Match ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.
Joe Garner headed the only goal of the game as Preston beat Crawley to all but secure a play-off place in League One.
Garner's 18th of the season came early on as he met Keith Keane's centre from the right-hand side to nod the ball past Paul Jones.
Garner had chances to increase the lead but headed over when well placed and had a volley well saved.
Mike Jones had Crawley's best effort but he shot straight at goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
Preston now need just one point to guarantee a play-off place, while Crawley, who have lost their last three are six points clear of the relegation zone.
Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"At this stage of the season, the performance doesn't matter as long as you get the three points.
"We wanted to keep a lot more of the ball because they are dangerous and have got some good players in their side.
"We said to the players on Monday that if we can get six points, we're back in it again. Other results have been nice for us."
Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:
"They seemed very content settling in with a 1-0 but that's three games for us without scoring and we had good chances to have got goals today.
"The effort and hard work was there and everybody kept playing till the 93rd minute, so I can't really grumble about the effort in the game.
"We have always had that problem [not scoring]. Certainly before I came here it was a huge problem and certainly in the last three games we haven't taken our chances. Any football fan can see we are not as good as we could be."
- 2KeaneBooked at 60mins
- 37KilkennySubstituted forBrowneat 66'minutes
- 10BeavonSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes
- 12GallagherSubstituted forHumphreyat 74'minutes
- 12WalshBooked at 80mins
- 15BulmanSubstituted forMonakanaat 77'minutes
- David Webb
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.
Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by David Buchanan.
Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Hand ball by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).
Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Stuart Beavon.
Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).
Jeffrey Monakana (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).
Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).
Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Dannie Bulman.
Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).