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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24