Swindon dropped to second in League One despite Adam Rooney's equaliser against Preston.

Darren Ward and Tommy Miller were in charge of the Robins after four of Paolo Di Canio's staff followed the Italian out of the County Ground.

Will Hayhurst's first professional goal, and the first of Simon Grayson's Deepdale reign, put North End ahead.

But substitute Rooney capitalised on David Buchanan's under-hit backpass to equalise with his first touch.

Swindon, however, were leapfrogged by Sheffield United after the Blades won 1-0 at Bournemouth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town joint-caretaker manager Tommy Miller told BBC Wiltshire:

"I thought we deserved to win the game and I thought we had the better chances.

"We started very well then we got a bit sloppy. We started the second half very well then they got a goal [which was] very sloppy but then we got back into the game.

"I've got to thanks the lads, they were outstanding. They gave their lot for us.

"It's been a busy few days. I didn't realise there was so much to do being a manager."

Match Stats

Shots

11 4

On target

7 2

Corners

13 1

Fouls

4 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +8:28 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Miller from the left by-line, clearance made by Jack King.

90:00 +4:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tommy Miller, Jack King makes a clearance.

90:00 +4:40 Booking

Booking Keith Keane is booked.

90:00 +2:35

Unfair challenge on Aden Flint by Chris Beardsley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

90:00 +1:16

Corner taken by Tommy Miller.

90:00 +1:16 Substitution

Substitution William Hayhurst leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Robertson.

87:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by William Hayhurst from the right by-line, clearance by Darren Ward.

86:48

Chris Beardsley challenges Darren Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Foderingham takes the direct free kick.

84:14

Tommy Miller takes the inswinging corner, Aden Flint takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd. Alan Navarro produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

83:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Nicky Wroe. Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Jack King.

81:44

Gary Roberts takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Keith Keane.

81:44 Substitution

Substitution Chris Beardsley on for Stuart Beavon.

81:44 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Andy Procter coming on for Lee Holmes.

78:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jay McEveley from the right by-line, clearance by Jack King.

78:03

Stuart Beavon concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Ward. Wes Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

77:16

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save made by Wes Foderingham.

76:42

The offside flag is raised against James Collins. Declan Rudd takes the direct free kick.

75:53

Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

75:53 Booking

Booking Bailey Wright goes into the referee's book.

75:42

Bailey Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Miller.

74:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Rooney - Swindon 1 - 1 Preston Adam Rooney grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swindon 1-1 Preston.

73:15

Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance made by David Buchanan.

73:15 Substitution

Substitution Adam Rooney on for Raffaele De Vita.

73:15

Bailey Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Williams.

72:30

Foul by Stuart Beavon on Darren Ward, free kick awarded. Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Alan Navarro on for Simon Ferry.

68:26

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Jack King makes a clearance.

65:05

James Collins takes a shot. Save made by Declan Rudd.

61:39

James Collins produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

60:36

Foul by John Welsh on James Collins, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tommy Miller, Jack King makes a clearance. Gary Roberts takes the inswinging corner, Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

59:02

Andy Williams is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

58:33

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance by Jack King.

58:01

Stuart Beavon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

52:52

Shot from just outside the box by Gary Roberts goes over the crossbar.

52:15

Jay McEveley fouled by Jack King, the ref awards a free kick. Jay McEveley takes the direct free kick.

50:36

Jack King provided the assist for the goal.

50:36 Goal scored

Goal! - William Hayhurst - Swindon 0 - 1 Preston Goal scored by William Hayhurst from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Swindon 0-1 Preston.

49:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Stuart Beavon. Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

48:28

Alan McCormack takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line.

46:36

The official flags Andy Williams offside. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

41:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Miller from the left by-line, Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

39:44

Jay McEveley is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Lee Holmes, clearance made by Aden Flint.

36:48

Free kick crossed right-footed by David Buchanan from left channel, save made by Wes Foderingham.

36:48 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack shown a yellow card.

36:35

Alan McCormack concedes a free kick for a foul on William Hayhurst.

35:49

John Welsh produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

33:04

Shot from outside the box by Nicky Wroe goes wide right of the target.

32:26

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts, William Hayhurst manages to make a clearance.

30:43

Andy Williams produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

28:14

Unfair challenge on Nicky Wroe by Tommy Miller results in a free kick. Bailey Wright takes the direct free kick.

26:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Hayhurst by Simon Ferry. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

23:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on John Welsh. Direct free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

19:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Williams by Paul Huntington. Gary Roberts has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Declan Rudd makes a save.

18:32

The official flags Stuart Beavon offside. Wes Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

17:44

Unfair challenge on Andy Williams by John Welsh results in a free kick. Wes Foderingham takes the direct free kick.

12:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Collins. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

9:18

James Collins is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

7:57

Aden Flint takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd.

7:05

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line.

5:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Miller by John Welsh. Free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

5:23

Short corner worked by Gary Roberts.

5:06

Tommy Miller takes a shot. Save by Declan Rudd.

3:34

Andy Williams fouled by Bailey Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jay McEveley from left channel, clearance by Bailey Wright.

2:34

Handball by Gary Roberts. Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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