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Ireland's Maguire and Browne combine to keep Preston's faint play-off hopes alive

It was a busy night of Championship action – with some joy for Irish players.

THE IRISH CONTINGENT were very much to the fore as Preston kept their faint play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Leeds United at Deepdale tonight.

magbr On fire: Sean Maguire and Alan Browne.

Sean Maguire’s stunning form continued as he headed the Lilywhites into a 2-1 lead on 52 minutes before Cork native Alan Browne — who was deservedly named Man of the Match — sealed the win in the closing stages.

Alex Neil’s side found themselves on the back foot after just 13 minutes, but Paul Gallagher struck a penalty to level matters before the Irish players closed the match out.

With four fixtures remaining and five points adrift of the play-off places, maximum points from tonight will come as a plus for Preston as they overturned recent disappointing results.

Meanwhile, David Meyler was on target for Hull City as he scored a penalty in their 5-0 win over Burton Albion.

On the contrary, Aiden McGeady missed a spot-kick as Norwich rescued a late 1-1 draw with his side, Sunderland.

And elsewhere in the Championship, there were wins for Ipswich — as Clare teenager Barry Cotter made his debut and Mick McCarthy stepped down after the game — QPR, Brentford, Fulham, Milwall, Bristol City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

Jack Grealish produced a spectacular volley to bag a late win for Villa and spark their promotion bid back to life.

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