2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Alan Browne (52')
  • John Welsh (59')
  • Hélder Costa (61')

Preston North End 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ten-man Preston extended their unbeaten run to six Championship games as they held on to seal a 1-1 draw against runaway leaders Wolves.
Helder Costa grabbed a second-half equaliser for Wolves almost immediately after John Welsh was dismissed for a second yellow card, Alan Browne having put the hosts ahead just after the break.
A draw ended Wolves' run of three successive victories as their lead at the top was trimmed to 11 points while the in-form Lilywhites remain just outside the play-off spots.
The first chance of the game went to the Championship leaders after 25 minutes when Ivan Cavaleiro was slipped through by Ryan Bennett but blasted high over the bar with his left foot from eight yards.
Preston broke on the counter a couple of minutes later and Callum Robinson jinked inside from the left touchline before curling a right-footed strike just over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side were dominating possession, with most of the play inside the Preston half. And Wolves almost went ahead on the half hour mark through Ruben Neves, whose first-time volley from 20 yards flashed just over the bar.
Preston knew that a win could move them inside the play-off places and they started the second half brightly. Browne drove into the area after 48 minutes and fired a right-footed effort which was superbly tipped onto the post by John Ruddy.
And Darnell Fisher threatened on 51 minutes as he lashed towards goal at the far post and his effort was deflected over the bar.
But Preston had the lead a minute later from the resulting corner. Robinson delivered the ball from the left-hand side to the far post where Browne rose highest to nod in from three yards.
After that, it all began to unravel for Alex Neil's side. First they were reduced to 10 men on 59 minutes as Welsh received a second yellow card for a cynical pull-back on Cavaleiro.
It took just two minutes for Wolves to make their numerical advantage count as Cavaleiro launched a surging run through the middle before slipping in Costa who slotted past Declan Rudd from eight yards.
Preston though coped pretty well defensively after conceding the equaliser, with Neves' ambitious strike from 35 yards that dipped just over the crossbar the closest Wolves came to snatching a winner.
Rudd twice denied Wolves that winner with five minutes remaining, getting out quickly to smother Benik Afobe's effort before palming away Neves' 25-yard strike.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +36 82
2 Cardiff City 37 +27 76
3 Fulham 38 +25 69
4 Aston Villa 38 +24 69
5 Derby County 37 +21 62
6 Middlesbrough 38 +18 62
7 Bristol City 38 +12 61
8 Preston North End 38 +11 60
9 Sheffield United 38 +8 60
10 Millwall 38 +9 58
11 Brentford 38 +8 54
12 Ipswich Town 38 -1 52
13 Norwich City 38 -3 52
14 Leeds United 38 -3 50
15 Queens Park Rangers 38 -10 47
16 Nottingham Forest 38 -11 46
17 Sheffield Wednesday 38 -11 41
18 Hull City 38 -6 39
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 -23 39
20 Reading 38 -13 36
21 Barnsley 38 -19 33
22 Birmingham City 38 -29 33
23 Burton Albion 38 -40 30
24 Sunderland 38 -30 28

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