League One - 2nd Leg
Preston3Chesterfield0

Preston North End 3-0 Chesterfield (4-0 agg)

Jermaine Beckford
Jermaine Beckford has now scored 15 goals for Preston since joining on loan from Bolton

Jermaine Beckford scored from the halfway line to help Preston North End beat Chesterfield and book their spot in the League One play-off final.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Beckford fired the Lilywhites ahead at Deepdale after Joe Garner's flick on.

A second-half penalty from Garner and a stunning long-range finish from Beckford secured their spot at Wembley.

They will face either Sheffield United or Swindon Town on Sunday, 24 May for a place in the Championship.

Preston will be hoping to end an astonishingly poor play-off record, having not won promotion in their previous nine attempts.

Before the two matches against the Spireites, the Lilywhites had only been victorious in three of their 21 play-off matches.

Preston play-offs

The second leg mirrored the tight affair of the first, with the tension obvious between the two teams in the niggling challenges throughout.

The visitors started brightly, dominating possession, and Clucas fired just wide in the opening minute after John Welsh's slip.

It took until the midway point of the first-half for Preston to test on-loan debutant goalkeeper Joe Murphy, when Paul Gallagher's long-range curler was easily gathered.

After Preston keeper Sam Johnstone brilliantly saved from Clucas, 140 seconds later, Beckford, scorer in the first leg, broke the deadlock with a smart finish as he rolled the defender.

The hosts saw little of the ball just after the break, but earned themselves a penalty when Chesterfield keeper Murphy inexplicably brought down midfielder Daniel Johnson on the edge of the area - and Garner powered home from the spot, his goal 27th of the season.

Chesterfield, who were promoted from League Two last year, created chances throughout with Ian Evatt and Sam Hird headers going close, while Jay O'Shea stuck the post late on.

On-loan Bolton striker Beckford sealed a 4-0 aggregate win when he spotted Murphy off his line and drilled the ball over him from long range.

Speaking about his second goal, Preston striker Jermaine Beckford told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I had a word with Joe Garner five minutes prior to that and he said 'the keeper comes off his line quite far, so if you get half a chance have a look and hit it as hard as you can.'

"Fortunately for me it flew in and the rest is history

"The most important thing now is we apply ourselves right in a couple of weeks' time. In the next couple of days we'll let our hair down as it's been a long, stressful season - obviously with what happened last weekend - and we'll be ready to work in a couple of days' time."

Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson: "Although we were down, we never out and we kept going so it was just disappointing we didn't get anything.

"They've got Joe Garner, Jermaine Beckford as well as Callum Robinson and Kevin Davies - it's always about strikers, no matter what level it is.

"I'm sure they'll be many discussions regarding players' futures first and foremost - I'm sure we'll have conversations over the next few days."

Joe Garner
Joe Garner's goal against Chesterfield was his 27th of the season
Paul Cook
Paul Cook and Simon Grayson spent the majority of the game at the edge of their technical areas
Preston fans
Preston North End fans flooded onto the field in celebration at full-time

Line-ups

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 66mins
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forHumphreyat 76'minutes
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 19Welsh
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forLairdat 71'minutes
  • 10BeckfordBooked at 43mins
  • 14GarnerBooked at 24mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Davies
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 25Hugill
  • 27Robinson
  • 31Browne

Chesterfield

  • 33Murphy
  • 2Darikwa
  • 4Hird
  • 23EvattBooked at 29mins
  • 3JonesSubstituted forAriyibiat 67'minutes
  • 8Ryan
  • 5Morsy
  • 10O'Shea
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forGardnerat 82'minutes
  • 12Clucas
  • 24BanksSubstituted forGnanduilletat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Carter
  • 7Gardner
  • 9Gnanduillet
  • 15Humphreys
  • 16Raglan
  • 18Harrison
  • 28Ariyibi
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
15,641

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Chesterfield 0.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Armand Gnanduillet with a headed pass.

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Chesterfield 0. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bailey Wright.

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Hird.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Gary Roberts because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Calum Woods because of an injury.

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Sam Clucas following a corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay O'Shea.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Laird replaces Daniel Johnson.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by John Welsh.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Daniel Jones.

Booking

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Jones (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Oliver Banks.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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