League One Play-Off Final Review - Recent omens on Swindon's side

Mark Cooper will try to find a way to negate in-form Preston's powerful attack but can take solace from the fact that the side finishing fourth has gone up for the last four years.

For the fourth year in succession the third and fourth-placed teams will face-off at Wembley in the League One play-off final.

Preston, who finished in third after a final-day defeat cost them automatic promotion, will take on Swindon Town and whilst the form guide points heavily in favour of the Lancashire club, the Robins will have recent history on their side.

The fourth-placed clubs in the last four seasons have all gone on to gain promotion to the Championship. Last season, Rotherham United overcame Leyton Orient in a penalty shoot-out after the game ended 2-2 following extra-time and no-one can forget the famous scene of Rotherham manager, Steve Evans, running down the touchline trying to pull his trousers up at the same time.

Swindon boss, Mark Cooper, may have a celebration of his own if his Swindon side can pull off a result against the firepower of Preston. Swindon came through perhaps the toughest of opponents to reach the final after beating Sheffield United over two legs.

The Robins claimed a narrow 2-1 win at Bramall Lane, thanks to a late strike from Nathan Byrne, before an epic 5-5 draw at the County Ground saw Swindon edge through to Wembley.

Swindon chairman, Lee Power, is expecting a tough game at Wembley but insists the Robins will not be changing their game-plan against Preston.

"It's massive, we quietly fancy ourselves, it will be an occasion for us, we only play one way and that's attacking football," Power said.

"It's going to be a huge occasion for the supporters and we have a tough ninety minutes coming up and our players need to get back on the train again. It's going to be a rollercoaster, but we don't do it easy at Swindon."

Preston defeated Chesterfield over two ties, starting with a 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium thanks to a goal from Jermaine Beckford. It was the former Everton and Leeds man who bagged two goals in the second leg, one from 40 yards that made the difference between the two sides.

Preston were clinical and with Joe Garner, Kevin Davies and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, they have a strike-force far too good for League One.

Simon Grayson's side finished the strongest out of the play-off four, however it was a defeat to Colchester on the final day, which saw the Lilywhites drop out of the automatic promotion race and allowed MK Dons to leap-frog them. Preston finished the season with only one defeat in their final 22 league matches, including the play-off games.

Preston striker Garner, wants the team to put the disappointment of missing out on the top two behind them. Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, Garner is looking forward to Wembley after watching PNE at the old stadium in 1994.

"I was six at the time, we didn't get the result on the day," Garner said. "It's nice to be going as a player this time. I'm confident we can get a result if we play as well as we know we can. We had that bad game at Colchester a couple of weeks ago, we have to put that right now."

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