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Preston North End 2-0 Brentford: Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen score in win for Lilywhites

Sean Maguire
Sean Maguire last played against Sheffield Wednesday in August

Preston moved into the Championship play-off places after goals from Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen settled their game with Brentford.

Maguire, back in the side after missing two matches with an eye injury, opened the scoring when he controlled a Ryan Ledson cross and fired past David Raya.

Barkhuizen, who had a penalty shout turned down, settled the match when he converted Darnell Fisher's cross.

Bryan Mbeumo and Said Benrahma both went close for Brentford.

Maguire opened the scoring after just four minutes after Brentford failed to clear a corner.

The visitors were slow out of the blocks but did create a number of decent chances.

French winger Mbeumo should have scored when put in from Ollie Watkins' flick-on and Benrahma's 30-yard effort was batted away by Preston keeper Declan Rudd.

Rudd also saved with his legs from Ollie Watkins, while Mbeumo's curling effort landed on the roof of the box.

But Preston wrapped up the game with 20 minutes to go when Barkhuizen, who thought he should have had a penalty in the first half, was teed up after lovely interplay from Joe Rafferty and Fisher.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I think tactically they're probably the hardest team in the league I would say at the moment to play because of their shape, in terms of how you need to play.

"We wanted to play on top of them and force ourselves on to them, try and blitz them and get a couple of goals.

"I thought we should have done that. We get one goal, Billy (Bodin) also gets in behind three times down that side and we should have done better. I think that we were really brave in terms of how we set up."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank:

"I think that the best team won the game on the day. I think Preston were better than us.

"We didn't win enough duels and second balls, especially in the middle of the pitch. When we had the opportunities to create something, we lacked the quality on the day, decision-making and simple passing mistakes.

"The second half was better, but we were not up there to really threaten the game."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherBooked at 60mins
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 8Browne
  • 18LedsonSubstituted forGallagherat 55'minutes
  • 39BodinSubstituted forHarropat 65'minutes
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 78mins
  • 24Maguire
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forPottsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Storey
  • 19Green
  • 20Stockley
  • 25Ripley
  • 44Potts

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 7Canós
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 78mins
  • 8JensenSubstituted forDasilvaat 73'minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forMokotjoat 65'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Dasilva
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
12,873

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Brentford 0.

Offside, Brentford. Henrik Dalsgaard tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Potts (Preston North End).

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Potts (Preston North End).

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Dasilva replaces Mathias Jensen.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

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

Foul by Sergi Canós (Brentford).

Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sergi Canós (Brentford).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Brentford 0. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Offside, Preston North End. Declan Rudd tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Billy Bodin.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Declan Rudd (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Charlton7421116514
3Bristol City7421139414
4Leeds6411103713
5Preston7412137613
6West Brom7340118313
7QPR74121211113
8Birmingham741278-113
9Nottm Forest7331106412
10Fulham7322116511
11Blackburn731377010
12Sheff Wed63038629
13Middlesbrough72328809
14Cardiff7232810-29
15Millwall723259-49
16Luton72141213-17
17Reading721489-17
18Brentford721456-17
19Derby7142710-37
20Hull7133811-36
21Barnsley612349-55
22Wigan7124613-75
23Huddersfield6015511-61
24Stoke7016717-101
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