League One
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Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Preston North End

Preston's Jermaine Beckford struck late on to prevent Crewe from climbing out of the League One relegation zone.

The hosts had taken the lead moments earlier through youngster George Cooper.

The teenage substitute took on Nicky Ajose's pass before finishing well, but on-loan Bolton striker Beckford denied the Alex a valuable victory.

He made amends for an earlier miss by running onto Kevin Davies's header to keep Preston within two points of second-placed Swindon.

Crewe, who had won their previous two games to climb off the bottom of League One, moved up another place to 21st, but remain in the danger zone on goal difference behind Crawley.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Garratt
  • 33Stewart
  • 4Davis
  • 3Guthrie
  • 19Baillie
  • 7TurtonSubstituted forCooperat 68'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 28Ness
  • 24Leigh
  • 35Ajose
  • 25HaberSubstituted forIkpeazuat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 2Tootle
  • 11Cooper
  • 18Nolan
  • 20Jones
  • 23Ng
  • 34Ikpeazu

Preston

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Stuckmann
  • 4Wiseman
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Laird
  • 31Browne
  • 19WelshSubstituted forKilkennyat 86'minutes
  • 30Brownhill
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBeckfordat 68'minutes
  • 9Davies
  • 18LittleSubstituted forHumphreyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 6Wright
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 10Beckford
  • 15Woods
  • 22King
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
6,429

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home2
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Preston North End 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Harry Davis.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces John Welsh.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Preston North End 1. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

  11. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Preston North End 0. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

  13. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

  17. Post update

    John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Oliver Turton.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Paul Gallagher.