League One
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Preston North End 1-0 Crawley Town

Joe Garner headed the only goal of the game as Preston beat Crawley to all but secure a play-off place in League One.

Garner's 18th of the season came early on as he met Keith Keane's centre from the right-hand side to nod the ball past Paul Jones.

Garner had chances to increase the lead but headed over when well placed and had a volley well saved.

Mike Jones had Crawley's best effort but he shot straight at goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Preston now need just one point to guarantee a play-off place, while Crawley, who have lost their last three are six points clear of the relegation zone.

Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"At this stage of the season, the performance doesn't matter as long as you get the three points.

"We wanted to keep a lot more of the ball because they are dangerous and have got some good players in their side.

"We said to the players on Monday that if we can get six points, we're back in it again. Other results have been nice for us."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

John Gregory

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Post-match: Crawley manager Gregory

"They seemed very content settling in with a 1-0 but that's three games for us without scoring and we had good chances to have got goals today.

"The effort and hard work was there and everybody kept playing till the 93rd minute, so I can't really grumble about the effort in the game.

"We have always had that problem [not scoring]. Certainly before I came here it was a huge problem and certainly in the last three games we haven't taken our chances. Any football fan can see we are not as good as we could be."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 2KeaneBooked at 60mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 19Welsh
  • 22King
  • 5Clarke
  • 11Holmes
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrowneat 66'minutes
  • 10BeavonSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forHumphreyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 3Laird
  • 6Wright
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 17Davies
  • 31Browne

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 7B Clarke
  • 3Sadler
  • 8Torres
  • 4Connolly
  • 12WalshBooked at 80mins
  • 11Simpson
  • 10Drury
  • 21Jones
  • 14Proctor
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forMonakanaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
  • 26Edwards
  • 28Dicker
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
8,979

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by David Buchanan.

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

Hand ball by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Stuart Beavon.

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

Jeffrey Monakana (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Dannie Bulman.

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by John Welsh.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Keith Keane (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3926854786
2Brentford3824862780
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3818416758
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Sheff Utd3814915-251
11Port Vale3915618-1351
12Bradford39111513248
13Coventry39161013148
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley36111312-646
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester39101316-943
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Shrewsbury4081418-1438
24Stevenage3910821-2038
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