Sport Djamel Abdoun of Nottingham Forest, centre, takes on Paul Gallagher, left, and David Buchanan of Preston North End

Nottingham Forest may have swept aside Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered West Ham to claim a Premier League scalp in the third round but Preston of League One proved an altogether tougher nut to crack in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round tie her.

Ferguson is still lacking despite dad's handouts

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Ferguson joins battle to capture Smalling

United see young £7m defender courted by Arsenal as answer to back problems

Magic of the Cup starts to rub off on Ancelotti

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Ferguson Jr out to prove he has the family steel

Both Preston and their new manager are keen to impress at home to Chelsea today

All change for Blues as Ancelotti focuses on title race

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Family ties heap pressure on new Preston manager

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Coyle waits for Bolton to seal deal

Burnley place manager on leave as clubs negotiate level of compensation

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I have proved myself as a playmaker, says Anelka

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Ferguson to be unveiled as Preston's new manager

Darren Ferguson will be appointed manager of Preston North End this week after successful talks with the Championship side's board at the weekend. The Scot, who left Peterborough United by mutual consent in November, arrives at Deepdale as a replacement for fellow countryman Alan Irvine, who was sacked last week.

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