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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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1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 93
2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
4 Rotherham United 42 79
5 Preston North End 42 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
10 Walsall 42 56
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
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16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39