Match ends, Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0.
Preston stretched their unbeaten run to five games as goals from Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne earned a comfortable victory over Port Vale.
Joe Garner's bicycle kick was palmed away before Preston opened the scoring through Gallagher's powerful effort.
Vale were down to 10 men on 79 minutes when defender Stephane Zubar was red-carded for striking Garner in the face.
Preston then doubled their lead almost instantly, Browne running through to beat Chris Neal with a deflected shot.
Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:
"As much as I think that the sending-off was harsh, I'm disappointed at our bit of ill discipline. You've got to rise above it and not get involved.
"Somebody was going to get sent off because of the way the lad was playing. I've looked at half a dozen incidents on the analysis and, quite frankly, they're embarrassing, but I'm disappointed that we've risen to the bait.
"You're going to come up against players like that who are going to try to gain an advantage by reducing you to 10 men. And the sending-off changed the game."
- 7HumphreySubstituted forHayhurstat 90'minutes
- 17ReidSubstituted forRobinsonat 70'minutes
- 14GarnerBooked at 56minsSubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes
- 6DuffyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMcGivernat 65'minutes
- 32ZubarBooked at 79mins
- 8DoddsSubstituted forMooreat 69'minutes
- 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDanielat 70'minutes
- 11PopeBooked at 45mins
- Mick Russell
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.
Attempt saved. David Buchanan (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Preston North End. William Hayhurst replaces Chris Humphrey.
Attempt saved. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Adam Yates (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).
Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Joe Garner.
Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Goal! Preston North End 2, Port Vale 0. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Buchanan.
Stéphane Zubar (Port Vale) is shown the red card for fighting.
Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stéphane Zubar (Port Vale).
Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.