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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 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40