Vital Report - Crewe 1-3 Preston
Preston North End's Capital One Cup run goes on after a win at Gresty Road against Crewe on Wednesday.
A potential 'banana skin' of a first round tie was overcome by Preston when they, unlike so many rival Championship clubs including Derby on the same night when they crashed out to League 2 opponents Portsmouth, advanced following a three-one win.
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This tie was, to all intent and purpose, over inside 15-minutes with goals from Hugill and Keane leaving PNE in control. King got one back for Crewe but a late Brownhill goal made sure of a place in the second round.
Preston boss Grayson, whilst keen to win this tie, did make changes from the side that opened the Championship season with a draw against Middlesbrough on Sunday with Garner rested. Hugill (5) was given a chance and he took this within minutes as he scored a penalty won himself following a foul by Crewe 'keeper Garratt.
Hugill, who later missed another chance to make certain of the tie, might have added a second but his header was blocked but Man United loanee Keane (13) followed up to make it two-nil.
Crewe revived hopes of a comeback when King (36) scored before half time with the post denying Brownhill a goal from 25-yards in the second half that would have killed the tie with Cunningham also heading against the crossbar.
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PNE made sure of the win with four-minutes left with Brownhill (86) left with a simple chance to put the tie to bed.
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