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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 19,649) 19th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Watford Watford vs Preston North End Preston

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Preston stay on course

By Planetfootball Staff.   Last Updated: 19/03/05 6:45pm

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Preston's play-off campaign remained on course with a fine 2-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Watford were well beaten by a Preston side that are gathering momentum, with David Nugent and Paul McKenna both on target for the visitors.

The Hornets are battling to stay clear of the relegation dogfight, and the differing levels of confidence were there for all to see as Gavin Mahon's shot was blocked and Chris Lucketti headed over for North End.

Richard Cresswell hit the woodwork with a volley from McKenna's quickly taken free-kick as the visitors turned up the heat on their hosts.

Cresswell should have done better with another volley, and Eddie Lewis should have scored after good work from Nugent, but it was the second half that brought the goals for Preston.

On the hour mark, Nugent benefited from Brian O'Neil's tenacity to slot home from close range and break the deadlock.

Eleven minutes later and Preston made sure of the points when Alexander's free-kick was lashed home superbly from the edge of the area by McKenna.

Heidar Helguson, in profligate mood, missed a chance late on - but Preston were good value for their win.

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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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