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Preston North End Match Preview

All the details ahead of tomorrow's trip to Deepdale

27 October 2017

Preston North End vs Brentford

Saturday 28 October

Deepdale, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Preston North End have enjoyed a fine start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign and sit just outside the Play-Off places after 13 games, under new manager Alex Neil. 

Having replaced Simon Grayson, who led North End to back-to-back top-half finishes, Neil kept things quiet over the summer transfer window, bringing in just two players. Sean Maguire joined a strong Irish contigent at Deepdale from Cork City while Darnell Fisher signed from Rotherham.

On the pitch, North End have been beaten just twice in the league this campaign although they do go into Saturday's game without a win in three games. After being sent off in their defeat to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, Alan Browne is suspended for tomorrow's game while Declan Rudd, Tommy Spurr, Tom Clarke and Greg Cunningham also miss out through injury. However, Marnick Vermijl and Sean Maguire are both back available for selection

The Manager

Alex Neil didn't take long to make his mark as a manager after hanging up his boots at the tender age of 31. As a player, Neil had spells both sides of the border with Airdrieonians, Mansfield Town, and Barnsley before returning North of the border to join Hamilton Academical. He made more than 200 appearances at New Douglas Park and helped Accies gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2008.

After Billy Reid stepped down in April 2013, Neil was handed the manager's job on an interim basis before being appointed the full-time boss that summer. During his first season in charge, he guided Hamilton back to the top tier in Scotland and then oversaw their first win away at Celtic Park for 76 years. Neil answered Norwich's call in January 2015 and won 17 of his first 25 games in charge to bring Premier League football back to Carrow Road. The Scot couldn't prevent relegation from the top flight at the first attempt and an indifferent run back in the second tier saw Neil depart Carrow Road last March.

Pre-Match Briefing

Dean Smith: "It will be a tough ask for us"

Ollie Watkins: "Once it starts clicking everyone will see how good we really are"

Opposition View: Lancashire Evening Press' Dave Seddon on Saturday's trip to Deepdale

We Meet Again: Re-live our trip to Deepdale in January 2016 as three goals saw us return with the three points 

Ticket News

Tickets for Saturday's game are on General Sale now from £24 adults and £8 Juniors. Get your tickets for the visit of Sunderland here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.45pm tomorrow with Chris Wickham hosting Matchday Live alongside Ciaran Brett.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Preston North End 2 Brentford 3

Bees victorious in Lancashire

28 October 2017

Goals from Nico Yennaris, Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins saw Brentford run out winners during a pulsating encounter with Preston North End.

Having twice been pegged back at Deepdale, Watkins netted the winner in the 69th minute to extend The Bees’ unbeaten run to seven in the Sky Bet Championship.

There was a solitary change following the high-scoring draw with Sunderland last time out; Kamohelo Mokotjo favoured over Romaine Sawyers as Dean Smith looked to add bite to The Bees' midfield.

It was Preston who worked the first chance following a cagey opening. Having won the ball on the second bounce and wrestled off Andreas Bjelland, Jordan Hugill picked out Tom Barkhuizen on the right-hand side who sliced well over the crossbar and into The Bees fans behind the goal. Brentford responded immediately; Henrik Dalsgaard advancing from his right-back berth and dragging well wide of the near post.

Hugill and Barkhuizen linked up again with 13 minutes on the clock, the former curling one the wrong side of Dan Bentley’s left-hand post following an advance towards the six-yard box. Florian Jozefzoon had shown signs of life during the game’s infancy and it was the Dutchman who tested Chris Maxwell for the first time on 17 minutes – the North End keeper equal to his low drive from the edge of the area.  

Ryan Woods nodded over the resultant corner and Lasse Vibe went close during the next phase of play as the visitors moved through the gears at a damp Deepdale. With 25 minutes on the clock Brentford’s good start became a great one. Jozefzoon forced a sharp save from Maxwell but Yennaris – just as he had been for the opener against Sunderland – was in the right place at the right time to convert from close range.

North End came close to an instant response; Maguire nodding Johnson's cross just over the bar having wiggled free of his marker. But Maguire and Preston weren’t to be denied as the hosts restored parity shortly before the interval; the Irish forward collecting the ball from deep, surging into the area and firing home from just inside the box.

Goal-scorer Yennaris was stretchered off to applause from all four sides of the ground as a relentless first half came to its conclusion.

It was Yennaris’ replacement, Sawyers, who would steal the spotlight following the resumption of play. Having weathered the storm during the opening exchanges, Brentford re-took the lead shortly before the hour mark. Josh Clarke’s cross from the right-hand side fell to Sawyers on the edge of the area, who hammered home at the second time of asking having scuffed his initial effort.

The Bees’ lead proved to be short-lived. Callum Robinson’s near miss on 65 minutes foreshadowed what was to come as, just two minutes later, Barkhuizen lashed past Bentley on the half volley from 20 yards.

It was advantage Brentford two minutes later; Watkins turning in Jozefzoon’s cross for his sixth goal of the season in what was becoming a roller coaster ride in the North West.

Despite six minutes of injury time – and plenty of huff and puff from the visitors – Dean Smith’s side defended resolutely to secure all three points.   


Preston North End: Maxwell; Fisher, Woods, Huntington, Earl; Pearson, Johnson, Barkhuizen (Mavididi 83), Robinson (Harrop 71); Maguire (Horgan 77), Hugill

Subs not used: Hudson, O'Connor, Boyle, Gallagher

Bookings: Maguire (2), Woods (82)


Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Bjelland, Egan, Dalsgaard; Mokotjo, Woods, Yennaris (Sawyers 45+5); Watkins, Vibe (Maupay 90+1), Jozefzoon (Canos 75)

Subs not used: Daniels, McEachran, Barbet, Mepham,

Bookings: - 


Attendance: (12,005)

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day this afternoon

Tickets will be available on matchday as we visit Deepdale

28 October 2017

Tickets will be on sale, cash and card accepted, from the Away ticket office, located at the Bill Shankly Kop adjacent to the away turnstiles, from 1pm as Dean Smith's Bees take on Preston North End. 


Young Persons
Full-time Student /
Bill Shankly Kop £24 £15 £15 £15 £8


Fulltime student ID/Apprenticeship ID must be presented at the turnstiles if buying that age category and must be aged 22-24 only. Under 11 tickets can only be bought with a full paying adult ticket. If these are ordered outside this criteria the order will be cancelled. This is a reserved seating fixture

Collections and duplicate ticket printing will also be from the Away Ticket Office.

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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