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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 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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