PNE’s lead cut in promotion race

PNE players appeal for a penalty in Friday night's 2-2 draw at Port Vale

PNE players appeal for a penalty in Friday night's 2-2 draw at Port Vale

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Preston North End’s lead in the automatic promotion race was cut to a single point by MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

A 6-1 victory over Leyton Orient for MK saw them close the gap on the Lilywhites who drew 2-2 at Port Vale on Friday night after twice being in the lead.

Both sides have three games left, with North End knowing that winning all three would guarantee them promotion irrespective of what Karl Robinson’s side do.

PNE are certainly not making it easy for themselves, draws from winning positions against Gillingham and Port Vale seeing a five-point lead whittled-down to one.

Against Vale, they twice led through Daniel Johnson and a Joe Garner penalty, only for the Valiants to equalise through two penalties from Michael O’Connor.

Simon Grayson’s men return to action on Tuesday night against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Swindon, in fourth place, were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by already-relegated Yeovil Town, that result leaving them seven points behind PNE with a game in hand.

Bristol City’s 0-0 draw with Coventry at Ashton Gate was enough to see them crowned League One champions.

Fifth-place Sheffield United drew 1-1 with Bradford City in a Yorkshire derby, while Chesterfield – in sixth – were held to a goalless draw at Oldham Athletic.