League One
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Preston North End 3-1 Gillingham

Preston maintained their good form with a win over Gillingham in League One.

The hosts took an early lead when John Welsh's shot found the top corner after Stuart Beavon's lay-off.

But the Gills drew level on the stroke of half-time after Jack King miscued a headed clearance and Leon Legge fed Cody McDonald who fired home.

Paul Gallagher regained the lead with a shot from the edge of the area before Neil Kilkenny sealed the win from close range with his first touch.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post-match: Gillingham manager Taylor

"The players have worked exceptionally hard. I know we got beat today but we played against a very good team. The main objective was to stay in the division, start again and learn from the season.

"In the end, the club didn't have a particularly good start - so to finish off with 52 points, I think we've all got to be pleased with that.

"I'm just really, really pleased we're still in the division because there was one or two times where I thought this is going to be very close - but we're over the moon now."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 31BrowneSubstituted forKilkennyat 62'minutes
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHumphreyat 62'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forDaviesat 75'minutes
  • 10Beavon
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 4Huntington
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 16Buchanan
  • 17Davies
  • 37Kilkenny

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 29Hewitt
  • 3J Martin
  • 31HessenthalerSubstituted forDackat 79'minutes
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 19Smith
  • 12Gregory
  • 10McDonald
  • 18LeeSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 70'minutes
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forWestonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 15Dack
  • 23Harriman
  • 27Fagan
  • 35Baxter
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
11,591

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.
Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).
Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).
Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack King.
Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Jake Hessenthaler.
Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).
Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Joe Garner.
Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).
Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Myles Weston.
Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Charlie Lee.
Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).
Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).
Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).
Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).
Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Garner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Lee Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Alan Browne.
Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Chris Whelpdale.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Gillingham 1. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keith Keane.
Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).
Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.
Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).
Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1.
Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Gillingham 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Legge.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves453010555100
2Brentford45271082791
3Preston45231662785
4Leyton Orient452411103883
5Rotherham45231482783
6Peterborough45234181473
7Swindon4519917566
8Sheff Utd44171215163
9MK Dons4517919060
10Port Vale4518621-1460
11Walsall45141615158
12Bristol City45131814357
13Bradford45131715256
14Crawley44141317-655
15Oldham44141218-954
16Gillingham4515723-1952
17Coventry45161316-251
18Colchester45121419-950
19Notts County4515426-1349
20Crewe45121221-2748
21Tranmere45121122-2647
22Carlisle44111122-3044
23Stevenage4511925-2442
24Shrewsbury4591422-2141
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