January 13, 2013
Slick Saddlers scoop win
First-half goals from Febian Brandy and Paul Downing set Walsall on their way to a third straight win - 3-1 at Preston, who slumped to a third straight defeat.
Former Manchester United striker Brandy opened the scoring for the Saddlers in the 18th minute before Downing doubled their advantage just before half-time.
James Baxendale put the result beyond doubt after 56 minutes, with Bailey Wright's late header unable to prevent Preston's winless run at home in the league extending to nine.
Walsall went close after just five minutes with North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann denying both Jamie Paterson and Andy Butler with fingertip saves.
Preston striker Joe Garner, making his home debut, was denied a 16th-minute penalty by referee Carl Boyeson despite being upended running on to Stuart Beavon's low cross.
Walsall took full advantage moments later when Brandy turned in Will Grigg's cross before Downing added a second in the 38th minute with a header from an Adam Chambers delivery.
Baxendale completed the win after the break when Luke Foster's loose touch allowed Grigg to pick him out, before Wright's stoppage-time consolation for Preston.
|Preston North End||Walsall|
|1 Thorsten Stuckmann||28 Ian McLoughlin|
|16 David Buchanan||4 Andy Butler|
|27 Luke Foster||14 Ben Purkiss|
|26 Bailey Wright||22 Paul Downing|
|19 John Welsh||20 Malvind Benning|
|11 Lee Holmes||7 Adam Chambers|
|8 Nicky Wroe||27 Sam Mantom|
|17 Jeffrey Monakana||24 James Baxendale|
|22 Jack King||10 Jamie Paterson|
|14 Joe Garner||12 Febian Brandy|
|29 Stuart Beavon||9 William Grigg|
|35 Rhys Taylor||David Grof 1|
|5 Chris Robertson||James Chambers 25|
|18 Andrew Procter||Andy Taylor 26|
|20 Chris Beardsley||Richard Taundry 2|
|13 Joel Byrom||Nicky Featherstone 6|
|24 William Hayhurst||Ashley Hemmings 11|
|9 Graham Cummins||George Bowerman 17|
|Joel Byrom for Jeffrey Monakana (65)||Ashley Hemmings for James Baxendale (79)|
|Graham Cummins for Jack King (72)||James Chambers for Febian Brandy (86)|
|William Hayhurst for Lee Holmes (80)||George Bowerman for William Grigg (87)|
|· Squads: Preston North End | Walsall|