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SWINDON TOWN 1 PRESTON NORTH END 0: Full-time report

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town beat Preston North End 1-0 this afternoon Swindon Town beat Preston North End 1-0 this afternoon

MICHAEL Smith’s second-half penalty handed Swindon Town their first victory in eight League One matches, and their first home win in almost two months, as Preston North End were beaten 1-0 at the County Ground this afternoon.

A quiet first half, during which Miles Storey saw a tame effort saved by Declan Rudd in the Preston goal, gave way to a pulsating contest after the break Town started the second half at a canter and deservedly took the lead in the 56th minute.

Ben Gladwin burst into the area from the left wing and went down under a clumsy challenge from Neil Kilkenny. Referee Iain Williamson pointed to the spot and Smith was cool under pressure from 12 yards, sending Declan Rudd the wrong way to put his team in front.

Preston boss Simon Grayson reacted to falling behind by making a triple change from the bench, with Kevin Davies, Stuart Beavon and John Welsh all thrown on in an effort to change the game, but Swindon remained in the ascendancy.

Rudd produced superb saves from Smith, his namesake Alex and the brilliant Gladwin as the visitors hung onto a one-goal deficit.

However, as the minutes ticked by Preston took greater and greater control of proceedings, without forcing Wes Foderingham into a save of note.

Swindon’s back four stood firm under a barrage of crosses from either flank and held out for all three points.

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5:12pm Sat 22 Mar 14

umpcah says...

It was the Ben Gladwin show today !
It was the Ben Gladwin show today ! umpcah
  • Score: 17

5:52pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bluesharpbob says...

Hurray, at last! I suppose any kind of a win is a win. Well done for beating a top team in this division.
Hurray, at last! I suppose any kind of a win is a win. Well done for beating a top team in this division. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 8

7:30pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cricklade Reds says...

Each and every player give his all for the club today. They may not be the best players in this division but the last two games they have showed that they have the hearts of lions. COYR
Each and every player give his all for the club today. They may not be the best players in this division but the last two games they have showed that they have the hearts of lions. COYR Cricklade Reds
  • Score: 7

7:54pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Wickham Red says...

umpcah wrote:
It was the Ben Gladwin show today !
Best game by far for Ben today, coped very well with the physical Preston midfield and defence. With his limited experience at this level he never allowed them to bully him, was always looking to get forward, the goals will come. Worked really hard for us today.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: It was the Ben Gladwin show today ![/p][/quote]Best game by far for Ben today, coped very well with the physical Preston midfield and defence. With his limited experience at this level he never allowed them to bully him, was always looking to get forward, the goals will come. Worked really hard for us today. Wickham Red
  • Score: 13

8:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

bluesharpbob wrote:
Hurray, at last! I suppose any kind of a win is a win. Well done for beating a top team in this division.
This wasn't just any kind of win. It was a performance of great character. We've had bigger wins this season and not played nearly as well as we did today.
[quote][p][bold]bluesharpbob[/bold] wrote: Hurray, at last! I suppose any kind of a win is a win. Well done for beating a top team in this division.[/p][/quote]This wasn't just any kind of win. It was a performance of great character. We've had bigger wins this season and not played nearly as well as we did today. Oi Den!
  • Score: 5

8:57pm Sat 22 Mar 14

carnegie says...

umpcah wrote:
It was the Ben Gladwin show today !
He did well in the attacking third of the pitch but gave the ball away too often and too easily in the middle of the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: It was the Ben Gladwin show today ![/p][/quote]He did well in the attacking third of the pitch but gave the ball away too often and too easily in the middle of the pitch. carnegie
  • Score: -17

9:57am Sun 23 Mar 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Make no mistake, this was a brilliant 3 points for the Town against a very good but physical team Preston North End.
Ben Gladwin was outstanding to-day and deserved the MOM award, but also special praise to Big Troy and Miles Storey.
Today we saw much less of the boring tippy-tappy that has blighted our performances of late, and a change of tactics which earns Mark Cooper a pat on the back from me.
Well done Swindon Town ! now on a comfortable 51 points.
Make no mistake, this was a brilliant 3 points for the Town against a very good but physical team Preston North End. Ben Gladwin was outstanding to-day and deserved the MOM award, but also special praise to Big Troy and Miles Storey. Today we saw much less of the boring tippy-tappy that has blighted our performances of late, and a change of tactics which earns Mark Cooper a pat on the back from me. Well done Swindon Town ! now on a comfortable 51 points. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 5

1:53pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
Make no mistake, this was a brilliant 3 points for the Town against a very good but physical team Preston North End.
Ben Gladwin was outstanding to-day and deserved the MOM award, but also special praise to Big Troy and Miles Storey.
Today we saw much less of the boring tippy-tappy that has blighted our performances of late, and a change of tactics which earns Mark Cooper a pat on the back from me.
Well done Swindon Town ! now on a comfortable 51 points.
Steady on with the criticism of tippy tappy as sure as eggs are eggs a bad result or two and Coopers usual detractors will be accusing him of just being a "long ball merchant" which was the suggestion from his time at Peterborough when he took over here.

I really like to see the team playing a sublime ball retention passing game and yesterday there was that patience at times, but also had a midfield player who also took it upon themselves to take the ball forward quickly when given the space to work with which added another dimension to play seen in recent weeks.

Was yesterday better to watch than we were at our scintillating best in the earlier part of the season ? Don't think so, but better than some recent home games and no doubt a few players will now have given fans an improved view of their potential. They will need to do that consistently and not just in a game or two.
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake, this was a brilliant 3 points for the Town against a very good but physical team Preston North End. Ben Gladwin was outstanding to-day and deserved the MOM award, but also special praise to Big Troy and Miles Storey. Today we saw much less of the boring tippy-tappy that has blighted our performances of late, and a change of tactics which earns Mark Cooper a pat on the back from me. Well done Swindon Town ! now on a comfortable 51 points.[/p][/quote]Steady on with the criticism of tippy tappy as sure as eggs are eggs a bad result or two and Coopers usual detractors will be accusing him of just being a "long ball merchant" which was the suggestion from his time at Peterborough when he took over here. I really like to see the team playing a sublime ball retention passing game and yesterday there was that patience at times, but also had a midfield player who also took it upon themselves to take the ball forward quickly when given the space to work with which added another dimension to play seen in recent weeks. Was yesterday better to watch than we were at our scintillating best in the earlier part of the season ? Don't think so, but better than some recent home games and no doubt a few players will now have given fans an improved view of their potential. They will need to do that consistently and not just in a game or two. Cleuso
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Sun 23 Mar 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Credit to Mark Cooper for going three at the back and two up front. Preston were unbeaten in 12 and had only lost two games away all season before yesterday. I don't think we missed Pritchard either.
Credit to Mark Cooper for going three at the back and two up front. Preston were unbeaten in 12 and had only lost two games away all season before yesterday. I don't think we missed Pritchard either. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 1

11:34am Mon 24 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

One of the few games I've missed this month and a first win in what feels like forever - starting to think I'm a jinx! Well done town, sounds like Gladwin did well and from what I saw of the highlights (which wasn't much to be far) there was some good attacking play in general. Will be looking forward to Saturday a bit more now than I might have been otherwise.

Hopefully can get a decent result against Tranmere tomorrow night also, good record against them recently (won six and drawn one from the last seven meetings). COYR.
One of the few games I've missed this month and a first win in what feels like forever - starting to think I'm a jinx! Well done town, sounds like Gladwin did well and from what I saw of the highlights (which wasn't much to be far) there was some good attacking play in general. Will be looking forward to Saturday a bit more now than I might have been otherwise. Hopefully can get a decent result against Tranmere tomorrow night also, good record against them recently (won six and drawn one from the last seven meetings). COYR. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

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