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The County Ground (ATT 7,570) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Swindon Swindon Town vs Preston North End Preston

Swindon 1

M Smith (pen 56)

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Smith on the spot for Robins

Last Updated: 22/03/14 6:08pm

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Michael Smith: Got the winner

Michael Smith: Got the winner

Michael Smith scored a second-half penalty to earn Swindon a 1-0 victory against promotion-chasing Preston.

January signing Smith converted the spot-kick in the 56th minute after Neil Kilkenny had upended Ben Gladwin in the box.

In an uneventful first half with chances few and far between Robins striker Miles Storey spurned a golden opportunity after 29 minutes.

Storey was played in neatly by midfielder Massimo Luongo but saw his shot smartly kept out by goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Two minutes later the Lilywhites went close through Joe Garner who met a Paul Gallagher cross - but his header was scrambled away by Wes Foderingham.

Mark Cooper's men came out of the blocks emphatically after the break, with both Luongo and Yaser Kasim going close from distance.

After Smith's 16th of the season, Preston boss Simon Grayson responded by making a triple-substitution and his side continued to threaten late on.

Foderingham saved well from substitute Kevin Davies' low drive on 82 minutes, before denying him twice more before the final whistle blew and ended Preston's 12-game unbeaten run.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12