Preston Remain In Play Off Race

Alex Neil took Preston to Loftus Road where they faced QPR who were nestling in midtable. Maguire was left out due to a tight hamstring with Robinson given the opportunity to play as the lone strike.

There are many twists and turns at this time of the season as Preston's team and fans are finding out. They were almost put out of the play off race ten days ago after a dreadful Easter and every game now has even more intensity.

Preston were a goal down early in the game as Matt Smith managed to convert from a set piece for the home side. Whilst performances go out of the window at this time of the season Preston do need to tighten up at set pieces.

Just before half time Preston were back in the game when Bodin played in Fisher inside the box on the right hand side. The full back crossed for the unmarked Robinson who couldn't miss and equalised.

Preston went on to win the game in the second half. There is an argument over who got the final touch with Browne and Robinson both being accredited with the second goal.

The result was important for Preston who now sit three points off the top six in eight place with three games remaining. The sides directly above Preston have difficult fixtures this weekend with Millwall facing promotion chasing Fulham whilst Derby and Middlesbrough play each other.

If North End win the last three remaining games then it would seem likely that they would finish in the top six due to the fixtures facing the teams directly above them. Having said that Preston have no easy ride themselves with a trip to Sheffield United and struggling Burton at home after this weekend's game at home to Norwich.