Preston North End 5-2 Shrewsbury Town

Paul Gallagher

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4430955599
2Brentford44271073091
3Rotherham44231382782
4Preston44221662582
5Leyton Orient442311103680
6Peterborough44224181270
7Swindon4419916766
8Sheff Utd43161215060
9Port Vale4418620-1360
10MK Dons4417819059
11Walsall44141614258
12Bristol City44131714356
13Crawley43141316-555
14Bradford44121715153
15Gillingham4415722-1752
16Oldham43131218-1051
17Coventry44161216-250
18Colchester44111419-1247
19Tranmere44121121-2447
20Crewe44121121-2747
21Notts County4414426-1546
22Carlisle43111121-2944
23Shrewsbury4491421-1941
24Stevenage4410925-2539
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