Half-TimePreston North End2: 0West Ham
UnitedFull -TimePreston North End2: 1West Ham
UnitedGoal ScorersPreston North EndWest Ham
UnitedEddie Lewis 9
Brian O`Neil 45
Nigel Reo-Coker 50
Match NotesReferee:KayeVenue:DeepdaleAttendance:13,451Kick-Off Time:15:00
SubsitutionsPreston North EndWest Ham United 70 Dickson Etuhu
70 Brian O`Neil
81 Filipe Oliveira
81 Patrick Agyemang
89 Graham Alexander
89 Chris Sedgwick
45 Nigel Reo-Coker
45 Luke Chadwick
80 Sergei Rebrov
80 Darren Powell
CautionsPreston North EndWest Ham UnitedChris Sedgwick
Goals from Eddie Lewis and Brian O'Neil gave the home side the lead going into half time. Nigel Reo-Coker got The Irons back into the game, but Preston's defence stood firm and the hosts took the points.
Richard Cresswell had brought a save from Stephen Bywater, but the West Ham defence did not clear their lines fully and Lewis smashed home from 25 yards out for the opener.
Marlon Harewood could have levelled, but for a fine save from Andy Lonergan, back in the side after injury.
Bywater was forced into a good save to deny Lewis a second long-range goal, but could do nothing when Tomas Repka gave the ball away and O'Neil thrashed it home.
Reo-Coker was brought on at the break, and he had an immediate impact when he converted Repka's low cross.
Lewis had clearly worn his shooting boots, and he hit the bar with another effort from range, with Bywater saving well to deny Chris Sedgwick from the follow-up.
Harewood wasted a fine chance to level, but Preston's defence stood firm and Richard Cresswell could have made the victory more emphatic in the final minutes.Preston North End Starting XI 1.Lonergan, Andy 15.Mawene, Youl 5. Davidson, Callum 20.Lucketti, Chris 22. Davis, Claude 17.Lewis, Eddie 16. McKenna, Paul 3.O`Neil, Brian 11. Sedgwick, Chris 25.Cresswell, Richard 9. Agyemang, Patrick Substitutes 12.Ward, Gavin 4. Etuhu, Dickson 2.Alexander, Graham 19. Oliveira, Filipe 29.O`Neill, JoeWest Ham United Starting XI 1.Bywater, Stephen 2.Repka, Tomas 34. Powell, Chris 15.Ferdinand, Anton 19. Powell, Darren 11.Lomas, Steve 6. Fletcher, Carl 30.Chadwick, Luke 12. Etherington, Matthew 8.Sheringham, Teddy 10. Harewood, Marlon Substitutes 41.Burch, Rob 17. Mullins, Hayden 20.Reo-Coker, Nigel 16. Rebrov, Sergei 25.Zamora, Bobby