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Preston North End 1-0 Coventry City

Preston striker Kevin Davies
Kevin Davies's last goal was also against Coventry City at Deepdale over a year ago

Kevin Davies hit his first goal of the season, the 150th of his career, as Preston beat Coventry to pick up their first win in six League One games.

The veteran striker, who scored and got sent off in last season's corresponding fixture, headed home Paul Gallagher's floated cross from eight yards on 21 minutes for the only goal of the game.

Frank Nouble could have equalised, but skied over the bar from six yards.

Then John Fleck's injury-time 35-yard left-foot strike hit the woodwork.

Lilywhites have the wood on Sky Blues
Coventry City have an awful record against Preston North End, having won just once in 20 league meetings with them over the last decade. The Sky Blues have never won in 18 league visits now to Deepdale, although they have won there twice in cup games - in the FA Cup in January 1910 and again in a League Cup second-round first-leg tie in September 2010.

That leaves Coventry still without a league win in 18 visits to Deepdale.

But Davies was close to a second goal before the break when Gallagher's cross evaded two defenders and was chested goalwards by the striker from close range, only for goalkeeper Lee Burge to push it over the bar.

North End remain fourth, while Coventry slip to 20th, but are still three points clear of trouble.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"A point was a minimum we deserved. We were excellent. We created great moments but just couldn't capitalise.

"I know ultimately it's about winning but if you ask 'Could the team give any more? Could we have more control of the game away from home against a promotion chasing team?', then the answer would be no.

"Overall I was really satisfied. As a manager the one thing you can't guarantee is results but, if you get that kind of performance, then more often than not you'll get the result."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forBrownhillat 18'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 5Clarke
  • 4Wiseman
  • 24Johnson
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forGarnerat 66'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forWelshat 66'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 7Humphrey

Substitutes

  • 6Wright
  • 14Garner
  • 17Reid
  • 19Welsh
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 30Brownhill
  • 40Ebanks-Blake

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 21Martin
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forThomasat 84'minutes
  • 22Pennington
  • 11O'Brien
  • 7Fleck
  • 16Barton
  • 8Williams
  • 14Samuel
  • 19NoubleSubstituted forTudgayat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Thomas
  • 12Jackson
  • 20Tudgay
  • 25Turgott
  • 26Haynes
  • 33Charles-Cook
  • 37Thomas
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
13,363

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Coventry City 0.

John Fleck (Coventry City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

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

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

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

Attempt blocked. Luke Williams (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

Adam Barton (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. George Thomas replaces Andy Webster because of an injury.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adam Barton (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Joe Garner replaces Neil Kilkenny.

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City27177350222858
2Swindon28176554272757
3MK Dons28168459253456
4Preston28148642281450
5Chesterfield2811984236642
6Oldham28101083939040
7Sheff Utd2611693230239
8Rochdale261151047351238
9Bradford2710893532338
10Peterborough28115123535038
11Fleetwood29108112829-138
12Walsall2891092929037
13Doncaster279992833-536
14Port Vale29106133642-636
15Barnsley28105133741-435
16Notts County2898113035-535
17Gillingham2998123844-635
18Scunthorpe2696113742-533
19Crewe2895142851-2332
20Coventry29710122940-1131
21Colchester2877143446-1228
22Yeovil2977152341-1828
23Crawley2969142749-2227
24Leyton Orient2768133543-826
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