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Deepdale (ATT 10,548) 19th October 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Hall

Preston Preston North End vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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Rangers pay the penalty

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 19/10/04 10:00pm

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QPR's seven-match winning sequence came to an end at Deepdale, where they were beaten 2-1 thanks to Richard Cresswell's late penalty for Preston.

Ian Holloway's side went to Lancashire searching for a club-record eighth successive win and got off to a flying start thanks to Georges Santos's early goal.

But David Healy soon equalised for North End, before referee Andy Hall took centre stage by awarding the home side two penalties in the space of three minutes.

Healy missed the first, but Cresswell made no mistake with the second to stretch Preston's unbeaten home run to five games since Billy Davies took charge.

Santos gave Rangers the lead after just eight minutes when he headed Lee Cook's cross beyond Andy Lonergan, but it was the big defender's mistake which led to Healy's equaliser three minutes later.

Santos allowed Lonergan's huge kick down field to bounce over his head and into the path of Healy, who lifted a shot over the advancing Chris Day.

Rangers almost restored their lead when Kevin McLeod, in for the injured Jamie Cureton, fired against the bar and top scorer Paul Furlong was unable to turn in the rebound.

Marcus Bignot's foul on Cresswell presented Preston with their first penalty four minutes after regular penalty-taker Graham Alexander had been substituted.

Healy took it, but Day guessed correctly and made a fine save. However, within a minute Gino Padula handled in the area and this time Cresswell beat the Rangers keeper from 12 yards.

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