Paul Gallagher's second-half hat-trick for Preston left Shrewsbury on the brink of relegation from League One.

Lee Holmes headed in Gallagher's cross to put the hosts ahead and Bailey Wright volleyed in a second from the edge of the box.

Shaun Miller rounded keeper Declan Rudd to make it 2-1 before Gallagher steered home Stuart Beavon's cross.

Gallagher then fired in from the spot and direct from a free-kick, after Luke Summerfield headed in for the visitors.

Preston were awarded a penalty after Alan Browne was brought down in the area by Joe Jacobson.

Shrewsbury, who are 23rd in League One, are now six points from safety and will need to win their last two games to have any chance of staying up.

Preston are level on points with third-placed Rotherham having already booked their place in the play-offs.

Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I think sometimes you've just got to hold your hands up when you're beaten by a better side.

"We're right up against it now. It's not mathematically certain yet but it's a case of winning two games and hope everyone loses theirs.

"Obviously it's going to be unbelievably difficult, but we've got to do better than we've done today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 05 Clarke (Humphrey - 45' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 19 Welsh
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright
  • 11 Holmes (Brownhill - 72' )
  • 31 Browne
  • 09 Davies (Garner - 64' )
  • 10 Beavon
  • 12 Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 14 Garner
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 17 Davies
  • 30 Brownhill
  • 37 Kilkenny

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 05 Iorfa (Summerfield - 64' )
  • 27 Mills
  • 22 Woods Booked
  • 18 Goldson
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 11 Taylor
  • 15 Wildig (Parry - 45' )
  • 09 Bradshaw (Eaves - 45' )
  • 07 Miller
  • 29 Hall

Substitutes

  • 04 Summerfield
  • 17 Parry
  • 24 Eaves
  • 25 Anyon
  • 26 Atajic
  • 33 Flint
  • 34 Fletcher
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 9,636

Match Stats

Shots

19 6

On target

6 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 5, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 5, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +3:13

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:43

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

89:58

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

87:00

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

87:00

Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:27 Booking

Booking Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:00

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:59

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

82:28

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

82:28

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 5, Shrewsbury Town 2. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

79:41

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:41

Foul by Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town).

78:10

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

77:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 4, Shrewsbury Town 2. Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Parry with a cross.

76:15

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:15

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

73:13

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

73:13

Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Lee Holmes.

71:00

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:57

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

67:57

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

67:34

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:34

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

67:07

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

67:07

Foul by Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town).

66:23

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack King.

65:34

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Luke Summerfield replaces Dominic Iorfa.

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Joe Garner replaces Kevin Davies.

61:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 4, Shrewsbury Town 1. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

61:16

Penalty Preston North End. Alan Browne draws a foul in the penalty area.

61:16

Penalty conceded by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:36

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack King.

59:28

Attempt blocked. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:45

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

57:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Beavon with a cross.

50:06

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

50:06

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:22

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:05

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

47:53

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

46:45

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:45

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Tom Clarke.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Eaves replaces Tom Bradshaw.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Aaron Wildig.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

42:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner.

41:20

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:48

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

40:48

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 2, Shrewsbury Town 0. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin Davies.

39:04

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

38:22

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

37:12

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:12

Foul by Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town).

35:45

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:24

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

33:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

29:31

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

26:16

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

26:16

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:14

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

24:07

Hand ball by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

22:00

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

21:36

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

20:30

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

18:09

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

10:14

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

6:28

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

6:28

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:13

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack King.

4:34

Attempt blocked. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

1:41

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

0:48

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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