Baggies tighten grip on promotion place

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West Brom consolidated second place in the Coca-Cola Championship with a 3-2 win over Preston at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies got off to a flying start and found themselves two goals up inside nine minutes thanks to Ben Watson and Chris Brunt.

Preston got themselves back into the game when Sean St Ledger headed home after 15 minutes, but Graham Dorrans made it 3-1 soon after only for Neil Mellor to again reduce the arrears for North End shortly before the break.

Scott Carson made a fine save from former Baggies player Richard Chaplow and Watson, Gabriel Tamas and Ishmael Miller threatened strongly for the hosts in the second half, but it remained 3-2.

Third-placed Nottingham Forest kept up the pressure with a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Peterborough.

Rob Earnshaw netted his 13th goal of the season after 12 minutes to put Billy Davies' side in charge at the City Ground.

Chris Cohen struck a post from long range and Garath McCleary also went close as Forest remained the more likely team to score in the second half.

Play-off chasing Doncaster were pegged back by a late equaliser from South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.

James Hayter opened the scoring early on for Rovers to pile more away-day misery on the Blades, who had lost their previous six games in the league on their travels.

But Andy Taylor crossed for James Harper to fire home for United two minutes from time and earn a point.

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