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:

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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."

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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