337
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Tranmere3399154057-1736
19Colchester31811123741-435
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Stevenage3294193252-2031
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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