After losing 3-1 at home to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, Preston needed some good news ahead of the visit of Derby County – and they received massive boosts tonight.

North End finally dropped out of the top six on Saturday, having taken just one point from their last five outings.

The playoff dream seems to be slipping through Preston’s hands, but other results have yet again given Preston hope of getting back involved.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 30: Freddie Woodman of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Swansea City at the Den on June 30, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Millwall and Swansea City played out a 1-1 draw this evening, meaning neither side were able to take advantage of playing early. A win for either would have taken them above Preston, but they missed out.

Blackburn Rovers – one point behind North End – fell to a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley, in which Ben Brereton was sent off. That’s two defeats in a row for Rovers, who haven’t taken advantage of Preston’s slip-ups.

Cardiff couldn’t open up a six-point gap over Preston, drawing 0-0 at home with relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic. They are four points clear of North End, but Preston can cut that to one point tomorrow.

CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 30: Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City FC in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium on June 30, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

As far as a set of results go, this was pretty much ideal for Preston. Alex Neil’s men still sit seventh, and can pull three points clear of Derby with a win on Wednesday.

It won’t be an easy game against Wayne Rooney and co, but after a night of positive results, Preston have to try and seize the initiative again in the playoff race.

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