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Boleyn Ground (ATT 26,442) 5th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

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Irons blow up against PNE

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 05/03/05 2:47pm

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Preston underlined their play-off credentials with a fine 2-1 win against West Ham at Upton Park.

A crucial error from goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and Tomas Repka's sending off gifted Preston a crucial win, and left the West Ham crowd baying for blood.

David Nugent had opened the scoring, and substitute Patrick Agyemang sealed victory before Bobby Zamora's late consolation.

In truth, The Irons can have very little complaint at the scoreline after once against flattering to deceive.

Chris Sedgewick had been relived when Chris Day stopped him putting through his own net before Bywater's howler gifted North End the opener.

Bywater miscontrolled a through ball, was robbed by Nugent and could only watch as the ball was tapped into the empty net.

Bywater did his best to make amends, and saved well from Sedgwick, but Repka became the second Championship player in 24 hours to see read for a head-butt when he clashed with Brian O'Neil.

With numerical advantage showing, Nugent had an effort ruled out for offside and allowed Bywater to save another good effort despite going past the keeper once. However substitute Agyemang grabbed the crucial second with his first major contribution firing low past Bywater after making his own space in the box.

Zamora did strike late on, volleying home Marlon Harewood's fine cross, but it was too little, too late for West Ham.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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