The result leaves Preston heading into the weekend in 16th place in the table, and on track for a lower mid-table finish with just nine matches of the season left to play.
Speaking after the game, Lilywhites boss Alex Neil revealed: "That was the first time I have lost to a Neil Warnock team – that’s really frustrating.
“We are tailor-made to play against that type of team because they want to lock you on. The long and short movements to work against that are what we do all the time. We’d started really well and the referee has denied us the opportunity to get points which are crucial to us.
“The most annoying thing about it for me was that when I went over to see the referee I decided to be overly pleasant so that I didn’t get in trouble.”
Next up, Preston host Luton Town at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon, and a victory for the Lilywhites could see them leapfrog the Hatters into 14th place, if results elsewhere also go their way.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the upcoming weekend's action begins:
1. Bowyer could take Jackson to Birmingham
Birmingham City's new boss Lee Bowyer is believed to be looking to bring Johnnie Jackson in as his assistant manager. He's currently still at Charlton Athletic in a caretaker role, following Bowyer's exit to join the Blues. (London News Online)
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2. Spurs urged to loan Skipp out again
Former footballer Paul Robinson has urged Spurs to loan young midfielder Oliver Skipp back to Norwich City for at least the first half of next season, claiming he could thrive in the Premier League should the Canaries secure promotion. (Football Insider)
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3. Warburton rubbishes McPake links
QPR boss Mark Warburton has claimed rumours linking Rangers' Josh McPake with the club have most likely been generated by the player's agent. Bristol City have also been linked with the Scotland youth international. (West London Sport)
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4. Bluebirds tie down Premier League target
Cardiff City have moved to tie down promising youngster Kieron Evans to a new contract, amid rumours he'd been attracting interest from Premier League sides. Sheffield United and Newcastle are among the sides he's been linked with. (Club website)
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