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Deepdale (ATT 16,296) 12th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Mariner

Preston Preston North End vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

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Wolves grab Preston point

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 12/03/05 5:15pm

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Preston North End missed the chance to move into fourth after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wolves at Deepdale.

Preston went ahead through Richard Cresswell after just three minutes but Jody Craddock levelled from close range.

Graham Alexander deservedly restored the lead in the second half as he fired home a penalty, but the home side went to sleep and allowed Wolves to come back into the game and level with Seol Ki-hyeon (pictured) firing home.

Preston had the better of the opening period and went ahead after just three minutes when Cresswell headed home from Eddie Lewis's nice cross.

Wolves came forward looking for an immediate response and almost got one when Youl Mawene's sliced clearance flew just wide of Chris Day's post.

However, just five minutes later and Wolves were level as Craddock met a Lee Naylor cross at the back post to level matters.

Preston should have gone back ahead before the interval and had a number of good chances.

Chris Sedgwick saw his 25-yard drive palmed wide by Michael Oakes.

Cresswell and Lewis then saw efforts fly just wide of Oakes's post as Preston continued to press.

Into the second half and Preston again continued to press the Wolves goal and they were desperately unlucky not to go ahead five minutes after the re-start.

David Nugent fired a 30-yard effort at goal and it bounced back off the post, then from the rebound Oakes got down well to push away Cresswell's follow-up.

Nugent then fired over the bar after cutting in from the left when he should have at least hit the target.

Preston's pressure, though, did finally result in a goal and it came from the penalty spot as Joleon Lescott tripped the lively Lewis and Alexander made no mistake from 12 yards.

The home side continued to press and Nugent again went close, but Oakes was there to tip wide. The Wolves keeper repeated the feat moments later when he saved low down to his right - again from the former Bury front man.

Against the run of play, Wolves could and should have levelled matters. Korean star Seol broke down the right and once he reached the area, squared for Kenny Miller - he controlled and with the goal at his mercy hammered the shot across the bar and Preston cleared.

Suddenly Wolves realised they could get something from the game and they were beginning to assert themselves.

Miller came close as he hooked over from close range, while Carl Cort fired over when he should have done better.

Then, just as with Preston, the leveller deservedly came after a bout of sustained pressure. It was a great finish as Seol jinked his way past a couple of challenges on the edge of the area before firing into the corner and giving Day no chance.

Preston then tried in vain to find another, but they could not find a way through as Wolves held firm for a slightly fortunate point - their 11th since Glenn Hoddle took charge 15 games ago.

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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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