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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 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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