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Deepdale (ATT 13,691) 5th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Booth

Preston Preston North End vs Coventry City Coventry

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Preston move into top six

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 05/02/05 5:45pm

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Preston North End moved back into the play-off places with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over struggling Coventry City at Deepdale.

Micky Adams' side took an early lead through Claus Jorgensen, but goals from Graham Alexander, Richard Cresswell and Chris Lucketti put Preston in command before Gary McSheffrey's strike forced them to hold on.

Coventry were ahead after 14 minutes when Jorgensen headed in Michael Doyle's cross from the left, but Preston quickly drew level when Alexander fired in from the penalty spot after Adie Williams tripped Matthew Hill.

Almost immediately North End moved ahead as Cresswell brilliantly converted Eddie Lewis' cross and Coventry were restricted to long range shots from Richard Duffy and Jorgensen as they tried to get back into the game.

Preston extended their advantage less than a minute after the interval, Chris Sedgwick curling a free kick into the area for Lucketti to head past Luke Steele.

Coventry gave themselves hope when Jorgensen's corner was turned in by McSheffrey but they missed their only chance to equalise when Graham Barrett headed wide from Stephen Hughes' corner.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Brentford 18 31
5 Ipswich Town 17 30
6 Watford 17 29
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Cardiff City 18 26
12 Nottingham Forest 17 25
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 18 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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