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Deepdale (ATT 13,005) 8th January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Laws

Preston Preston North End vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom

Earnshaw sinks Lilywhites

By Adam Marshall.   Last Updated: 08/01/05 2:06pm

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Robert Earnshaw's late double ensured West Brom progressed at the expense of Preston and handed Bryan Robson his first win as Baggies boss.

Despite being predicted to struggle by many, West Brom were worthy winners although they didn't look like forcing a breakthrough until Earnshaw intervened.

North End's Youl Mawene nearly opened the scoring, but at the wrong end, when he looped a header on to the roof of his own net with goalkeeper Andy Lonergan stranded.

Rob Hulse, who came on as a substitute for the injured Geoff Horsfield, wasted the best chance of the first period when he headed wide a Martin Albrechtsen cross from the right.

Earnshaw had the ball in the net ten minutes after the interval, but was adjudged offside.

However, the Wales international was not to be denied and broke the deadlock with just 14 minutes remaining.

The diminutive striker deftly converted substitute's Jason Koumas' cross with a neat near-post finish.

Victory was confirmed seven minutes later when Earnshaw latched on to a long clearance from keeper Russell Hoult and coolly lobbed the advancing Lonergan to double the visitors' money.

Team NamePreston North EndWest Bromwich Albion
Possession46%54%
Goals02
Shots On Target14
Shots Off Target53
Blocked Shots01
Corners37
Fouls Conceded1815
Offsides12
Yellow Cards03
Red Cards00

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