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Deepdale (ATT 8,492) 23rd November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Preston Preston North End vs Colchester United Colchester

Preston 1

J Garner (45+1)

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Colchester 1

L Garbutt (76)

Garbutt grabs U's a point

Last Updated: 23/11/13 7:37pm

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Luke Garbutt: Netted the winner

Luke Garbutt: Netted the winner

Luke Garbutt's first league goal for Colchester earned the U's a point as they drew 1-1 with promotion-chasing Preston.

The first half was all North End and the home side deservedly took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Joe Garner glanced home a header from Paul Gallagher's cross.

But after the break the visitors gave a better account of themselves and Everton loanee Garbutt added to his goal against Sheffield United in the FA Cup with a low drive after 76 minutes to earn his side a point.

Preston went into the game with a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions and controlled the early stages, Garner and Kevin Davies both going close with headers.

But just when it looked like Colchester would hold out until the break Garner netted to give the home side a deserved lead.

However, the visitors were much improved after half-time with Marcus Bean heading just over on the hour mark.

And the U's earned themselves a draw at Deepdale when Garbutt's low drive found the bottom corner of the net.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12