What the press made of the Lilywhites defeat…The Sentinel
PRESTON’s red-hot strike force were too much for Crewe to handle as the Alex shipped five on the road at Deepdale.
Joe Garner scored twice in either half, with Jermaine Beckford adding another, as Simon Grayson’s men finally ended their on-going curse against the Alex which had stretched five matches.
Crewe were seemingly out of the game as Joe Garner bagged twice for hosts inside the opening 25 minutes before scoring another two in the second period.
They were given a lifeline on 34 minutes when Ollie Turton halved the deficit, before Garner took the game away from Crewe in what was a frantic and open second half.
Marcus Haber thought he had brought Crewe level in the second period, but after it was chalked off for a shirt pull, it was tough going for the travelling Alex fans.
Crewe Alex were given a hiding by classy Preston as striker Joe Garner plundered four goals on Saturday.
The clinical forward had a field day against the Railwaymen, hitting a brace either side of the break, and Jermaine Beckford got the other.
Oliver Turton got the Alex consolation and Marcus Haber had a goal controversially ruled out, but in truth Steve Davis’s men were nowhere near the level of the promotion-chasers.
It ended Crewe’s five-match unbeaten run against the Lilywhites and cut their cushion from the drop zone to four points.
And with a daunting trip to League One leaders Bristol City to come on Tuesday, they still have a lot of work to do to avoid relegation.
Lancashire Evening Post
Four goal hero Joe Garner stole the show as Preston North End thumped Crewe Alexandra 5-1 at Deepdale.
Garner ensured PNE maintained their grip on second spot in the League One table by treating the home faithful to a striking master-class.
As PNE squandered several opportunities the clinical striker moved his tally to 20 with a low thunderbolt, a signature header, yet another wonder goal and a cheeky tap-in.