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Preston outplayed Cardiff at Deepdale, as the Bluebirds lost their unbeaten record this season and their place at the top of the table.

Preston started brightly, with Sean Maguire testing Neil Etheridge. Next to test Etheridge in goal was Jordan Hugill, with Maguire’s rebound being blocked by Joe Bennett’s well-timed challenge.

From the resulting corner, Ben Davies headed narrowly wide. The only time City came anywhere near scoring was when it was 0-0, with Joe Ralls’ shot deflected just wide of the post.

In the 38th minute, Preston took the lead through Josh Harrop. They were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Harris stepped up, curling low into the bottom right corner. It was his first goal since his summer move from Manchester United.

Maguire could’ve doubled the lead before half-time, but his header was straight at Etheridge. Preston could’ve scored early on in he second half, with Darnell Fisher forcing Etheridge into a save.

With City struggling, Neil Warnock made a double substitution, bringing on Lee Tomlin and Liam Feeney for Loic Damour and Junior Hoilett.

But, Preston doubled their lead in the 70th minute through Maguire. Tom Barkhuizen played in Maguire, who finished from a tight angle.

Cardiff huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a way past a defence which has only conceded two this campaign. In the 78th minute, Alan Browne finished it off, as he lobbed Etheridge, who was off his line. But, Etheridge got a touch on the ball and should’ve stopped it.

The scoreline was the same scoreline as last season, when they suffered the same fate under Paul Trollope.

With Leeds winning against Birmingham, they replace Cardiff at the top of the table, while Preston rise to fifth.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a home game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, the 16 September. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.

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