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Preston North End 3-1 Gillingham

Paul Gallagher scored his fourth goal in two games for Preston.

Preston maintained their good form with a win over Gillingham in League One.

The hosts took an early lead when John Welsh's shot found the top corner after Stuart Beavon's lay-off.

But the Gills drew level on the stroke of half-time after Jack King miscued a headed clearance and Leon Legge fed Cody McDonald who fired home.

Paul Gallagher regained the lead with a shot from the edge of the area before Neil Kilkenny sealed the win from close range with his first touch.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post-match: Gillingham manager Taylor

"The players have worked exceptionally hard. I know we got beat today but we played against a very good team. The main objective was to stay in the division, start again and learn from the season.

"In the end, the club didn't have a particularly good start - so to finish off with 52 points, I think we've all got to be pleased with that.

"I'm just really, really pleased we're still in the division because there was one or two times where I thought this is going to be very close - but we're over the moon now."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 31BrowneSubstituted forKilkennyat 62'minutes
  • 22King
  • 6Wright
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHumphreyat 62'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forDaviesat 75'minutes
  • 10Beavon
  • 12Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 4Huntington
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 16Buchanan
  • 17Davies
  • 37Kilkenny

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 29Hewitt
  • 3Martin
  • 31HessenthalerSubstituted forDackat 79'minutes
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 19Smith
  • 12Gregory
  • 10McDonald
  • 18LeeSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 70'minutes
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forWestonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 15Dack
  • 23Harriman
  • 27Fagan
  • 35Baxter
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
11,591

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Gillingham 1.

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack King.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Joe Garner.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Myles Weston.

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Charlie Lee.

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

Hand ball by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4530105863155100
2Brentford452710870432791
3Preston452316671442785
4Leyton Orient4524111082443883
5Rotherham452314884572783
6Peterborough452341872581473
7Swindon45199176257566
8Sheff Utd441712154544163
9MK Dons45179196262060
10Port Vale45186215973-1460
11Walsall451416154948158
12Bristol City451318146966357
13Bradford451317155553256
14Crawley441413174753-655
15Oldham441412184857-954
16Gillingham45157235978-1952
17Coventry451613167375-251
18Colchester451214195261-950
19Notts County45154266376-1349
20Crewe451212215279-2748
21Tranmere451211225177-2647
22Carlisle441111224373-3044
23Stevenage45119254670-2442
24Shrewsbury45914224364-2141
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