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Preston North End 1-0 Rochdale

By Nathan MiddletonBBC Sport at Deepdale
Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford, on loan at Preston from Bolton, has scored five goals in his last eight games

Preston moved seven points clear in the automatic promotion places in League One with a home win over Rochdale.

The visitors started brightly at Deepdale and had a goal ruled out for offside after Rhys Bennett headed home Ian Henderson's flick-on.

After Preston winger Callum Robinson shot straight at the goalkeeper when one-on-one, Jermaine Beckford's smart turn and low shot put the hosts ahead.

Henderson wasted a free header six yards out as Dale pressed to level.

Dale full-back Andy Cannon's cross was turned onto the post, while Joe Garner nearly doubled Preston's lead at the other end with a stooping header.

Simon Grayson's North End side are now unbeaten in their last 12 league games and have closed the gap on leaders Bristol City to eight points.

Rochdale remain seventh and are four points off the play-off places, but do have a game in hand on sixth-placed Chesterfield.

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Johnstone
  • 15Woods
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Laird
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19Welsh
  • 24Johnson
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forHumphreyat 63'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 27RobinsonSubstituted forLittleat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wiseman
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 18Little
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King

Rochdale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lillis
  • 27Cannon
  • 5Eastham
  • 17Tanser
  • 33Kennedy
  • 3Bennett
  • 25Rose
  • 14HérySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 64'minutes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBrandyat 79'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 39BunneySubstituted forAndrewat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 9Andrew
  • 10Brandy
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 21Musangu
  • 28Camps
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
12,288

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

    Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Febian Brandy (Rochdale).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Andy Little replaces Callum Robinson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Febian Brandy replaces Peter Vincenti.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City402510576354185
2Preston392211665333277
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3917101256451161
6Chesterfield40179145951860
7Bradford391512125143857
8Rochdale391751765521356
9Barnsley39168155352156
10Peterborough40175184649-356
11Fleetwood401511144144-356
12Doncaster391411144851-353
13Oldham401411155059-953
14Gillingham401312155458-451
15Port Vale40146204958-948
16Walsall391114143642-647
17Scunthorpe391211165262-1047
18Coventry401113164455-1146
19Crewe40137203769-3246
20Leyton Orient39129185154-345
21Notts County391111173952-1344
22Crawley401111184466-2244
23Colchester39118204864-1641
24Yeovil4089233163-3233
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