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Preston North End 2-0 Port Vale

Preston stretched their unbeaten run to five games as goals from Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne earned a comfortable victory over Port Vale.

Joe Garner's bicycle kick was palmed away before Preston opened the scoring through Gallagher's powerful effort.

Vale were down to 10 men on 79 minutes when defender Stephane Zubar was red-carded for striking Garner in the face.

Preston then doubled their lead almost instantly, Browne running through to beat Chris Neal with a deflected shot.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"As much as I think that the sending-off was harsh, I'm disappointed at our bit of ill discipline. You've got to rise above it and not get involved.

"Somebody was going to get sent off because of the way the lad was playing. I've looked at half a dozen incidents on the analysis and, quite frankly, they're embarrassing, but I'm disappointed that we've risen to the bait.

"You're going to come up against players like that who are going to try to gain an advantage by reducing you to 10 men. And the sending-off changed the game."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 4Wiseman
  • 22King
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Buchanan
  • 31Browne
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHayhurstat 90'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 17ReidSubstituted forRobinsonat 70'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 56minsSubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 23Huntington
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Robinson
  • 30Brownhill

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 6DuffyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMcGivernat 65'minutes
  • 32ZubarBooked at 79mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forMooreat 69'minutes
  • 15O'Connor
  • 10Lines
  • 20Marshall
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDanielat 70'minutes
  • 11PopeBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 7Birchall
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 17Brown
  • 19Moore
  • 26Streete
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
9,381

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Attempt saved. David Buchanan (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Chris Humphrey.

Attempt saved. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Adam Yates (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Buchanan.

Dismissal

Stéphane Zubar (Port Vale) is shown the red card for fighting.

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

Foul by Stéphane Zubar (Port Vale).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Kyel Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Ben Williamson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Byron Moore replaces Louis Dodds.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ryan McGivern replaces Richard Duffy.

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

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

Booking

Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1394028131531
2Peterborough138232213926
3Swindon1164123121122
4Preston1164122111122
5MK Dons1162325141120
6Notts County125521710720
7Sheff Utd126241918120
8Chesterfield125432218419
9Fleetwood135441411319
10Oldham134721715219
11Bradford135351616018
12Rochdale125252013717
13Barnsley124351819-115
14Doncaster114251218-614
15Crawley134271223-1114
16Colchester133461719-213
17Coventry133461419-513
18Gillingham133461319-613
19Yeovil133461221-913
20Leyton Orient122641315-212
21Walsall132651114-312
22Port Vale133371521-612
23Scunthorpe133281526-1111
24Crewe133191130-1910
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