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Bramall Lane (ATT 18,647) 15th March 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Preston North End Preston

Blades held by Preston

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 15/03/05 10:50pm

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Preston kept Sheffield United out the play-off positions with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.

The Blades were the better side for much of the contest but were made to pay by their Lancashire visitors.

Neil Warnock's side were almost ahead after four minutes, but Phil Jagielka's cross eluded Steve Kabba and Leigh Bromby in the middle.

David Nugent responded for the visitors by setting up Eddie Lewis, although the American winger fluffed his lines in front of goal.

United were ahead moments late when Jon Harley's inswinging corner reached Bromby who lashed the ball home from close range.

The Blades continued to create chances but were made to pay when Richard Cresswell superbly hooked the ball over his shoulder past the stranded Paddy Kenny.

Nugent came close to firing The Lilywhites ahead while Andy Gray should have done better after connecting with Rob Kozluk's effort.

The point moves Preston ahead of Derby in the table while The Blades are two points behind sixth placed Reading with a game in hand.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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