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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 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