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Deepdale (ATT 10,372) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Madley

Preston Preston North End vs Swindon Town Swindon

Preston 4

A Sodje (5)
N Wroe (10)
S Beavon (43)
J Welsh (68)

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Swindon 1

R De Vita (58)

North End clip Robins' wings

Last Updated: 02/09/12 7:22pm

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Beavon: Netted on his debut

Beavon: Netted on his debut

Stand-in skipper Nicky Wroe was the star as Preston ran riot with a 4-1 defeat of Swindon on Sunday.

It was the Lilywhites' second victory by that score line at Deepdale in the space of in five days.

North End, conquerors of Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, had only scored once in the league before the visit of Paolo Di Canio's team. However, strikes from Akpo Sodje, Wroe and deadline-day signing Stuart Beavon had trebled that tally by half-time. Raffaele De Vita hit back for Swindon but John Welsh opened his Preston account to make sure of the points.

Sodje volleyed home after five minutes from goalkeeper Wes Foderingham's blocked clearance. Wroe then diverted Scott Laird's low cross into the far corner to make it 2-0 after 10 minutes.

Di Canio had seen enough and hauled off Foderingham after just 20 minutes, with the goalkeeper storming straight down the tunnel after a heated exchange with his manager. In Foderingham's place came 18-year-old debutant Leigh Bedwell.

The change made little difference and Beavon marked becoming Preston's 17th debutant this season by tapping in just before half time.

De Vita's drilled shot pulled one back for Town after 58 minutes but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Welsh smashed in his first Preston goal 20 minutes from time.

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Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16