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Deepdale (ATT 15,141) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

Preston Preston North End vs Cardiff City Cardiff

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Preston remain on course

By Peter ORourke.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 4:45pm

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Preston maintained their push for a play-off spot with a 3-0 victory over strugglers Cardiff thanks to two goals from teenager David Nugent.

The 19-year-old hit his sixth and seventh goals since his move from Bury in January and strike partner Richard Cresswell grabbed the third.

The home side began unconvincingly and Bluebirds defender Danny Gabbidon headed over a Richard Langley free-kick over from close range early on.

Nugent had the best chance for the home side in the first period but he could only fire over after Brian O'Neil had robbed Langley of possession.

Preston looked slightly livelier after the break as first Graham Alexander fired wide from distance before Nugent headed over from an Eddie Lewis cross.

Cresswell and Nugent both had efforts blocked and Chris Sedgwick saw his shot cleared off the line by Gabbidon as Cardiff's rearguard continued to hold firm.

Lewis then almost broke the deadlock just after the hour mark but Neil Alexander was equal to his thunderous shot and Cresswell was unable to hit the target with the follow-up.

But Billy Davies' side finally went ahead when Cresswell's cross fell to Nugent and the youngster crashed home his shot into the top corner.

Cresswell was again the provider after 79 minutes when he fed Nugent, who guided the ball inside the right post.

Preston added a third when Cresswell robbed Chris Barker and coolly slotted the ball inside the near post to leave Cardiff just above the drop zone in 21st place.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 12 24
2 Derby County 12 23
3 Middlesbrough 12 23
4 Norwich City 12 21
5 Nottingham Forest 12 21
6 Ipswich Town 12 20
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 20
8 Charlton Athletic 12 19
9 Bournemouth 12 18
10 Brentford 12 18
11 Sheffield Wednesday 12 17
12 Cardiff City 12 16
13 Blackburn Rovers 12 16
14 Leeds United 12 15
15 Rotherham United 12 15
16 Reading 12 15
17 Huddersfield Town 12 15
18 Millwall 12 13
19 Wigan Athletic 12 11
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 11
21 Birmingham City 12 11
22 Fulham 12 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
24 Blackpool 12 6

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