Preston boss Graham Westley was delighted after his side had snatched three hard-earned points in a 3-1 win at Doncaster with another impressive display.

Preston took the lead in a first half played at break-neck pace when right-back Jack King headed home unmarked following a corner from Joel Byrom. Rovers equalised on the stroke of half-time when Byrom had the misfortune to deflect a powerfully struck free-kick from David Cotterill into the roof of the net.

But there was no stopping Preston in the second half when they netted again from another set-piece with right-back Scott Laird heading home at the near post from Byrom's corner kick. Striker Stuart Beavon sealed the issue in the 72nd minute when he broke away on the counter-attack to slam a fine shot into the back of the net from 20 yards.

Westley said: "It's a step forward for us because they are a tough side to beat at home. We've had to work hard to develop our game away from home and this was a very professional performance.''

He added: "It was pleasing to score twice from set-pieces because that's what we work hard on in training. We deservedly went ahead, but then for 15 minutes we took our foot off the gas and let them back into the game.

"There was too much complacency and show-boating - and we got punished. But we learned our lesson in the second half and I thought we defended intelligently while always looking a threat going forward.

"It was a well-deserved and convincing win and the fans can see that the players are playing with a bit of pride. Now it's important to keep on winning.''

Disappointed Doncaster boss Dean Saunders said: "It was a bad day at the office - two corner kicks have done for us. You can play all the football you like, but if you can't defend at set-pieces you won't win games.

"A couple of players failed to do their marking jobs correctly and it's cost us because we created enough chances to win the game. The second and third goals killed us because we were on top in the second half although we didn't score.

"They got blocks in when they had to and we didn't take our chances. They didn't really have a chance in open play apart from the third goal and we just have to defend better."