Match ends, Preston North End 3, Swindon Town 0.
Preston North End 3-0 Swindon Town
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:
"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."
- 19WelshBooked at 79minsSubstituted forKilkennyat 86'minutes
- 14GarnerSubstituted forDaviesat 76'minutes
- 10BeckfordSubstituted forRobinsonat 81'minutes
- 6TurnbullBooked at 41mins
- 26RodgersSubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
- 18BarkerSubstituted forWilliamsat 55'minutes
- 23BarthramBooked at 35mins
- 9SmithSubstituted forCookeat 84'minutes
- Gary Sutton
- Shots on Target
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, 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, 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, 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.
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, 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.