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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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