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Notts County 1-3 Preston North End

Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford has scored 12 league goals for Preston North End this season

Preston North End took a step closer to the Championship with a crucial win at relegation-threatened Notts County.

Jermaine Beckford put the visitors ahead with a flick and cool finish, before League One's top scorer Joe Garner netted his 22nd of the season to give Preston a half-time lead.

After the break, County's Jimmy Spencer lashed in but Beckford smashed home his second to give Preston three points.

The Lilywhites will seal promotion with wins in their final two games.

League One battle for promotion and survival
Preston North End remaining games: Swindon (h), Colchester (a)
Notts County remaining fixtures: Doncaster (h), Gillingham (a)

Simon Grayson's side, who are now unbeaten in 17 league matches, can guarantee a return to the second tier of English football for the first time since 2010-11 if they beat Swindon and MK Dons lose at Rochdale at the weekend.

Preston, who had thrown away leads in their last three games, had goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to thank six minutes from time as he pulled off a superb save with his legs to deny Garry Thompson and keep the score at 2-1.

Notts County have now failed to win in 11 games and sit two points from safety with just six points left to play for.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1CarrollBooked at 64mins
  • 7HayhurstSubstituted forNobleat 45'minutes
  • 6Hollis
  • 28EdwardsSubstituted forBajnerat 60'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 34Williams
  • 24Burke
  • 13Jones
  • 4SmithSubstituted forThompsonat 90'minutes
  • 11Thompson
  • 9Spencer

Substitutes

  • 8Wroe
  • 15Thompson
  • 16Noble
  • 17Lita
  • 27Bajner
  • 33Cranston
  • 35Pilkington

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 3Laird
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 27RobinsonSubstituted forWoodsat 80'minutes
  • 24Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forKilkennyat 80'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 75minsSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 10Beckford

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 15Woods
  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 40Ebanks-Blake
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
4,769

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Preston North End 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Preston North End 3.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Curtis Thompson replaces Alan Smith.

Substitution

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

Foul by Garry Thompson (Notts County).

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

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Preston North End 3. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Graham Burke (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Graham Burke (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Paul Gallagher.

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

Attempt saved. Balint Bajner (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Gary Jones (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

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

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Foul by Alan Smith (Notts County).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Preston North End 2. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Jones.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Notts County).

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Jones (Notts County).

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Notts County).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Williams (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by John Welsh.

Attempt saved. Liam Noble (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Roy Carroll (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Balint Bajner replaces Michael Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Alan Smith (Notts County).

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City442712586365093
2Preston442414676393786
3MK Dons442510993415285
4Swindon432381273512277
5Sheff Utd4419121364511369
6Chesterfield4419111467521568
7Rochdale441961970581263
8Fleetwood441612164548-360
9Gillingham441514156163-259
10Bradford441514155355-259
11Barnsley441611175760-359
12Peterborough44178194852-459
13Doncaster441513165258-658
14Walsall441317144646056
15Oldham441414165364-1156
16Scunthorpe441314175869-1153
17Coventry441216164656-1052
18Port Vale44149215262-1051
19Crawley441311204973-2450
20Crewe441310214073-3349
21Leyton Orient441211215666-1047
22Notts County441114194259-1747
23Colchester43129225374-2145
24Yeovil441010243468-3440
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