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Brentford Match Preview

8 April 2021

After four points from two tough Easter weekend games, the Lilywhites host another of the promotion hopefuls when Thomas Frank’s Brentford arrive in PR1 on Saturday.

First Team News

Back The Boys Against The Bees On iFollow PNE

8 April 2021

The Bees have stumbled of late, with just one win in their last six games and look likely to have to settle for the Play-Offs for the second season in a row, with both Norwich and Watford seemingly relentless in their chase for the top two.

The season has been another impressive one for the West London club, with goals galore from their big money replacement for Messrs Benrhama and Watkins, in Ivan Toney – who already has an astonishing 28 to his name this season.

For PNE, they head into the game in a positive frame of mind with two 90-plus minute goals in interim head coach Frankie McAvoy’s first games in charge, earning them a point against the Canaries and the late win at Swansea.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (41/46)
Date: Saturday 12th April, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Deepdale
Kit: 2020/21 home kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 22; Draws – 13; Brentford - 24

Team News
Interim head coach Frankie McAvoy was down to the bare bones for the Easter Monday trip to Swansea City.

Anthony Gordon, Daniel Johnson, Sean Maguire and Joe Rafferty joined Greg Cunningham, Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer on the sidelines.

However, there is brighter news going into the weekend, with skipper Alan Browne back after his three-match ban was completed with the win in South Wales.

For Thomas Frank, only Henrik Dalsgaard is a doubt, having missed the last few games on the right-side of the Bees backline.


Match Officials
It’s Tony Harrington’s fifth game in charge of PNE this season on Saturday and his fourth trip to Deepdale, the last being the clash with Watford in February.

Despite the quintet of games in 2020/21, he took charge of just one game last season, the home game with Gary Rowett’s Millwall at Deepdale, but in 2018/19 he took charge of three PNE games, the March trip to Reading, the 2-0 cup win at Leeds United back in August 2018 and the home game against West Bromwich Albion that autumn.

Tony has been a familiar face over recent seasons. In 2017/18 he visited Deepdale twice,
the Lilywhites’ opening day 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in Alex Neil’s first competitive game in charge of the club, and our Bank Holiday Monday clash with Derby County.

The previous season he also took charge of another two North End games, the 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest and the thrilling 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale – so he has officiated this game before!

The match official, who is now in his tenth year on the EFL list, has also been to PR1 on a number of previous occasions in the past, including the 2014/15 penalty win against Oldham Athletic in the JPT and the club’s last two home league games against Notts County, including a 2-0 win over the Magpies at Deepdale in February 2014.

This will be the Cleveland referee’s 32 game of the season and so far he had issued 85 cautions and four red cards, including Joe Rafferty in PNE’s clash with Blackburn Rovers and it will be his third Brentford game of the season.

He will be joined by assistants Shaun Hudson and Matthew Jones, whilst the fourth official is experienced Championship referee Darren Bond.

Match Coverage
North End fans can watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 match pass available now.

Jonathan Breeze and former North End defender Michael Jackson are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Deepdale from 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Frankie McAvoy On The ‘Honour’ To Wear The Badge: Preston North End’s interim head coach Frankie McAvoy says he has stressed to the players what an honour and a privilege it is to wear the club’s colours every day. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: Just over four years ago, Aiden McGeady's double helped the Lilywhites beat Brentford in fine fashion at Deepdale. Click here for the details.

Alan Browne Expecting To Have To Work For Place: Preston North End captain Alan Browne says he does not have any right to go back into the side as he returns from a three match ban this weekend. Click here for Alan’s thoughts.

The One And Only Issue 21: Saturday’s match programme sees the scorer of the last game at Deepdale, late equaliser Brad Potts, as the main interviewee in the 21st edition of the 2020/21 matchday programme. Click here for more information.

A Foot In Both Camps: Ahead of the weekend’s clash with the promotion-chasing Bees, we caught up with former Brentford and North End player John Mousinho, now playing at Oxford United. Click here to read more.

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Match Reports

PNE 0 Brentford 5

10 April 2021

Goals from Bryan Mbeumo, Marcus Forss, Ivan Toney, Sergi Canos and Emiliano Marcondes gave Brentford the points at Deepdale.

First Team News

Ledson: “A Tough One To Take”

10 April 2021

Interim head coach Frankie McAvoy kept the side that had defeated Swansea City on Easter Monday, with skipper Alan Browne and Anthony Gordon returning to the bench after suspension and injury respectively.

And the Lilywhites started brightly, former Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya making a save from a deep Ryan Ledson corner and then Tarique Fosu cleared as early as the seventh minute.

But the visitors went in front, against the run of play, on nine minutes. Mads Roeslev got down the right-hand side of the box and pulled the ball back for the run of French U21 striker Mbeumo, who fired home from 12 yards out.

A great chance to draw level came mid-way through the first half, as a long throw from Tom Barkhuizen was flicked on in the penalty area, falling to Emil Riis just inside the box. The Dane drilled a vicious shot on target, but Ethan Pinnock got a knee in the way and diverted the ball behind for a corner.

And PNE were punished on 26 minutes when Roeslev again got space to pull the ball back from the edge of the area for Forss to fire low to the left of the goal from 15 yards out.

North End’s management team looked to take the game to the opposition, throwing three substitutes on early in the second half, with Browne, Gordon and Scott Sinclair all added to the options, with a change to 4-3-3.

First Team News

Frankie: “We’ve Got To Take It On The Chin”

10 April 2021

But with the attacking options on the pitch, it also meant gaps, that were exploited by the Bees. Ivan Toney headed home from close range with a quarter of an hour left, with a stood up cross from the left by Fosu.

And after a well-hit effort by Barkhuizen went just over, after going past two defenders down the left, the visitors made it four when Toney pulled the ball back from the left-hand byline and substitute Sergi Canos fired home from a yard out.

And in injury time another substitute, Emiliano Marcondes, fired home via deflected shot under Daniel Iversen from eight yards out to the right of goal to finish the scoring.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Lindsay (Browne, 53), Storey, Hughes, Whiteman (Molumby, 76), Ledson (c), Riis (Sinclair, 53), Evans (Bodin, 77), Barkhuizen, Potts (Gordon, 53). Subs not used: Hudson, Bayliss, Moult, Huntington.

Brentford line-up: Raya, Pinnock, Norgaard, Jensen (Marcondes, 83), Forss (Canos, 79), Toney, Jansson (c), Mbeumo, Fosu (Ghoddos, 79), Janelt (Bidstrup, 83), Roerslev (Stevens, 87). Subs not used: Daniels, Goode, Reid, Sorensen.

Referee: Mr T Harrington

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