Alex Neil's side have now lost just once in their last 13 league games.

Result: Preston cruise to Huddersfield win to remain second in Championship

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Preston cruised to a dominant 3–1 win at home to Huddersfield to remain second in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Alex Neil's side have now lost just once in their last 13 league games, as goals from Jayden Stockley, Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run.

Huddersfield struggled to live with the attacking force of the hosts for the majority of the game, as Danny Cowley's side saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end in wet conditions in Lancashire.

The hosts were in confident mood from kick off and Stockley handed them a deserved lead after just four minutes at Deepdale.

The former Exeter striker reacted quickest inside the six-yard box, as Gallagher's free kick came back off the post, to nod past Kamil Grabara.

Neil's side pushed on from there in search of a quick second goal, with Sean Maguire heading two chances wide and Stockley dragging close range effort off target.

However, they were not left waiting long, as Browne doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break.

The Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to fire home Tom Barkhuizen's cross from a tight angle for his first goal of the season.

Barkhuizen was then inches away from putting the game out of Huddersfield's reach just before the half-time whistle, as he headed Stockley's flick on wide of the post.

Preston picked up where they left off after the restart with Browne heading Darnell Fisher's cross just wide.

But they only had to wait five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed, as Gallagher confidently fired home from the penalty spot, following a handball by Terence Kongolo.

The Lilywhites were in no mood for slowing down, showing their confidence as Browne tested Grabara with a 25-yard drive just after the hour mark.

However, despite struggling to create anything in the Preston half in the first hour of the game, Huddersfield did muster a response in the closing stages.

Juninho Bacuna showed real power to burst through two Preston tackles in midfield and with the hosts' defence backing off, he powered an effort home from the edge of the box on 74 minutes.

Browne was then called into emergency action inside his own box to make a sliding block from Alex Pritchard, before Bacuna wasted a great chance from 15 yards, with eight minutes to go.

And with the away fans finally finding their voice as the clock ticked down towards full time, Cowley's side almost set up a tense finale.

Pritchard pounced on a loose pass from Ryan Ledson on the edge of the Preston box and fed Bacuna clean through inside the area, but Preston keeper Declan Rudd did well to keep his concentration and rush off his line to make a brave stop.

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Result: Preston cruise to Huddersfield win to remain second in Championship

Result: Patrick Bamford back on scoresheet as Leeds defeat Blackburn

Leeds remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion after a hard-earned 2-1 win at home to Blackburn.

However, their fans were again made to sweat for the points, despite having led 2-0.

Patrick Bamford ended his long goal drought to open the scoring from the spot before teeing up Jack Harrison for the second shortly after.

Despite Derrick Williams notching for Rovers, Leeds held on to remain third and stay just two points behind leaders West Brom.

Stuart Dallas registered the game's first effort although his attempt was well off target after being put in down the left flank.

Despite both sides stringing together some neat exchanges, both were also heavily guilty of giving away possession too cheaply.

Northern Ireland international Dallas then fashioned another chance on 23 minutes when he latched onto a ball and continued his central run before firing over the Blackburn crossbar.

The game sprang into life just before the half-hour when Leeds were awarded a penalty after Luke Ayling's sprint into the area was halted by Blackburn defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Bamford stepped up to take the spot-kick and would have felt a sense of relief as he coolly slotted home to not only put the hosts in front, but also end a barren personal 10-game spell without a goal.

And it got even better for the hosts when Bamford played his part in a superb second goal just a few moments later.

The forward latched the ball out of the air, controlled it and laid it into the path of Harrison, whose stroked effort went in off a post.

The feelgood factor around Elland Road evaporated slightly just before half-time when Stewart Downing's corner was met with a planted header from Williams, who halved the deficit.

Harrison produced the first chance of the second half when he was played in down the left-hand side of the Blackburn box but could only blaze his shot over.

Harrison was in the thick of the action and saw two shots blocked by a dogged away defence just after the hour mark as Leeds upped the ante in search of a third.

A Leeds corner on 74 minutes almost saw them squeeze in another but an almighty scramble allowed Blackburn to somehow clear their lines.

Blackburn were still in the game but goalscorer Williams fired off target after good work from Bradley Dack in a rare second-half effort from them.

Leeds could have sealed the win with a classy third from a quick counter-attack but again Harrison was off target.

Given Leeds' habit of failing to kill off teams at home, the majority of the crowd were understandably cautious at such a slender advantage but the hosts just managed to hold on for another precious win.

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Result: Britt Assombalonga scores twice for struggling Boro in QPR draw

Britt Assombalonga scored twice for struggling Middlesbrough as they drew 2-2 at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship.

Boro were staring at another defeat before Nahki Wells' appalling back-pass went straight to Assombalonga, who capitalised by calmly lifting the ball over keeper Joe Lumley.

Wells' ninth goal of the season had brought Rangers level just after they had fallen behind to Assombalonga's first, and an own goal by Jonny Howson a minute before half-time meant the hosts led at the interval.

After keeper Darren Randolph pushed out Grant Hall's header, the ball bounced off the unfortunate Howson and into the net.

That seemed to sum up what has been a miserable season for Jonathan Woodgate's Boro side so far – but they left with a point courtesy of Assombalonga's 69th-minute equaliser.

Boro, now without a win in nine games and having not scored in their previous four, were the better side early on and went ahead through Assombalonga's 23rd-minute opener.

Howson went past Ryan Manning and crossed from the right towards Assombalonga, who got in front of Hall to head beyond Lumley.

Manning made amends by helping to set up a goal just two minutes later.

Manning played the ball in to Ilias Chair, whose flick to Wells left the striker with time and space to pick his spot and calmly equalise – despite Boro's protests for offside.

Earlier the flag did go up – seemingly for offside – when the visitors thought they had gone ahead after Daniel Ayala headed in Marvin Johnson's right-wing cross in only the second minute.

QPR, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, continued to look vulnerable and Lee Wallace, making his home debut, denied Assombalonga with a last-ditch tackle shortly before another Johnson cross was headed straight at Lumley by Marcus Tavernier.

It therefore came as no surprise when Boro opened the scoring.

However, Rangers hit back almost immediately and then would have gone ahead had Randolph not produced a fine save by diving to his left to keep out Hall's header from Ebere Eze's free-kick.

Another Hall header, this time from Eze's corner, led to Rangers going in front, but Wells' appalling lapse and some heroic work by Randolph means they are now without a win in four matches.

Randolph produced excellent saves to deny Hall, Wells and Eze in the closing stages and Rangers substitute Jordan Hugill – playing against his hometown club – headed wide of the target.

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