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Brentford 2-1 Preston North End

Marco Djuricin
Marco Djuricin netted Brentford's winner against Preston

Marco Djuricin struck the winner as Brentford came from behind to beat Preston and record their second league win of the season.

Djuricin latched onto Jake Bidwell's header to coolly slot home and complete the hosts' comeback.

The visitors led after just 16 seconds when Daniel Johnson pounced on a rebound to fire home after Joe Garner's effort had been well saved.

Lasse Vibe levelled from close range before Djuricin secured the points.

The defeat drops Preston into the Championship's bottom three while Brentford climb to 17th.

The visitors got off to the perfect start as Johnson fired into the roof of David Button's net before either side had settled.

Preston could have doubled their lead moments later as Johnson turned provider for Stevie May but the Scottish striker's header went just wide.

Yoann Barbet then had the hosts' first real chance and his free header, destined for the bottom corner, was brilliantly saved by Jordan Pickford as he threw himself down to his left to tip the effort around the post.

Despite Brentford's improvement, Button was on his toes to expertly tip a Joe Garner header over the bar from six yards before half-time.

On-loan Sergi Canos came off the bench for Brentford to make his home debut and it proved the difference as moments after his introduction, his run and cross was met by Vibe who neatly tucked away the equaliser.

Three minutes later Bidwell flicked on Button's clearance and Djuricin beat Pickford to secure Brentford's first home league success of the season.

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen: "The crowd helped us a lot today and their intensity and passion got through to the players.

"We were a lot more effective in the second half so I am very pleased with the win.

"To go behind so early brought a mental challenge for us, so I am very pleased with the character we showed to stay patient, get back in the game and then win it."

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "We stopped doing the good things we'd been doing before the break and when their second goal went in a few of our players looked like the game was over.

"We need to learn from that because in this division the quality is greater and the margin for error smaller.

"If you want to win you have to do better at the ugly side of the game. It's a lesson and one we will have to learn from quickly."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Button
  • 36ClarkeSubstituted forCanosat 61'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 12McCormackBooked at 38mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 21VibeSubstituted forO'Connellat 90+7'minutes
  • 8DjuricinBooked at 66minsSubstituted forUdumagaat 79'minutes
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 14Tebar
  • 15Woods
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 30Williams
  • 35Udumaga
  • 47Canos

Preston

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 74mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forBrownhillat 83'minutes
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forKeaneat 72'minutes
  • 13Doyle
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 24mins
  • 14GarnerBooked at 36mins
  • 24MaySubstituted forHumphreyat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Wright
  • 7Humphrey
  • 9Keane
  • 15Woods
  • 19Welsh
  • 22Brownhill
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
9,463

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Preston North End 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Preston North End 1.

  3. Post update

    Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jack O'Connell replaces Lasse Vibe.

  6. Booking

    Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Alan Judge tries a through ball, but Jermaine Udumaga is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  11. Post update

    Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Alan McCormack tries a through ball, but Sergi Canos is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.