High-flying Brentford earned their ninth victory in 10 league games with a fine win at promotion rivals Preston.

Adam Forshaw's penalty put the Bees in front after Clayton Donaldson was brought down by keeper Declan Rudd and Marcello Trotta doubled the lead with a cool finish into the bottom corner.

Preston had the chance to pull a goal back after half-time but Joe Garner's penalty was well saved by David Button.

Sam Saunders then volleyed in George Saville's cross to seal the points.

The defeat means Simon Grayson's men drop to fifth in League One while Brentford, who have now kept seven clean sheets in their last eight matches, move to within a point of leaders Leyton Orient.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm disappointed that we lost the game and conceded three goals.

"I don't think there was too much in the game. They got the penalty decision and another goal straight after.

"I asked for a reaction from the players and we did say the next goal was going to be a big part in it. Unfortunately they got a third goal and that killed the game off."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd Booked
  • 07 Humphrey (Hume - 69' )
  • 03 Laird
  • 06 Wright
  • 05 Clarke
  • 04 Huntington Booked
  • 02 Keane (Holmes - 45' )
  • 30 Brownhill (Kilkenny - 45' )
  • 14 Garner Booked
  • 09 Davies Booked
  • 19 Welsh

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 10 Beavon
  • 11 Holmes
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 22 King
  • 27 Hume
  • 37 Kilkenny

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 17 Saville (Reeves - 81' )
  • 29 Trotta Booked (Grigg - 65' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 26 Harris (Saunders - 39' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 07 Saunders
  • 10 El Alagui
  • 11 Grigg
  • 14 Logan
  • 22 Reeves
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 10,332

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

6 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 0, Brentford 3.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Brentford 3.

90:00 +3:07

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

90:00 +3:07

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:45

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +2:07

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

90:00 +1:56

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

90:00 +0:33

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:49

Foul by Iain Hume (Preston North End).

87:49

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:20

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

87:06 Booking

Booking Sam Saunders (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

86:25

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

86:25

William Grigg (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:57

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

83:57

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:55

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:55

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

81:58

Attempt missed. Jake Reeves (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

80:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Jake Reeves replaces George Saville.

79:41 Booking

Booking Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

79:39

Joe Garner (Preston North End) has gone down, but that's a dive.

78:55

Attempt saved. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:20

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

77:20

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:42

Foul by Iain Hume (Preston North End).

76:42

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:39

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

72:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Brentford 3. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Saville with a cross.

71:33

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

71:33

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:47

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

69:15

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Forshaw.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Chris Humphrey.

66:06

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Marcello Trotta.

64:12

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

64:12

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:54

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:03

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Button.

61:41

Attempt saved. John Welsh (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

59:41

Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:41

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

58:45 Booking

Booking Marcello Trotta (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

58:22

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:22

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

53:25

Attempt missed. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

53:08

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

52:37

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Button.

51:58

Penalty saved! Joe Garner (Preston North End) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

51:17

Penalty Preston North End. Tom Clarke draws a foul in the penalty area.

51:17

Penalty conceded by Jake Bidwell (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

50:37

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:37

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

46:07

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:36

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:36

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Brentford 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Keith Keane.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Josh Brownhill.

45:00 +5:35 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Brentford 2.

45:00 +5:08

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Button.

45:00 +4:34

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

45:00 +4:34

Keith Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:29

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

45:00 +3:29

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:33

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcello Trotta.

45:00 +2:19

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:37

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

45:00 +1:37

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:13

Foul by Marcello Trotta (Brentford).

42:13

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:42

Attempt missed. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

39:03

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

39:03

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Kadeem Harris because of an injury.

37:04

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:04

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

35:27 Booking

Booking Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

35:21

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:21

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

33:17

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:17

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

31:37

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:15 Booking

Booking Kevin Davies (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

29:56

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:56

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

27:33

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:33

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

25:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Brentford 2. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

25:28

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:37

Attempt blocked. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 0, Brentford 1. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

21:30 Booking

Booking Declan Rudd (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

21:25

Penalty Brentford. Clayton Donaldson draws a foul in the penalty area.

21:25

Penalty conceded by Declan Rudd (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

19:29

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

17:55

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

15:01

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:01

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

13:20

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:28

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

12:28

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:10

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:10

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

8:37

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Scott Laird.

7:33

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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