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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 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