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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 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 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 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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