Former Preston boss Graham Westley endured a nightmare return to Deepdale as his Stevenage side were beaten 3-0.

Paul Huntington gave the home side the lead when he headed in from a Scott Laird cross on the stroke of half-time.

Defender Laird then doubled Preston's lead in the 59th minute with his first goal of the season.

Kevin Davies made sure of the points for the hosts, who are now fifth in League One, when he fired home six minutes from time.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"They had a really good squad up here and added international players to it in the summer.

"I think the team performed brilliantly for 45 minutes. It was a shame to give the goal away that we did.

"In the early stages of the second half i thought we got ourselves back on the front foot. The second goal came at the right time for them and the second time for us.

"Did we have enough character to bounce back at that stage? Probably not. I think our youth showed."

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Preston 3-0 Stevenage FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Huntington 45
  • Laird 59
  • Davies 84

    Preston

    • 23 Rudd
    • 04 Huntington
    • 05 Clarke
    • 06 Wright
    • 02 Keane
    • 03 Laird
    • 07 Humphrey (Welsh 72)
    • 13 Byrom (Mousinho 85)
    • 09 Davies
    • 10 Beavon
    • 27 Hume (Holmes 78)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Stuckmann,
    • 16 Buchanan,
    • 08 Wroe,
    • 11 Holmes,
    • 19 Welsh,
    • 21 Mousinho,
    • 14 Garner

    Stevenage

    • 16 Day
    • 05 Ashton
    • 22 Gray yellow card
    • 29 Hartley (Jones 69)
    • 34 Deacon
    • 14 Heslop (Tansey 62)
    • 20 Smith (Wedgbury 62 yellow card)
    • 24 Doughty
    • 32 Shroot
    • 15 Freeman yellow card
    • 21 Tounkara

    Substitutes

    • 01 Arnold,
    • 03 Hills,
    • 06 Jones,
    • 23 Lopez,
    • 02 Wedgbury,
    • 17 Tansey,
    • 10 Burrow
    Ref: EastAtt: 8,855
    PRESTON
    STEVENAGE

    Possession

    • Preston 55%
    • Stevenage 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Preston 9
    • Stevenage 2

    Attempts off target

    • Preston 13
    • Stevenage 11

    Corners

    • Preston 3
    • Stevenage 8

    Fouls

    • Preston 9
    • Stevenage 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:43 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+4:18 Luke Jones takes a shot and bounced off the bar.
    • 90:00+4:02 Corner taken by Greg Tansey.
    • 90:00+1:47 Roarie Deacon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:38 Foul by Scott Laird on Roarie Deacon, free kick awarded.
    • 90:00+1:22 Corner taken by Luke Freeman.
    • 90:00+1:02 Shot by Roarie Deacon.
    • 89:36 Jon Ashton makes a clearance.
    • 89:28 The ball is sent over by Keith Keane.
    • 89:16 Clearance by Michael Doughty.
    • 89:04 Lee Holmes crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 88:36 Luke Freeman receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 88:36 Booking
    • 88:30 Foul by Luke Freeman on Lee Holmes, free kick awarded.
    • 85:12 Sam Wedgbury sends in a cross.
    • 84:35 Substitution Joel Byrom leaves the field to be replaced by John Mousinho.
    • 83:02 Assist on the goal came from Scott Laird.
    • 83:02 GOAL - Kevin DaviesPreston 3 - 0 Stevenage Kevin Davies slots the ball right footed into the goal. Preston 3-0 Stevenage.
    • 82:05 Luke Freeman crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 81:41 John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman.
    • 80:20 Scott Laird takes a brilliant shot.
    • 79:28 Clearance made by David Gray.
    • 79:24 The ball is swung over by Lee Holmes.
    • 78:36 Keith Keane takes a shot. Chris Day blocks the ball.
    • 77:16 Declan Rudd takes the free kick.
    • 77:05 Substitution Lee Holmes is brought on as a substitute for Iain Hume.
    • 76:33 Unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Greg Tansey results in a free kick.
    • 74:46 Roarie Deacon takes the free kick.
    • 74:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury by Stuart Beavon.
    • 74:01 Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom.
    • 73:38 Booking
    • 73:38 Sam Wedgbury is cautioned.
    • 73:14 Iain Hume fouled by Sam Wedgbury, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 72:48 Free kick taken by Bailey Wright.
    • 72:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Scott Laird.
    • 71:29 Substitution John Welsh replaces Chris Humphrey.
    • 70:03 Shot by Kevin Davies went over the bar.
    • 69:55 A cross is delivered by Iain Hume.
    • 68:58 Shot by Joel Byrom went over the crossbar.
    • 68:52 Joel Byrom takes the free kick.
    • 68:22 Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Luke Jones coming on for Peter Hartley.
    • 68:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Jon Ashton.
    • 66:56 Roarie Deacon manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:51 The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.
    • 66:13 Free kick crossed by Iain Hume.
    • 65:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roarie Deacon on Chris Humphrey.
    • 63:52 The referee blows for offside against David Gray.
    • 63:32 Luke Freeman takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 63:23 Clearance made by Kevin Davies.
    • 63:18 Corner from the left by-line taken by Greg Tansey.
    • 63:01 Luke Freeman has an effort at goal. Declan Rudd parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 61:59 Substitution Jimmy Smith goes off and Sam Wedgbury comes on.
    • 61:50 Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Greg Tansey coming on for Simon Heslop.
    • 61:17 Clearance by Joel Byrom.
    • 61:10 A cross is delivered by David Gray.
    • 60:34 Roarie Deacon has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 58:10 Assist by Chris Humphrey.
    • 58:10 GOAL - Scott LairdPreston 2 - 0 Stevenage Scott Laird heads the ball into the goal. Preston 2-0 Stevenage.
    • 57:09 Kevin Davies has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 57:04 Centre by Bailey Wright.
    • 54:38 Clearance by Peter Hartley.
    • 54:30 The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.
    • 53:48 Jon Ashton makes a clearance.
    • 53:43 Corner taken by Iain Hume from the left by-line.
    • 53:22 Stuart Beavon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Chris Day fumbles the ball.
    • 52:24 Shot by Stuart Beavon missed to the right of the net.
    • 52:19 The ball is sent over by Scott Laird.
    • 51:49 Clearance made by Chris Humphrey.
    • 51:44 Corner taken by Michael Doughty.
    • 51:06 Michael Doughty restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:25 Oumare Tounkara fouled by Bailey Wright, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 49:53 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Chris Day fumbles the ball.
    • 49:38 Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line.
    • 47:52 Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:31 Michael Doughty fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 47:17 Bailey Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:11 Simon Heslop challenges Bailey Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 46:00 Corner taken by Michael Doughty.
    • 45:35 Oumare Tounkara takes a shot. Parried by Declan Rudd back into danger.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:31 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:54 Corner taken by Michael Doughty from the right by-line.
    • 44:51 GOAL - Paul HuntingtonPreston 1 - 0 Stevenage Paul Huntington heads the ball into the goal. Preston 1-0 Stevenage.
    • 44:41 Scott Laird sends in a cross.
    • 44:25 Corner taken by Scott Laird from the left by-line.
    • 43:52 Joel Byrom takes a shot.
    • 43:00 Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:51 Michael Doughty fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 41:23 Shot by Roarie Deacon went over the crossbar.
    • 41:17 Roarie Deacon takes a shot.
    • 40:53 Roarie Deacon takes a shot.
    • 40:36 Michael Doughty crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 40:04 Unfair challenge on Oumare Tounkara by Bailey Wright results in a free kick.
    • 38:32 Shot by Keith Keane went wide right of the post.
    • 38:10 The official flags Oumare Tounkara offside.
    • 36:01 Bailey Wright has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
    • 35:52 Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom.
    • Correction - 35:05 Iain Hume fouled by Jimmy Smith, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 35:05 Jimmy Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Humphrey.
    • 31:47 Scott Laird takes a shot.
    • 31:40 Tom Clarke delivers the ball.
    • 30:52 Chris Humphrey sends in a cross.
    • 30:39 Iain Hume has an effort at goal.
    • 29:52 David Gray delivers the ball.
    • 28:26 Clearance made by Chris Day.
    • 28:15 Shot by Bailey Wright. Chris Day catches the ball.
    • 28:08 Kevin Davies produces a cross.
    • 27:58 Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:50 Stuart Beavon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 27:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Beavon by David Gray.
    • 25:51 Kevin Davies takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 25:28 Iain Hume takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.
    • 24:58 Stuart Beavon takes a shot and bounced off the bar.
    • 24:28 Clearance made by David Gray.
    • 24:19 Free kick crossed by Joel Byrom.
    • 24:04 Unfair challenge on Joel Byrom by Simon Heslop results in a free kick.
    • 21:54 Keith Keane makes a clearance.
    • 21:49 A cross is delivered by David Gray.
    • 20:36 The ball is crossed by Luke Freeman.
    • 20:02 Free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 19:53 Stuart Beavon is caught offside.
    • 19:35 Jimmy Smith takes the free kick.
    • 19:23 Peter Hartley fouled by Stuart Beavon, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 18:22 Corner taken by Michael Doughty from the right by-line.
    • 18:09 Tom Clarke makes a clearance.
    • 18:04 Robin Shroot restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:51 Stuart Beavon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roarie Deacon.
    • 15:53 Luke Freeman takes a shot.
    • 14:34 Iain Hume has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
    • 12:54 Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.
    • 12:35 David Gray receives a yellow card.
    • 12:35 Booking
    • 12:26 David Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Iain Hume.
    • 11:38 Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:32 Luke Freeman produces a cross.
    • 9:04 Luke Freeman takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
    • 7:16 The ball is delivered by David Gray.
    • 6:59 Tom Clarke makes a clearance.
    • 6:44 Oumare Tounkara takes a shot.
    • 5:28 Clearance made by Tom Clarke.
    • 5:19 The ball is crossed by Luke Freeman.
    • 4:18 Michael Doughty has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 3:52 Header by Iain Hume goes to the left of the goal.
    • 3:43 The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.
    • 3:20 Jimmy Smith manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:12 Free kick taken by Joel Byrom.
    • 2:58 Michael Doughty concedes a free kick for a foul on Iain Hume.
    • 0:58 Joel Byrom manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:51 Corner taken by Michael Doughty.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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