Preston vs Brentford
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Preston moved with targets by Tom Barkhuizen and Sean Maguire to the Sky Bet Championship play-off spots using a triumph over Brentford.
The early goal of maguire given the benefit at Deepdale, while Barkhuizen struck following the rest from a Bees side who lacked a cutting edge in the final third to the Lilywhites.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank called an unchanged team and Alex Neil made four alterations in the Preston side that drew last time out prior to this break.
After going down beneath Mathias Jensen’s struggle wasn’t amused by Faith David Coote, maguire’s penalty appeal.
But the attacker had his reward seconds later after he found himself in the box to restrain Ryan Ledson’s crossover and then tucked past David Raya within five minutes.
A slick response in the Bees saw top scorer Ollie Watkins slide in Said Benrahma whose lob over Declan Rudd was overwhelmed by the Preston rearguard.
Pontus Jansson challenge in the opposite end set off Billy Bodin who blasted into the stands, while goalkeeper Raya stood strong to deny the Rovers guy before 10 minutes.
After moving one-on-one however, the Bees winger’s thick touch let him down since the ball collected, bryan Mbeumo wasted a wonderful opportunity.
Sergi Canos headed a Brentford counter-attack to the border of the box after the half an hour however dinked a very low effort off target, before the stands were discovered by Mbeumo prior to the break with a volley 10 minutes.
Benrahma unleashed a fierce effort three minutes as the hosts went into the break in 26, before the period which stung Rudd’s hands.
Mbeumo improved after the restart and curled an attempt onto the roof of Rudd’s web inside the opening couple of minutes since Brentford continued to delight in the bulk of chances.
Watkins was denied by preston stopper Rudd from an acute angle after 52 minutes after a exchange of possession with Benrahma, from 30 yards prior to the hour searched for an equaliser, together using all the latter free kick.
Spiritual Norgaard’s shot outside the penalty area crept off Ben Davies’ deflection and had.
However, the Lilywhites caught their moment with 20 minutes remaining after a Darnell Fisher on the right slid to slot into an empty web after more questionable Brentford defending.
Barkhuizen slotted in Maguire on the rest but found Jansson in the best way to deny a opportunity.
While Brentford slip to 18th in the table after seven games so far, the success was Preston’s third in four league matches.