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Brentford Match Preview

2 October 2020

Preston North End make their first visit to the Brentford Community Stadium this Sunday afternoon in the last Championship game before the international break.

The Lilywhites will be looking to give themselves positive first experiences of the Bees new home, having not had many great memories of Griffin Park in the last decade!

They head to West London with new signing Emil Riis Jakobsen, who gained international clearance on Friday and can go straight into the squad for the clash against compatriot Thomas Frank’s side.

The Bees head into the fixture in excellent form, a 3-0 demolition of Premier League Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday (the date being the reason the fixture moved to the Sunday), being their aperitif for their next Championship encounter.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (4/46)
Date: Sunday 4th October, kick-off 2pm
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
Kit: 2020/21 third ‘green’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 21; Draws – 13; Brentford - 24

Team News
Tom Barkhuizen misses the game through suspension, after his appeal against his red card issued versus Stoke City was dismissed by an FA Panel, but reduced from three games to just this one at the home of the Bees.

Manager Alex Neil is hoping to be able to include Daniel Johnson, however, who has missed the last few games with a groin injury, but is getting closer to a return to action.

New signing and Danish U21 international Emil Riis Jakobsen has received international clearance and is available to be included in the squad.

Darnell Fisher remains on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury and Louis Moult continues to build his fitness and is back outside on the grass after a year out with an ACL injury.

Saman Ghoddos received international clearance in time to make his Bees debut against Fulham on Thursday, while Thomas Frank also included Said Benrahma – who scored twice against the Cottagers, but Rico Henry missed out due to a low-grade hamstring issue.

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Match Officials
Sunday's game sees Dean Whitestone appointed as match official. He refereed four North End games last season, including the home game with QPR - the last before lockdown in March and our home win over Charlton Athletic in late January.

The Northamptonshire official has refereed PNE games on 13 previous occasions, the first of which was at Bramall Lane back in October 2008.

He has officiated three games so far this fledgling campaign, issuing three cautions and no red cards – his last game being QPR's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last Saturday.

Two of the stand-out PNE games he has been in charge of, were a 3-0 victory at Barnsley in August 2009, and a 3-1 triumph on the road at Doncaster in October 2012.

The rest of Sunday's official will be made up of assistant referees Mark Russell and rob Smith, whilst the fourth official will be experienced Championship official Tim Robinson.

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

Guy Clarke and former North End defender Paul Sparrow are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Brentford Community Stadium from 1.45pm on Sunday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil Expects Keenly Contested Game: Manager Alex Neil is expecting a tough game on Sunday afternoon as PNE travel to Brentford Community Stadium for the first time. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: Preston North End didn’t have too many successful afternoons at Griffin Park, but a 2-0 win over Brentford in 1988 sent the Lilywhites home happy. Click here for the details.

Browne Relishing Senior Role: Wearing the captain’s armband when called upon has been something of a regular occurrence for Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne over the last 12 months. Click here for Alan’s thoughts.

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Preston North End 4

4 October 2020

Four goals in 18 second half minutes saw the Lilywhites stun Brentford with a brilliant second half comeback to win 4-2 on their first visit to the Brentford Community Stadium.

They found themselves 2-0 down at half-time, as both first half goals came against the run of play, the Bees scoring with their first chance when Ivan Toney slided home from Josh Dasilva’s left-wing cross, and then another one-touch finish from the former Peterborough man following a ball in from Bryan Mbeumo on the left.

But they came out and blew the Bees away in the opening period of the second half, with Scott Sinclair scoring twice to draw level, before Brad Potts and Sean Maguire made it 4-2 in a brilliant display by Alex Neil’s men to record their first three points of the new season.

The Lilywhites did not deserve to be behind for their efforts, having 60 per cent of possession and creating good chances, but the hosts got their noses in front on eight minutes.

Dasilva broke onto a ball from the midfield down the left-hand side, he drove in towards the edge of the left side of the penalty area before pulling the ball across to the edge of the six-yard box, where Toney fired home low into the bottom left-hand corner.

Undeterred, North End continued to press and good play on 11 minutes saw skipper Alan Browne and Scott Sinclair combining to create a chance for Sean Maguire, whose left-footed shot was well saved by Daniels low to his right.

More good build-up play on the right saw Joe Rafferty find Browne, who ran in behind and pulled the ball back to the penalty spot and a corner was conceded, with Patrick Bauer unable to find a team-mate with a head down from Ryan Ledson’s cross from the right.

Just after the half hour mark, Browne fired on target a left-footed volley after a Ledson ball from the right, following more good build-up play by PNE.

But two minutes before the interval, Toney doubled his and the Bees’ advantage after a swift counter-attack; a ball from left back to right wing by Sergi Canos found Bryan Mbeumo, who in turn played it back into Toney and he fired home from 15 yards out.

North End got back in the game seven minutes after the break, with an excellent run forward from Patrick Bauer, who was found by a deep cross from Rafferty on the right, the German heading it down for Scott Sinclair on the penalty spot, who drilled into the middle of the goal to make it 2-1.

And the same man levelled it up on the hour mark. It came from fantastic pressure down the left, Andrew Hughes robbing Mbeumo and then finding Sinclair with a drilled low pass across from the left, who collected it and drilled the ball into the bottom right corner.

They completely reversed things by 63 minutes with Brad Potts this time on the score sheet. It was a superb individual goal, found by Ledson outside the box, before ghosting into the penalty area and drilling a hard, low shot past Luke Daniels into the bottom left-hand corner for a third goal in 11 minutes.

Thomas Frank played all his cards at the second period’s mid-point, throwing in Said Benrahma and Saman Ghoddos, having already needing to bring on Mathias Jansen due to injury in the first half.

But it was North End who made it 4-2 with 20 minutes left. A superb corner from the left by Ledson presented a deep ball that Ben Davies headed down and Sean Maguire swivelled and fired home from seven yards out in the middle of the goal.

Emil Riis replaced Maguire with 12 minutes to go, but it was Ben Pearson who went close to a fifth, when Potts found him from the right, following good play again by Rafferty – the North End No.4’s drilled shot coming off home captain Pontus Jansson and ricocheting up for Daniels to eventually claim and it remained 4-2 with PNE seeing it out.

Brentford line-up: Daniels, Thompson, Pinnock, Norgaard (Jansen, 19), Canos (Ghoddos, 68), Emiliano (Benrahma, 68), Dasilva, Toney, Jansson (c), Mbeumo, Dalsgaard. Subs not used: Raya, Forss, Fosu, Sorensen.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Rafferty, Hughes, Pearson, Bauer, Davies, Potts, Ledson, Maguire (Riis, 78), Browne (c), Sinclair. Subs not used: Ripley, Harrop, Gallagher, Storey, Stockley, Bodin.

Referee: Mr D Whitestone

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