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Preston 2-3 West Brom: Darren Moore says there is 'more to come' from Albion

Darren Moore
Daren Moore's West Brom have won five out of their last six matches in the Championship.

West Brom boss Darren Moore promised there was "more to come" from his side after they moved to the top of the Championship table with victory at Preston.

After Ryan Ledson hit the post for North End in the first half, Rodriguez headed home Jake Livermore's cross.

Preston drew level when Andrew Hughes curled home the free-kick, but a Ben Davies own goal restored Albion's lead.

Gayle made it three with a free-kick of his own before Alan Browne headed Preston's second in added time.

"A win in this league is always good and to pick up three points on the road. I thought we were worthy winners today." Darren Moore told BBC Radio WM after the match.

"I always felt that we were in control of the game but just needed more urgency in possession of the ball to move them around a bit more. I have no complaints, the boys found the way to win the game."

The victory puts West Brom one point clear of Leeds, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United, while Preston dropped to the bottom with only five points from 10 games.

Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez's goal was his seventh of the season for West Brom

"We're a team in transition, we're a team trying to progress, we're a team trying to get results in a very tough division." Moore added.

"I really do feel there is more to come and together, collectively as a group, a unit and a football club we have to keep working.

"It's the whole group that has given us the platform to move forward and we have to keep moving forward."

In the first game between the two sides for eight years, Albion made the faster start and Chris Maxwell had to be alert to push away Kyle Bartley's header.

But Preston came closest in the opening 45 minutes as Alan Browne played the ball back to Ledson, who saw his effort cannon off the upright.

The Baggies asserted themselves after the restart and soon went in front as Rodriguez beat marker Jordan Storey to Livermore's ball into the box and headed powerfully into the top corner.

Hughes' equaliser gave North End hope of avoiding a fourth successive defeat, but Craig Dawson's cross skimmed off Davies' head keeper Maxwell could not keep it out of the net.

Gayle's goal appeared to have made things safe for Albion, but Preston were not finished and Browne reduced the deficit after Louis Moult had an effort saved by Sam Johnstone.

Preston boss Alex Neil said:

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about the table.

"We need to pick up a lot more points and pick them up quickly. Winning is a habit and losing can also be a habit. The fact is that we need to muck in together and it's frustrating for the players and the coach.

"All we can do is keeping working hard, they're a good bunch and they want to put it right. We've got two really important games coming up then a break then a batch of really important games. I think the character of the players and the club is that we don't give up, we keep going."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14Storey
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 2FisherSubstituted forHarropat 88'minutesSubstituted forat 90+8'minutes
  • 18Ledson
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Browne
  • 16Hughes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 53'minutes
  • 21BarkerSubstituted forMoultat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 5Clarke
  • 9Moult
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 29Barkhuizen

West Brom

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 80mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5Bartley
  • 12MearsBooked at 59mins
  • 8Livermore
  • 18BarryBooked at 23minsSubstituted forBruntat 72'minutes
  • 3GibbsBooked at 27mins
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 72'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forFieldat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 28Field
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
14,099

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Josh Harrop went off injured after Preston North End had used all subs.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, West Bromwich Albion 3. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Dwight Gayle.

Attempt saved. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Darnell Fisher.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, West Bromwich Albion 3. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Booking

Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Louis Moult replaces Brandon Barker.

Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Barker (Preston North End).

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Ben Davies, Preston North End. Preston North End 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Gareth Barry.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Harvey Barnes.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom1062225141120
2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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