Preston North End 1 Burnley 2: Clarets keep up their chase for the play-offs

VICTORY left Burnley four points off the play-offs with two games in hand as defeat left Preston 11 points from safety..

Jack Cork headed home an 84th-minute winner after Jay Rodriguez had cancelled out Barry Nicholson’s opener for the hosts.

Clarets chief Eddie Howe said: “I’m absolutely delighted. This was always going to be a tough game, it was never going to be pretty but we did the nasty bits right.It was a really professional performance and I thought the two centre-halves were fantastic.

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“We showed really good character to come from behind and it’s another performance that really pleases me. The second goal was a really good move, a fantastic ball from Wade Elliot and Jack Cork attacked it where boots were flying.

Preston North End: Turner, Gray, Morgan, St Ledger, Jones, Coutts (Hume 61), Ashbee, Nicholson, Clarke (Johnson 69), Ellington, Treacy (Carter 82). Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Hayes, Parry, Wright.

Burnley: Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Fox, Eagles (Alexander 88), Cork, Marney, Wallace (Elliott 69), Rodriguez, Iwelumo (Austin 81). Unused substitutes: Jensen, Bartley, Bikey, Thompson.

Referee: H Webb (S Yorkshire).

Man of the match: Clarke Carlisle.