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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
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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