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Preston fightback leaves Leeds stunned

Darren Ferguson described Preston's astonishing comeback to beat Leeds 6-4 at Elland Road as the most amazing match of his career.

With the home side 4-1 up in the 39th minute and seemingly cruising, North End's chances of claiming a second successive away win seemed bleak.

However, Jon Parkin completed a wonderful hat-trick which, along with goals from Keith Treacy, Callum Davidson and Iain Hume, sealed a remarkable turnaround, much to the delight of their flabbergasted boss.

"I have never been involved in such an amazing game," he said.

Burnley boss Brian Laws declared Brian Jensen's fourth consecutive clean sheet as the most pleasing aspect of Burnley's 4-0 rout of Hull.

QPR and Cardiff were both held to goalless home draws against Millwall and Crystal Palace respectively.

That allowed third-placed Norwich to make ground at the top as they won 4-3 against 10-man Leicester, thanks in part to a brace from Dubliner Wes Hoolahan.

Swansea held on for a 3-2 win at Watford after leading 3-0, while Portsmouth moved out of the drop zone with a 3-1 win over Bristol City.

Simon Church struck an 88th-minute winner as Reading and Ipswich both finished with 10 men.

A Kris Commons double helped Derby come beat Middlesbrough 3-1, Coventry beat Doncaster 2-1 and Barnsley drew 0-0 at Scunthorpe.


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