Billy Davies endured a nightmare return to Preston as Nottingham Forest lost 3-2 to see their automatic promotion hopes slip further following a first-half horror show at Deepdale.
Forest boss Davies remains a hate figure among Preston followers after he controversially quit the Lancashire outfit to take over at Derby in 2006.
Booed and jeered as he took his place in the visiting dug-out, the fiery Scot's day got steadily worse as Forest fell 3-0 behind by half-time thanks to Ross Wallace's breakaway effort, Callum Davidson's penalty and Matt James' stunning piledriver.
Forest improved vastly after the break and Dexter Blackstock hit back for Forest with a 57th-minute penalty before substitute Robert Earnshaw cut the gap further with 14 minutes remaining.
Yet there was to be no equaliser for Davies to savour as Forest were condemned to their fifth successive away defeat in the Coca-Cola Championship.