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Match Preview: Preston North End vs Brentford

Thomas Frank takes The Bees to Deepdale tonight

24 October 2018

Following Saturday's defeat at Griffin Park, Thomas Frank takes his charges to Preston North End this evening knowing a win could move The Bees back into the Sky Bet Championship top six. Here's tonight's big match

THE OPPOSITION

After missing out on the Play-Offs by just two points in May, Alex Neil's side haven't been able to hit the same heights against this term as they head into tonight's game inside the bottom three and with just two Sky Bet Championship victories to their name. 

That said, a recent run of one defeat in five, which included a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic last time out at Deepdale, indicates that a corner might have been turned in Lancashire.

North End have had no problem scoring goals, their 19 strikes is three more than league leaders Middlesbrough, but it's defensively where they have struggled, shipping a league-high 25 goals in 13 games so far. 

After such an impressive showing last term, it was a very quiet summer on the transfer front with Michael Crowe [Ipswich Town] and Michael Howard [Cork City] the only arrivals.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank will be without the suspended Chris Mepham tonight while Julian Jeanvier faces a race to be fit due to a foot injury. 

After more than a year out, Rico Henry will make his return for Brentford B this evening against Southampton at Griffin Park while Emiliano Marcondes returned to light training on Monday after missing three months with a foot injury. 

North End will be without Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop, both of whom have torn ACLs, and Calum Woods, who has a calf injury, for tonight's game.

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. The 37-year-old wasn't out of work long with Preston appointing him as manager in July 2017.

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 22

Draws: 13

Preston wins: 19

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

Thomas Frank feels there's plenty more to come from his side

Josh McEachran on fatherhood, family day, and Preston fixture

Hot off the Press: Lancashire Evening Post's Dave Seddon on what to expect from North End

Travel Guide: Plan your day at Deepdale with our Matchday guide

Ref Watch: Scott Duncan has been handed tonight's visit to Lancashire

LAST TIME OUT

It's almost a year to the day since our last trip to Deepdale and we returned south with the three points

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

There'll be Pay on the Day at Deepdale tonight from the Away Ticket Office in the Bill Shankley Kop:

Adults (22-64) £24

Seniors £16

Students and Apprentices (22-24)/Young Adult (19-21) £15

11-18 £8

Under 11 £2

Preston have put together a guide for Away Supporters which can be viewed here

MATCH COVERAGE

Chris Wickham and Ben Burgess will be bringing you live commentary from Deepdale this evening. 

Tonight's match will also be broadcast live on iFollow for both domestic and international supporters. For more information click here

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

Report: Preston North End 4 Brentford 3

Bees on the wrong side of seven-goal thriller

24 October 2018

Three goals in the opening 23 minutes sent Preston North End on their way as Brentford slipped to a defeat at Deepdale.

Neal Maupay’s late strike set up a tense finish, but The Bees couldn’t find an all-important fourth goal.

Thomas Frank made three changes to the side that suffered defeat against Bristol City last time out. With Chris Mepham serving a one-game suspension, Moses Odubajo was chosen on the left of a back four with Yoann Barbet shifted inside to partner Ezri Konsa. Kamohelo Mokotjo and Nico Yennaris – who was making his 150th appearance for The Bees – made up a midfield three alongside Romaine Sawyers.

It was Preston who break the deadlock on five minutes. Callum Robinson's shot from the edge of the area deflected perfectly into the path of Alan Browne who got enough of a touch to beat Daniel Bentley.

The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later. Collecting a ball from the right, Robinson took a touch to set himself before lashing home from 25 yards.

Preston bagged themselves a third on 23 minutes. Lukas Nmecha’s indirect free-kick rebounded off Tom Barkhuizen and into the net, wrong-footing the helpless Bentley.

Preston’s third goal had given Brentford a mountain to climb but Canós gave the visitors a foothold before the half-hour mark. Skipping past a couple of challenges on his way in from the left flank, the former Liverpool man arrowed an unstoppable effort across the face of goal and into the top corner - a screamer from the Spaniard.

Lifted by Canós’ goal, it was Brentford who ended the half the stronger of the two sides. Romaine Sawyers threatened twice in as many minutes shortly before the interval; his first effort fumbled by Chris Maxwell and the second narrowly clearing the crossbar.

Maxwell was called into action immediately after the break as The Bees looked to build on their strong end to the first half. The Wales Under-23 ‘keeper made a smart double-save on 46 minutes, first to deny Yennaris and then Canós.

The hosts responded with a chance of their own two minutes later as Ben Pearson forced Bentley into a starfish-like save at his near post.

Despite Pearson’s effort, the momentum was very much with The Bees and they reduced Preston’s lead to a single goal on 56 minutes. Stood up by Darnell Fisher inside the visitors’ area, Ollie Watkins didn’t need to beat his marker as he snuck a shot past Maxwell via the foot of the North End defender.

Brentford were dealt a hammer blow on 69 minutes as the hosts added another goal to their tally. Following a foray down the right-hand side, Daniel Johnson flashed a low ball across the face of the box that was met by Robinson for his second strike of the evening.

Frank’s side were not going down without a fight. Maupay set up a grandstand finish with five minutes remaining, hooking the ball into the roof of the net having been found with a flick-on inside the North End area.

Despite their best efforts during five minutes of stoppage time, The Bees couldn’t find an equaliser as they slipped to a defeat at Deepdale.

 

Preston North End: Maxwell, Fisher, Pearson, Davies, Robinson, Browne, Johnson (Gallagher 90), Hughes, Huntington, Barkhuizen (Maguire 87), Nmecha (Moult 90)

Subs (not used): Rudd, Earl, Storey, Barker

Bookings: Fisher (66), Davies (78)

 

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Barbet, Odubajo; Mokotjo, Yennaris; Canós (Judge 76), Sawyers (Macleod 70), Watkins (Benrahma 70); Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, McEachran, Cole, Carroll

Bookings: Sawyers (23) (third of season), Konsa (38) (second of season)

 

Attendance: 10,833 (268 away)

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Pay on the day at Preston

The Bees travel to Preston North End this evening - join us there

24 October 2018

The Bees travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End today, Wednesday 24 October. With tickets available to buy at the ground this evening there is still time to make the trip and help our players push up the table.

PRICES 

 

Adults 
(22-64)

Seniors 
(65+)
Students and Apprentices
(22-24)
Young Adult 
(19-21)
Juniors 
(11-18)
Junior 
(under 11)
Standard prices £24 £16 £15 £15 £8 £2
Disabled £24 £16 £15 £15 £8 £2

 

TRAVEL INFO

 Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 1.30pm. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 

Travel Club 
Members

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members

General
Sale

Prices £34 £38 £42

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com

MATCHDAY INFO

Student Full time ID Required.

Juniors under 14 must be accompanied by an over 18.

Preston have confirmed that they will be selling tickets on the gate from the away ticket office in the Bill Shankly Kop from 6pm on the night. Cash and card payments will be accepted, this is also the collection point for tickets sent to Deepdale or ones that need duplication. 

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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