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Preston 2-1 Oldham: Match Report
Preston 2-1 Oldham: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Davies keeps North End streak alive
Kevin Davies' first Preston goal proved vital as they held off Oldham at Deepdale to claim a 2-1 win and maintain their unbeaten start to the League One season.
Davies' penalty in addition to Stuart Beavon's fortuitous first-half opener put the hosts two goals to the good before James Tarkowski's late header for Latics ensured a frantic finish.
Beavon opened the scoring after he unknowingly deflected a Joel Byrom free-kick past the helpless visiting goalkeeper Mark Oxley to make it 1-0 to the hosts on 14 minutes.
Oldham ought to have levelled through Joseph Mills' 18-yard drive, before Tarkowski's header was saved by man of the match Declan Rudd and Adam Rooney's follow-up appeared to be handled on the line by David Buchanan.
Sidney Schmeltz again tested Rudd with a stinging drive, but Davies converted a penalty after being hauled down by James Wesolowski to put the hosts flatteringly 2-0 in front seven minutes before the interval.
After the break Scott Laird and Davies went close as Preston looked for a killer third.
However, Oldham still looked a threat going forward and Tarkowski's 83rd-minute header set up a nervy finish but Simon Grayson's side held on to take all three points.
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