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Joe Garner gets praise as Preston North End win

29 March 2014

Preston assistant manager Glynn Snodin hailed the performance of match-winner Joe Garner after seeing his side keep alive their automatic promotion hopes against Crawley Town.

Garner's first-half header was enough to deliver victory as the Lilywhites won for only the second time in five League One games to narrow the gap on second-placed Brentford to five points.

Snodin insists Garner's success - his winning goal was his 18th of the current campaign - is down to his commitment and work rate.

"He deserves his success," said Snodin. "The kid has been magnificent, not only with his goals but also with his commitment and how hard he works.

"He must have won 20 headers by competing up there and creating for others as well. That's what it means to him.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve. He's enjoying his football, he's enjoying life and long may it continue.``

Snodin continued: "Every time there's an opportunity to capitalise on the likes of Brentford and Leyton Orient we'll be aiming to do so because it matters now.

"There are only six games left. It's not as if there are 12 or 15 games remaining, where we're hoping that we come-good in the next game.

"It counts now and long may it continue that other sides don't put their chances in the net."

There was little between the sides and Crawley, who have now lost their last three games, could have levelled after 30 minutes when Mike Jones shot straight at goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Reds boss John Gregory said: "They just got one chance and took it. It was hard work, the lads put in a huge amount of effort as they always do so I can't fault them. But our decision-making and the final pass could have been better.

"They seemed very content for settling for a 1-0 win and that is now three games for us without scoring which I am starting to get concerned about.

"We had good chances to get goals but they were not taken. We have always had a problem at Crawley, even before I came, of not creating enough chances in a game.

"Any football fan can see where we are not as good as we can be but we have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are in the league table.

"To have amassed the amounts we have is a tremendous effort by everybody but we have come unstuck in the last couple of games."

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