League One
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Preston North End 3-0 Swindon Town

Joe Garner
Joe Garner is the top scorer in League One this season with 25 goals

Joe Garner's hat-trick moved Preston to within one victory of promotion to the Championship as they beat a much-changed Swindon side.

League One's top scorer Garner met Paul Gallagher's pass to lob over Tyrell Belford before the pair combined again, this time a header from a free-kick.

Garner netted his 25th of the season from close-range on 51 minutes after Jermaine Beckford's effort hit the bar.

Preston remain second and one point clear of MK Dons, who beat Rochdale.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper made seven changes and handed first starts to Jermaine Hylton, Lee Marshall and Will Randall as fourth-placed Swindon now look ahead to the play-offs.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Preston v Swindon

"I thought the young boys did really well today, we think a lot of them. I thought they acquitted themselves fantastically well in a cauldron.

"We want the play-offs to come around but we have to play these games.

"We conceded an early goal but after that I thought we played really well in the first half and dominated."

On his team selection: "It's about us and how we want to prepare. It's entirely about our preparation for the play-offs, and making sure that the team that plays in the first play-off leg is ready - free of injury, fresh mentally and physically.

"It might not work, but we've put a plan in place that we think gives us a realistic possibility of doing well in the play-offs.

"We're not meaning to antagonise anybody. We're trying to do what's best for Swindon Town."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Laird
  • 24Johnson
  • 7Humphrey
  • 19WelshBooked at 79minsSubstituted forKilkennyat 86'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forRobinsonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wiseman
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 15Woods
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 27Robinson
  • 40Ebanks-Blake

Swindon

  • 25Belford
  • 5Stephens
  • 36Ricketts
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 41mins
  • 31Randall-Hurran
  • 32Marshall
  • 26RodgersSubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
  • 18BarkerSubstituted forWilliamsat 55'minutes
  • 23BarthramBooked at 35mins
  • 24Hylton
  • 9SmithSubstituted forCookeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Williams
  • 21Jones
  • 27Antonio
  • 28Smith
  • 37Belford
  • 38Cooke
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
17,621

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Swindon Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Swindon Town 0.

Attempt saved. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces John Welsh.

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

Jack Barthram (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Josh Cooke replaces Michael Smith.

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Tom Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Joe Garner.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Tom Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Will Randall-Hurran.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Tom Smith replaces Anton Rodgers.

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Attempt missed. Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Will Randall-Hurran.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Scott Laird.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt blocked. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Andy Williams replaces George Barker.

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Swindon Town 0. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Lee Marshall.

Second Half

Second Half begins Preston North End 2, Swindon Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Preston North End 2, Swindon Town 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City452812588365296
2Preston452514679394089
3MK Dons452610996435388
4Swindon442381373541977
5Sheff Utd4519131365521370
6Chesterfield4519111567541368
7Rochdale451962072611163
8Bradford451614155455-162
9Peterborough45188195255-362
10Fleetwood451612174751-460
11Walsall451417144846259
12Gillingham451514166265-359
13Barnsley451611185761-459
14Doncaster451513175360-758
15Scunthorpe451414176070-1056
16Oldham451414175366-1356
17Port Vale45159215463-954
18Coventry451216174759-1252
19Crewe451410214374-3152
20Notts County451214194460-1650
21Crawley451311215277-2550
22Leyton Orient451212215767-1048
23Colchester44139225676-2048
24Yeovil451010253570-3540
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