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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 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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