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Sky Bet League 1

County Ground (ATT 9,145) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Deadman

Swindon Swindon Town vs Preston North End Preston

Swindon 1

A Rooney (75)

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Preston 1

W Hayhurst (51)

Robins held by North End

Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:29pm

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Adam Rooney: Snuck in late on

Adam Rooney: Snuck in late on

Paolo Di Canio was conspicuous by his absence as his old club Swindon were held to a 1-1 draw by Preston at the County Ground.

Instead the focus centred on new North End boss Simon Grayson, who was in charge for the first time after being appointed manager on Monday.

Grayson's new team came within 15 minutes of toppling the pre-match League One leaders, only being undone by a defensive error.

After Di Canio's resignation last week, Swindon certainly missed the Italian's volatile inspiration in a tepid first half.

Preston took the lead in the 51st minute when Will Hayhurst shot home from 15 yards after Stuart Beavon and Jack King had combined.

Swindon, in the hands of players Darren Ward and Tommy Miller, had to wait until the 75th minute to level.

Adam Rooney, who had been on the pitch as a substitute a matter of seconds, seized on a poor back pass from David Buchanan to slide a shot past goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24