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Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Preston North End

Joe Garner

Joe Garner's brace was enough for Preston to beat struggling Tranmere.

Garner nodded in a cross from Craig Davies to put North End in front and he saw another headed effort kept out by Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

Substitute Jason Koumas burst through three tackles to force a good save from Declan Rudd before Rovers levelled when Ash Taylor finished from close range.

Koumas hit the bar with a free-kick before Garner's winner, the striker rounding off a swift counter attack.

Preston remained fourth, but closed the gap on all three teams above them in the table, while Tranmere's defeat left them just two points above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"A point would have been nice. They've come and attacked, took chances and caused us one or two problems, but we hung in there and stayed in the game.

"You look at the goals they've scored - it's 'self-destruct' for the goals. We huffed and puffed and I can't fault the effort."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We came here in a confident manner. The display merited a victory. All that was missing were a couple more goals before half-time.

"We were certainly the dominant team for the first 35 minutes and we gave them a bit of encouragement just before half-time, but we got back on it again and I thought we played very well today."

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 29PenningtonBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 8WallaceBooked at 33mins
  • 4Taylor
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 15KirbySubstituted forKoumasat 28'minutes
  • 18Jennings
  • 9Lowe
  • 14Cassidy
  • 20KennedySubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 22Koumas
  • 33Mooney

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 32Wiseman
  • 3LairdBooked at 60mins
  • 19Welsh
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 2Keane
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 14Garner
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forHumphreyat 82'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forDaviesat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 27Hume
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
5,895

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

  9. Booking

    Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Pennington (Tranmere Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

    Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford29196451272463
2Wolves29187449202961
3Leyton Orient29186560283260
4Preston291510440281255
5Rotherham29149651381351
6Peterborough29153115041948
7Walsall30121083629746
8Swindon30135124941844
9MK Dons29116124442239
10Port Vale28123134145-439
11Gillingham31115154253-1138
12Coventry2913885751637
13Bradford2971484137435
14Colchester2681083534134
15Oldham3097143442-834
16Crawley2571082934-531
17Tranmere3087153352-1931
18Crewe3087153357-2431
19Notts County3193194050-1030
20Carlisle2986153351-1830
21Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
22Bristol City30513124249-728
23Shrewsbury3069152841-1327
24Stevenage2774162745-1825
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