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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 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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