Colchester United 1-2 Preston North End
Brian Wilson's late own goal saw high-flying Preston beat Colchester.
The U's captain was unable to clear Chris Humphrey's cross as the ball bounced off his head and into the net.
Tom Clarke headed in Paul Gallagher's cross to put the visitors ahead before Colchester's Jabo Ibehre saw his penalty saved by Declan Rudd after the keeper had hauled down Marcus Bean.
Ibehre made amends when he fired in a sublime leveller as the game went from end-to-end before Wilson's error.
Before the match, Preston's travelling fans unveiled a huge banner paying tribute to club legend Sir Tom Finney who died aged 91, on 14 February.
The win left fourth-placed Preston seven points off an automatic promotion spot, with Colchester just three points above the relegation zone.
However the Essex club have at least three games in hand on three of the sides in the bottom four.
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:
"The ball through [for Preston's winning goal] was three yards offside and the linesman's got to make a decision and it's a poor decision.
"It detracts from an excellent performance. I thought we matched them, created probably as many chances. I thought we were good going forward.
"It's not as if we're sitting back trying to draw, we're at home and we've gone for the win. Today we were just unlucky."
- 20B Wilson
- 15BeanBooked at 76mins
- 6EastmondSubstituted forSearsat 70'minutes
- 21MasseySubstituted forMorrisonat 87'minutes
- 23RuddBooked at 32mins
- 5ClarkeBooked at 12mins
- 37KilkennySubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes
- 14GarnerSubstituted forBeavonat 84'minutes
- 17DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes
- David Phillips
- Shots on Target