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Preston North End 2-3 Brentford

Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins has scored six goals in 16 games for Brentford since joining from Exeter ahead of this season

Ollie Watkins scored the decisive goal as Brentford beat Preston in a thrilling contest at Deepdale.

Nico Yennaris headed the Bees in front after Florian Jozefzoon's shot had been saved, but Sean Maguire levelled for the hosts from 15 yards.

Romaine Sawyers' strike restored Brentford's lead, before Tom Barkhuizen equalised from the edge of the box.

Watkins finally secured the three points when he fired in from Jozefzoon's low cross.

Brentford are now unbeaten in seven league games, having taken only three points from their first seven matches of the season.

Their impressive run of form has seen them climb to 18th, six points above the relegation zone and six outside the play-off places.

But they had midfielder Yennaris stretchered off just before half-time after receiving significant medical treatment, having seemingly being caught by Preston striker Jordan Hugill's shoulder.

Preston are now without a victory in four league games, their third league defeat of the season dropping them to ninth in the Championship table.

Alex Neil's side, who have conceded nine goals during their winless run, have not kept a clean sheet since a goalless draw with Millwall on 23 September.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"The game was patchy, without one team being dominant throughout the 90 minutes. We started well and then, when we got the equaliser, we finished the half well and started the second well.

"When we went 2-2, we were the team in the ascendancy and then we get caught with a sloppy goal to make it 3-2.

"Both teams had spells when they were on top but unfortunately for us they scored more goals when they were on top."

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"Nico Yennaris is okay now. He can't remember the goal, as he got a whack. Nobody saw it at the time but when you see it back (on video) it could easily be a red card.

"Hugill could easily get out of the way but he's dipped his shoulder into Nico's head. It's an unfortunate incident but Nico is good which is the important thing.

"He's just gone to block Nico but he's ended up catching him on the side of the face so it's a disappointing one to see."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14Fisher
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 25mins
  • 15WoodsBooked at 82mins
  • 32Earl
  • 4Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forMavididiat 83'minutes
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHarropat 70'minutes
  • 24MaguireBooked at 2minsSubstituted forHorganat 77'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 6Boyle
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 25O'Connor
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 20Clarke
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15Woods
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forSawyersat 45+7'minutes
  • 7JozefzoonSubstituted forCanosat 75'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forMaupayat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 9Maupay
  • 10McEachran
  • 19Sawyers
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 33Mepham
  • 47Canos
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
12,005

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Brentford 3.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua Earl with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Neal Maupay replaces Lasse Vibe.

Offside, Preston North End. Darnell Fisher tries a through ball, but Joshua Earl is caught offside.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joshua Earl.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Stephy Mavididi replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Calum Woods (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

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

Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Attempt blocked. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Sean Maguire.

Attempt missed. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Callum Robinson.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Brentford 3. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Brentford 2. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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