League One
GillinghamGillingham1PrestonPreston North End2

Gillingham 1-2 Preston North End

Keith Keane

Second-half goals from Preston's Keith Keane and Josh Brownhill consigned Gillingham to defeat in Peter Taylor's first match as interim manager.

Keane broke the deadlock when he latched onto a quick throw-in and his low shot crept inside the far post.

After Chris Whelpdale squandered two chances to equalise, a superb run and lay-off from Stuart Beavon set up Brownhill to sidefoot home.

Danny Kedwell pulled one back when he headed in from a Whelpdale free-kick.

The Gills almost grabbed a point late on, but Kedwell headed into Declan Rudd's hands and Joe Martin had a shot blocked in injury time.

Taylor, who led Gillingham to promotion to the second tier in 1999-2000, returned to Priestfield this week following the sacking of Martin Allen last Sunday.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham interim boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think there were some good bits and some disappointing bits.

"Overall I was very pleased, we passed the ball well, created some decent chances which on another day would have gone in.

"I said to the players, no dropping of the heads because the way we finished we could have got some goals. It could have been a point which would have been a much happier evening."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a game that, for 60 minutes, we were cruising. We controlled the first half and just needed to up the tempo in the final third.

"We got the two goals, but their goal changed it and they went for it.

"For the last five minutes, we were hanging on a bit. We hung in and got three points."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 23Harriman
  • 3Martin
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 12Gregory
  • 19HollandsSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 88'minutes
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forWestonat 57'minutes
  • 9Kedwell
  • 18LeeBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGermanat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 5Davies
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 15Dack
  • 16German
  • 21Howard

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHolmesat 90+2'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 6Wright
  • 4Huntington
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 17mins
  • 2KeaneBooked at 75mins
  • 19Welsh
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forByromat 70'minutes
  • 10BeavonSubstituted forBuchananat 85'minutes
  • 9Davies

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 11Holmes
  • 13Byrom
  • 14Garner
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21Mousinho
  • 27Hume
Referee:
Graham Horwood

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 1, Preston North End 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Preston North End 2.

  3. Post update

    Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by David Buchanan.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

  10. Post update

    David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

  12. Post update

    Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Danny Hollands.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

    Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. David Buchanan replaces Stuart Beavon.

  20. Post update

    Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.