League One
SwindonSwindon Town1PrestonPreston North End0
By Caroline ChapmanBBC Sport at the County Ground
Andy Williams
Andy Williams has been involved in every league game this season

Substitute Andy Williams grabbed a late winner as Swindon beat play-off rivals Preston to move up to third place in League One.

The visitors had early chances, with Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher both going close.

But Swindon's persistence paid off when Williams jumped to head in Ben Gladwin's centre for his ninth goal of the season.

Preston remain second in the table, two points ahead of Town.

Both sides went into Tuesday's rearranged game on the back of defeats - Swindon losing to MK Dons on Saturday while North End's nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended at Rochdale.

Mark Cooper on Swindon v Preston

But it was Town who were able to recover and close the gap on their rivals - although both clubs are still lagging behind unbeaten leaders Bristol City.

Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham was busy early on, getting down low to block Garner's forceful shot before Leicester loanee Gallagher put the rebound over the bar.

The hosts controlled first half possession but without any real threat on goal, their best chance coming from Louis Thompson, who made a weaving run through the defence only to place his shot at keeper Jamie Jones.

The Swindon forwards began to press after the break and Australia international Massimo Luongo fed both Michael Smith and Harry Toffolo but neither could find the target, while Jordan Turnbull's looping header went just over the bar.

Garner then placed a bullet header at Foderingham as Preston seemed to tire.

And the introduction of Williams paid off once again for Swindon as he headed home in the 85th minute for his sixth goal from the bench this term.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I thought it was an outstanding performance. I thought we dominated possession from start to finish and the young players showed maturity.

"It was an all-round incredible performance. I'm really pleased for the players because they got a little bit of stick on Saturday. They've showed tonight they can defend."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5StephensBooked at 74mins
  • 2Thompson
  • 6Turnbull
  • 7GladwinBooked at 90mins
  • 4Luongo
  • 8Kasim
  • 19Thompson
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 10Williams
  • 12Bell
  • 14Reeves
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 4Wiseman
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 16Buchanan
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forReidat 66'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 8KilkennyBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBrownhillat 65'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes
  • 31Browne
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
  • 27Robinson
  • 30Brownhill
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
6,646

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Preston North End 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by John Welsh.

  6. Booking

    Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

  11. Post update

    David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Paul Gallagher.

  13. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 1, Preston North End 0. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Gladwin with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

  17. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 4th November 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City16106033171636
2Preston1694328171131
3Swindon1685332191329
4MK Dons1483329161327
5Rochdale1582529151426
6Notts County157532214826
7Peterborough168262519626
8Sheff Utd158252219326
9Oldham166732318525
10Fleetwood166461816222
11Chesterfield165562324-120
12Barnsley155462324-119
13Port Vale165472224-219
14Bradford165472022-219
15Crawley165471525-1019
16Walsall164661416-218
17Doncaster145361421-718
18Colchester164572224-217
19Coventry164572027-717
20Leyton Orient163761722-516
21Scunthorpe164391930-1115
22Gillingham163581422-814
23Yeovil163581226-1414
24Crewe1642101332-1914
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