Wins for PNE’s promotion rivals

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill
Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill
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Preston North End’s promotion rivals Bristol City and MK Dons both won on Tuesday night as the race to reach the Championship hotted up.

City, who visit Deepdale in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, beat Swindon Town 3-0 at Ashton Gate.

That stretched the lead for Steve Cotterill’s men at the League One summit to eight points, although North End now have a game in hand on them.

A second defeat on the spin for Swindon left them 10 points adrift of PNE having played a game less.

The Wiltshire side still have to visit Deepdale on April 25.

MK Dons’ 2-0 win over Scunthorpe, courtesy of two early goals from Will Grigg, put them five points behind North End on the same number of games.

Fifth-place Sheffield United beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 at Bramall Lane.

North End claimed maximum points over Easter, beating Rochdale 1-0 on Good Friday and Bradford City 3-0 on Easter Monday.

They have six games remaining, with back-to-back home matches coming up against Bristol City and Gillingham.