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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 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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