Preston vs Brentford
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Preston moved with goals from Tom Barkhuizen and Sean Maguire to the Sky Bet Championship spots with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Brentford.
The Lilywhites were handed the advantage at Deepdale, while Barkhuizen struck by maguire aim.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank named an unchanged starting team and Alex Neil made four alterations in the Preston side that brought last time out before the break.
Maguire’s penalty appeal after referee David Coote not entertained moving down under Mathias Jensen’s struggle.
However, the attacker had his reward moments later when he found himself in the box to restrain the cross of Ryan Ledson and then tucked beyond David Raya inside five minutes.
A slick response in the Bees saw Said Benrahma whose lob over Declan Rudd was overwhelmed by the Preston rearguard is slipped in by top scorer Ollie Watkins.
The key challenge in the end of pontus Jansson put off while goalkeeper Raya stood strong to deny that the Rovers guy before 10 minutes, Billy Bodin who blasted into the stands.
Bryan Mbeumo squandered a excellent opportunity after moving one-on-one however, the Bees winger touch down him as the ball gathered.
Sergi Canos led a Brentford counter-attack after the half an hour however dinked a effort well off goal, before Mbeumo discovered that the stands before the break with an volley 10 minutes.
Benrahma unleashed a fierce effort in space three minutes before the interval which stung Rudd’s palms as the hosts went ahead to the break.
Since Brentford continued to enjoy the bulk of opportunities mbeumo improved after the restart and curly an attempt onto the roof of Rudd’s net inside the opening minutes.
Watkins was refused by preston stopper Rudd in an acute angle after 52 minutes following a exchange of possession with Benrahma, together using all the latter free kick from 30 yards prior to the hour searched for an equaliser.
Spiritual Norgaard’s shot from outside the penalty area nearly crept in off Ben Davies’ deflection and had Rudd rushing to ensure it did not as the London side continued to press on.
But the Lilywhites grabbed their moment with 20 minutes remaining after a free Darnell Fisher about the right slid to play in a low cross for Barkhuizen into an empty net following questionable Brentford defending.
Barkhuizen slotted on the break in Maguire but found Jansson in the best way to deny a opportunity prior to the end.
The success was Preston in four league games, while following seven games up to now, Brentford slide to 18th in the table.