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Selhurst Park (ATT 17,291) 24th September 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

C Palace Crystal Palace vs Preston North End Preston

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Morrison rescues Palace

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 24/09/05 7:27pm

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Clinton Morrison's late strike broke nine-man Preston's hearts by grabbing a point for Crystal Palace.

Chris Lucketti had given North End the lead just before half time at Selhurst Park, but they then saw Claude Davis and Danny Dichio sent off in the second half.

With their fourth win in five Championship away games looming, Preston were denied all three points when Morrison struck just second before the final whistle.

Lucketti had earlier given Billy Davies' men the lead two minutes before the interval when Gabor Kiraly had failed to get hold of Paul McKenna's corner and Lucketti's header went over the line despite Ben Watson's best efforts.

Dichio saw red on 63 minutes when referee Steve Tanner adjudged that he had used an arm on Morrison in a melee around the Preston box.

Centre half Davis followed Dichio just six minutes for a high challenge on substitute Dougie Freedman, later leaving nine-man Preston to battle out the final 21 minutes.

The visitors held out and it looked like they would gain a hard-fought three points until Morrison, who had wasted a number of chances, tucked away Darren Ward's header in the dying seconds.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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