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Preston 2-1 Burnley

Chris Brown's second-half goal settled a tense Lancashire derby and gave Preston a fourth win in five games.

Tamas Priskin put the home side ahead within five minutes, curling home a stunning shot from 18 yards.

Robbie Blake twice went close for Burnley before James O'Connor's fine long-range strike made it 1-1.

But Preston grabbed the decisive goal when Brown finished from close range and Burnley's misery was complete when Clarke Carlisle was sent off late on.


  • Preston manager Alan Irvine:
    "I don't believe 50 points will be enough to stay up. If it does prove to be enough, somebody will have hit a really bad run of form.

    "The target before was 54 and it's still the target for now. If we get that then we can have a new target.

    "I am keen for us to keep the momentum going. We have done well since the turn of the year and have gathered a bit of momentum in March."

  • Burnley manager Owen Coyle said:
    "We are certainly making a habit of gifting goals.

    "Preston's second goal was a really soft one. We had probably three or four opportunities to deal with the ball but we have not done so and then paid a heavy price.

    "We have tried to paper over the cracks and to some extent have done that. We know what is needed come the summer."


    Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Mawene, St. Ledger, Davidson, Sedgwick, McKenna, Carter, Whaley, Priskin (Mellor 70), Brown.
    Subs Not Used: Chris Neal, Chaplow, Hill, Lewis Neal.

    Booked: Mawene.

    Goals: Priskin 5, Brown 54.

    Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Unsworth (Caldwell 46), Harley, Elliott, McCann, James O'Connor (Gudjonsson 73), Lafferty (Cole 68), Blake, Akinbiyi.
    Subs Not Used: Kiraly, Mahon.

    Sent Off: Carlisle 90.

    Booked: Alexander, James O'Connor, Blake.

    Goals: James O'Connor 38.

    Att: 16,149

    Ref: Uriah Rennie (S Yorkshire).




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