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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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39