The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

THIS threat­ened to be a test of nerve for Pre­ston.

Two sloppy draws in re­cent weeks against Gilling­ham and Port Vale had made this a ‘must­win’.

On pa­per Swin­don, who had an out­side chance of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, looked like tough op­po­si­tion.

In truth, they were never at the races and any nerves Pre­ston may have had were ban­ished in the open­ing two min­utes with Joe Gar­ner’s first goal.

Simon Grayson’s side, roared on by a ca­pac­ity crowd at Deep­dale, were ex­cep­tional from start to fin­ish. Victory for MK Dons means Pre­ston still have a job to do away at Colch­ester next week­end but, if they can re­peat this per­for­mance, they will be a Cham­pi­onship side next year.

In Gar­ner, they have a Cham­pi­onship-wor­thy striker.

A young Pre­ston fan said: “He’s the new Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.” That may be a stretch, but he is a player des­tined for higher lev­els and was su­perb again to­day.

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