League One
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Preston North End 5-1 Crewe Alexandra

Joe Garner
Joe Garner has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances for Preston North End this season

Joe Garner scored four goals against strugglers Crewe as second-placed Preston North End extended their unbeaten League One run to eight games.

Garner opened the scoring with a right-footed effort before nodding in a second from a Paul Gallagher cross.

Defender Ollie Turton hit back for Crewe, only for Garner to compete his hat-trick with a curled effort.

The striker added a fourth with a tap-in after the ball came off the post, before Jermaine Beckford made it 5-1.

Preston have now won seven of their last eight games to retain their position in the automatic promotion places, while Crewe slip to 19th in the table, now within four points of the drop zone.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"If we ever want to contest for a top six finish in the future then we have to match teams like Preston and this showed that we have a lot of work to do.

"We were in the game at 2-1 and I was happy to go in at the interval at 2-1 because we had worked hard to get back into it. We then had a goal disallowed to make it 2-2.

"The referee has disallowed it for whatever reason and maybe the crowd and the reaction of the Preston players has influenced that. That was a turning point.

"The third goal was a killer and then the fourth and fifth goals were mistakes from us. We cannot afford to come to places like Preston and make costly mistakes."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Laird
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19WelshBooked at 66minsSubstituted forKilkennyat 76'minutes
  • 24Johnson
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 83'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 27RobinsonSubstituted forHumphreyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 15Woods
  • 18Little
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 40Ebanks-Blake

Crewe

  • 44Rachubka
  • 7Turton
  • 4Davis
  • 5Ray
  • 3Guthrie
  • 20JonesSubstituted forAtkinsonat 74'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 30TateSubstituted forCooperat 65'minutes
  • 28Ness
  • 25Haber
  • 35AjoseSubstituted forIkpeazuat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Atkinson
  • 11Cooper
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Baillie
  • 33Stewart
  • 34Ikpeazu
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
10,203

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 5, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 5, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Preston North End).

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 5, Crewe Alexandra 1. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 4, Crewe Alexandra 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Atkinson replaces James Jones.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Crewe Alexandra 1. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by George Ray.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Callum Robinson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Alan Tate.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Nicky Ajose.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City37248570323880
2Preston35209660312969
3Swindon36207963382567
4MK Dons36189969383163
5Sheff Utd35159114942754
6Barnsley36165155049153
7Peterborough36165154544153
8Fleetwood36149133739-251
9Bradford351311114440450
10Doncaster361311124445-150
11Chesterfield35139135148348
12Port Vale36146164549-448
13Rochdale341451558451347
14Gillingham361211135051-147
15Oldham351210134453-946
16Walsall361112133540-545
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Notts County35119153544-942
19Crewe36126183564-2942
20Coventry36913144051-1140
21Leyton Orient35108174752-538
22Crawley36910173962-2337
23Colchester3697204261-1934
24Yeovil3789202856-2833
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