League One
StevenageStevenage1PrestonPreston North End1
Jimmy Smith

Stevenage snatched a vital point in their battle for survival in League One as they held promotion-chasers Preston.

Tom Clarke put the visitors ahead by stabbing in Jack King's free-kick after it was knocked down by Kevin Davies.

Preston kept their lead into the final minutes but Stevenage's Jimmy Smith drove through a busy box and past Declan Rudd to equalise.

Darius Charles then shot wide of the post and saw a long-range effort well saved as the Boro threatened to win it.

The result leaves Preston six points behind second-placed Leyton Orient in the race for automatic promotion, whilst Stevenage climb out of the relegation zone at Tranmere's expense.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The top six sides are where they are for a reason. I thought we played the first half a little bit in awe, maybe of some of their reputations.

"It took us half the game to get going, in the first half we didn't show a lot of composure. It was a bit haphazard.

"I thought we deserved something out of the game. Tonight we weren't prepared to be edged out.

"We found that little bit extra, we could easily have won the game."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 34DeaconSubstituted forReidat 84'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 5Ashton
  • 4DembeleBooked at 15mins
  • 20SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forDoughtyat 68'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 9Charles
  • 11Akins

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 10Burrow
  • 14Heslop
  • 23Reid
  • 24Doughty
  • 29Hartley

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 2Keane
  • 3LairdBooked at 90mins
  • 19Welsh
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forWisemanat 82'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 22King
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 10Beavon
  • 16Buchanan
  • 17Davies
  • 30Brownhill
  • 32Wiseman
  • 37Kilkenny
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
2,448

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home4
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

  6. Post update

    Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

  9. Booking

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

  12. Post update

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Roarie Deacon because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Kevin Davies.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Wiseman replaces Chris Humphrey.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Bira Dembele (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Paul Gallagher.

  20. Post update

    Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34237464214376
2Leyton Orient36228670333774
3Brentford34227558312773
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham351811666432365
6Peterborough35174145648855
7MK Dons36157145348552
8Walsall361212124039148
9Swindon36138155351247
10Port Vale35144174655-946
11Bradford351014114743444
12Sheff Utd33128133638-244
13Gillingham36135184859-1144
14Coventry35149126463141
15Bristol City36914135459-541
16Crawley3191393539-440
17Colchester34912133944-539
18Oldham36108184053-1338
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Stevenage35106193755-1836
21Tranmere3599174162-2136
22Crewe3699184168-2736
23Shrewsbury35712163447-1333
24Notts County3694234364-2131
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