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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Preston North End

Mathias Pogba

Crewe Alexandra secured their League One status with victory over Preston - their first home win since February.

The hosts went ahead on 10 minutes, Adam Dugdale heading his first goal of the season from a Jon Guthrie corner.

Preston were the brighter side after the interval but Mathias Pogba doubled Crewe's lead when he slotted home after Uche Ikpeazu's counter-attack.

John Welsh's shot into the bottom corner pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute but Crewe held on.

Preston's defeat cost them home advantage in the second leg of the League One play-offs.

Simon Grayson's side will now face fourth-placed Rotherham United at Deepdale on Saturday 10 May (17:15 BST).

The return is at the New York Stadium the following Thursday night (15 May, 19:45 BST).

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The other teams have lost as well but I wanted the players to do it themselves - and they have. The application of the players was excellent all week and we stuck to the game plan.

"I've told the players all season how important set plays can be in tight games. It is the second time we did that routine for the first goal and it paid off again. We did it at Shrewsbury when Mathias Pogba scored and it worked again with Adam Dugdale. We have a 100% record with that one!

"That gave us the one-goal cushion and I was pleased that we then restricted them to shots from distance. They never really got in behind us. The second goal was well worked and I thought we deserved it. Uche showed his strength and Pogs was in the right place to put it in.

"The supporters were magnificent and the atmosphere made it a great day for everyone. They really got behind the players and helped us get over the line. We have worked to be in this league and the fans played a massive part in keeping us there."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4631105893158103
2Brentford462810872432994
3Leyton Orient4625111085454086
4Rotherham462414886582886
5Preston462316772462685
6Peterborough462351872581474
7Sheff Utd461813154846267
8Swindon46199186359466
9Port Vale46187215973-1461
10MK Dons46179206365-260
11Bradford461417155754359
12Bristol City461319147067358
13Walsall461416164949058
14Crawley461415174854-657
15Oldham461414185059-956
16Colchester461314195361-853
17Gillingham46158236079-1953
18Coventry461613177477-351
19Crewe461312215480-2651
20Notts County46155266477-1350
21Tranmere461211235279-2747
22Carlisle461112234376-3345
23Shrewsbury46915224465-2142
24Stevenage46119264672-2642
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