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Deepdale (ATT 13,451) 18th December 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Kaye

Preston Preston North End vs West Ham United West Ham

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PNE get back on track

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 18/12/04 6:30pm

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Preston got their season back on track with a fine 2-1 win against West Ham.

North End's fans have suffered two successive derby defeats to Wigan and Burnley, so a win was vital for morale - and goals from Eddie Lewis and Brian O'Neil gave them a fine 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.

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2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
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5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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