Preston's poor form continued with a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest thanks to Rob Earnshaw's double last night, but they remain in fourth place in the Championship.
Earnshaw headed home in the 58th minute, but the lead lasted just five minutes with Jon Parkin volleying the visitors level. Forest soon regained the lead when Earnshaw took advantage of a mix-up between Preston keeper Andy Lonergan and defender Simon Davies to grab his second.
Cardiff drew level on points with the Lilywhites after a 3-1 home win over 10-man Barnsley with goals from Joe Ledley, Michael Chopra and Peter Whittingham.
Chris Porter marked his full home debut with his first goals for Derby, but the Rams squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Swansea. Angel Rangel pulled one back and Swansea then levelled through Gorka Pintado with three minutes to go.Reuse content