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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

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30