"It's a great achievement to get in," said their match-winner, Jason Jarrett. "Now we have to kick on and finish the job."
Billy Davies, the Preston manager, sensed a "job done" mood among his players after Wolves could only draw on Friday - a feeling underlined when Matty Fryatt needed only nine seconds to open the scoring. It was the fastest goal in Leicester City's history but Simon Whaley struck a fine equaliser and Jarrett headed home just the other side of half-time.
Goals: Fryatt (1) 1-0; Whaley (45) 1-1; Jarrett (49) 1-2.
Leicester City (4-4-2): Henderson; Maybury (O'Grady, 78), Kisnorbo, Gerrbrand, Johansson; Hughes (Sylla, 71), Gudjonsson, Williams, Welsh; Fryatt, Hume. Substitutes not used: Douglas (gk), Stearman, Brevett.
Preston North End (4-4-2): Nash; Mears, Mawene, Davis, Alexander; Sedgwick (Stock, 81), Whaley, Jarrett, McKenna; Agyemang (Neal, 74), Ormerod (Dichio, 67). Substitutes not used: Ward (gk), Wilson.
Referee: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).
Booked: Preston North End Mears, Ormerod, Jarrett, Neal, Stock.
Man of the match: Davis.
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