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Brentford 3-0 Preston North End: Bees win to confirm top-half finish

Brentford's Julian Jeanvier is stretchered off
Brentford's Julian Jeanvier was carried of on a stretcher after a 10-minute stoppage

Brentford secured a top-half Championship place with a commanding victory over fellow mid-table finishers Preston.

Home defender Julian Jeanvier was carried off on a stretcher after a head injury in the opening seconds at Griffin Park, leading to 13 minutes of added time in the first half.

Frenchman Jeanvier was knocked unconscious but recovered to take part in a lap of applause with his Bees team-mates after the match.

The Bees took the lead in during that period of injury time, centre-back Ezri Konsa sweeping home his first goal for the club from a ball across the box that was not cleared.

Neal Maupay turned in his 25th league goal of the season to double Brentford's advantage before substitute Marcus Forss fired in a third, low into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Sergi Canos was the architect for Maupay's strike, pulling a ball back from the byline, while Finnish forward Forss' goal was his first in the Championship.

Brentford finish 11th after a 14th home league win this term, with Alex Neil's Preston three places and three points behind.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC London:

"I'm pleased that we finished well, not only today but in general.

"It's a privilege to give debuts to young players - it was so nice to give a debut to Jaakko (Oksanen) but also Marcus scoring his first league goal is big.

"We know he's a talented striker that had a difficult season with a long-term injury - now he's coming back, so that's promising."

Preston boss Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm naturally disappointed - I didn't think we really threatened Brentford that much.

"When we're going forward it amounts to nothing really, and when they're going forward they're getting shots on target, corners and applying pressure.

"We didn't do basics in the game well enough - our use of the ball was quite safe and pedestrian, we didn't move it quickly enough."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26Konsa
  • 23JeanvierSubstituted forOdubajoat 12'minutes
  • 32Racic
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 17Marcondes
  • 14Dasilva
  • 3Henry
  • 7CanósSubstituted forForssat 79'minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forOksanenat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 24Ogbene
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen
  • 39Zamburek
  • 40Archibald

Preston

  • 25Ripley
  • 15Rafferty
  • 14Storey
  • 6Davies
  • 2FisherBooked at 65mins
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 28mins
  • 12Gallagher
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forGinnellyat 75'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forMoultat 61'minutes
  • 20StockleySubstituted forNmechaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 17Ginnelly
  • 23Huntington
  • 32O'Reilly
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,289

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Luka Racic.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Ginnelly (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Louis Moult is caught offside.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 3, Preston North End 0. Marcus Forss (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes following a fast break.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jaakko Oksanen (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alan Browne.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).

  15. Post update

    Marcus Forss (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jaakko Oksanen replaces Ollie Watkins.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Sergi Canos.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Da Silva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sergi Canos.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Josh Ginnelly.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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