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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

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 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 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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