Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Short

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Short

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Preston crank up pressure on West Ham's Premiership dream Irish teenager aiming for cut Banned Back to miss Kiwi Test Injured Montoya in Monaco bid Venus in shape for French Open PRESTON manager Billy Davies has warned West Ham that all the pressure will be on them in the Coca-Cola Championship playoff final after North End booked their ticket to Cardiff.

A heroic defensive display secured a 0-0 draw and aggregate 2-0 victory against Derby at Pride Park last night.

Rams striker Grzegorz Rasiak missed a late penalty to end his side's fading Premiership dream and confirm Preston's trip to the Millennium Stadium on 30 May.

Davies said: "We have got nothing to lose, whereas West Ham are expected to be there as they are a Premiership club in terms of resources and facilities.

"What we have achieved this season has been nothing short of a miracle when you look at the wage bill, the size of the squad and the expectations.

Preston have beaten West Ham in each of their last three meetings and have only lost three times in their last 25 matches in all competitions.

RORY McLLROY has the chance to become one of the youngest players ever to survive a halfway cut on the circuit, in the Nissan Irish Open at Carton House.

Sergio Garcia set the record at 15 years 46 days in the 1995 Turespana Open.

McIlroy, from County Down, was 16 on May 4.

The Irish boys and youth champion made his tour debut at last week's British Masters - and shot rounds of 82 and 81 to be down in 150th place out of 153. …

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