Preston North End recorded their first win back in the Championship against MK Dons at stadium:mk.
North End were reduced to ten men in the latter stages of the match, substitute Jordan Hugill being dismissed four minutes after coming on for stamping on Kyle McFadzean.
Paul Gallagher scored the only goal of the match inside 28 minutes, receiving a pass from Joe Garner before slotting it past keeper David Martin.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson said: “Any manager whose team takes four points and keeps two clean sheets is going to be pleased.”
Two minutes gone, Tom Clarke missed a chance to grab an early lead for North End as he couldn’t direct his header towards goal following Gallagher’s free-kick.
During a period of ascendancy for the hosts, striker Sam Gallagher did well to work some space but he dragged his shot wide of the goal.
Dean Lewington spurned another chance for The Dons when he struck a free-kick clear of the cross bar after Paul Huntington had fouled Gallagher.
Just under 20 minutes gone at stadium:mk and Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to deny a header from Carl Baker.
25 minutes played and Daniel Johnson almost found the opener, guiding a shot from the edge of the box just past the far post.
Three minutes later and Gallagher broke the deadlock, taking a nice pass from Joe Garner, before skipping past Antony kay and curling a right-footed effort past Martin.
Less than five minutes after the Lilywhites had gone ahead and Johnson went close to doubling their lead, striking an effort narrowly wide on the edge of the box.
In the 51st minute, Garner evaded his marker but couldn’t direct Gallagher’s corner on target, his header looping over the bar.
As the match passed the hour-mark, Gallagher played a neat pass over the top of the home defence, before Will Keane struck a low shot wide of the back post.
74 minutes played and Garner was presented with a shooting opportunity but fluffed his lines, firing high and wide from 25 yards.
84 minutes gone and Hugill was sent off just four minutes after replacing Keane, referee Andrew Madley dismissing the striker for a stamp on McFadzean who was on the floor.
Hugill had just conceded a free-kick on the half-way line before putting his foot on the MK Dons and although it was not the hardest stamp the intent was evident.
MK Dons: Martin, Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington, Baker (Church 77), Potter, Carruthers (Benavante 67), Reeves, Bowditch (Jennings 77), Gallagher. Unused subs: Hodson, Walsh, Aguza, Cropper.
PNE: Pickford, Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Cunningham, Humphrey (Woods 88), Welsh, Johnson, Gallagher (Browne 77), Keane (Hugill 80), Garner. Unused subs: Kilkenny, Davies, Brownhill, Kirkland.
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)