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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 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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