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Preston North End 3-1 Peterborough United

Preston kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with victory over play-off chasing Peterborough.

Midfielder Danny Swanson gave Posh the lead with shot from outside the area - his second goal in three games.

North End equalised on the stroke of half-time when Neil Kilkenny steered his shot past Bobby Olejnik to net his first goal for the club.

And striker Joe Garner then scored twice in the last 10 minutes to secure all three points.

Paul Gallagher's curler came back off the post in the 80th minute for Garner to tap home before the forward fired Preston's third into the roof of the net in injury time.

Simon Grayson's team are seven points behind second-place Brentford, although the Bees have two games in hand.

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

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Post-match: Preston manager Simon Grayson

"I'm pleased now, but I wasn't pleased after 43 minutes. We looked very average.

"It was a massive time to score, just before half-time, to give everybody a lift, but I wasn't happy with how we'd played.

"When we play with an urgency, we play better, but the first half was too pedestrian. We got there in the end and it's a good victory."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 32WisemanSubstituted forKeaneat 26'minutes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrowneat 78'minutes
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHolmesat 63'minutes
  • 19WelshBooked at 90mins
  • 10Beavon
  • 14Garner
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 11Holmes
  • 17Davies
  • 31Browne

Peterborough

  • 1Olejnik
  • 2Alcock
  • 22NugentBooked at 83mins
  • 8Payne
  • 5BaldwinBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcQuoidat 45'minutes
  • 31LittleBooked at 87mins
  • 7Swanson
  • 6Bostwick
  • 21AjoseSubstituted forWashingtonat 74'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17Newell

Substitutes

  • 4Brisley
  • 11McCann
  • 13Day
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 24Washington
  • 36McQuoid
  • 37Isgrove
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
8,206

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Peterborough United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Peterborough United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Peterborough United 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).
Joe Newell (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United).

Booking

Mark Little (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).
Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).
Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joe Newell (Peterborough United).

Booking

Ben Nugent (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.
Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Nugent (Peterborough United).
Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).
Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Peterborough United 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Neil Kilkenny.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Conor Washington replaces Nicky Ajose.
Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Newell.
Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).
Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).
Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).
Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).
Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Jack King.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3825854683
2Brentford3724762779
3Leyton Orient39221073676
4Rotherham38201262772
5Preston39191551772
6Peterborough3818416758
7MK Dons3916716355
8Swindon3915915454
9Walsall39131412353
10Sheff Utd3714914-151
11Port Vale3815518-1350
12Gillingham3914619-1248
13Bristol City39101613046
14Crawley35111311-546
15Bradford38101513145
16Colchester38101315-743
17Oldham39111018-1243
18Coventry37141013-142
19Crewe39101019-2740
20Tranmere3810919-2239
21Carlisle3810919-2239
22Shrewsbury3981417-1338
23Notts County3911424-1737
24Stevenage3710720-1937
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