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Sky Bet League 1

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 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19