League One
PrestonPreston North End1CrawleyCrawley Town0

Preston North End 1-0 Crawley Town

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."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Rudd
  • 2KeaneBooked at 60mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 19Welsh
  • 22King
  • 5Clarke
  • 11Holmes
  • 37KilkennySubstituted forBrowneat 66'minutes
  • 10BeavonSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forHumphreyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 3Laird
  • 6Wright
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 17Davies
  • 31Browne

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 7Clarke
  • 3Sadler
  • 8Torres
  • 4Connolly
  • 12WalshBooked at 80mins
  • 11Simpson
  • 10Drury
  • 21Jones
  • 14Proctor
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forMonakanaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
  • 26Edwards
  • 28Dicker
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
8,979

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Crawley Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by David Buchanan.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Stuart Beavon.

  8. Post update

    Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Jeffrey Monakana (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  13. Booking

    Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Dannie Bulman.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39268572254786
2Brentford38248662352780
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Sheff Utd38149154042-251
11Port Vale39156185265-1351
12Bradford391115135048248
13Coventry391610137069148
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley361113123844-646
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
24Stevenage39108214060-2038
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