Brentford 2-4 Preston North End, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 4-3-3



Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 2 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Brentford blew a two-goal first-half lead as Preston North End roared back to win 4-2 in a high scoring encounter at the Brentford Community Stadium.

It was a bright start for the Bees, as Josh Dasilva picked the ball up in plenty of space and flashed in a low cross towards Ivan Toney, who turned the ball into the net in the eighth minute. 

Toney then grabbed his brace just before half-time after a sensational pass from Sergi Canos found Bryan Mbuemo, who squared it to the Brentford frontman to finish off a sensational team goal. 

However, PNE pulled a goal back shortly after the restart through Scott Sinclair, who slotted home after Patrick Bauer’s knockdown. 

And the equaliser came not too long after with Sinclair drilling his second into the back of the net from a tight angle on the hour mark.

Just three minutes later, Brad Potts put the Lilywhites on top with a shot that froze Luke Daniels in his goal, and a fourth from Sean Maguire put the game well out of the Bees’ reach.

Brentford have now lost two of their opening four Championship fixtures, while Preston secured their first win of the new season.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Brad Potts’ powerful goal completed an impressive two-goal comeback for Preston North End.

Moan of the Match

Brentford fell apart defensively in the second period, as it seemed Preston just wanted it more in the end.

Talking Point

After Christian Norgaard limped off injured at 20 minutes, Brentford appeared to crumble. Just how costly could losing their star midfielder be for the Bees?

Man of the Match

Ivan Toney – grabbed an impressive first-half brace and did some good defensive work as well from set-pieces.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire) – seemed to forget the rules of the game at some points, looking like a complete amateur. An embarrassment of a performance.


It was cold, wet and miserable – a day where you could picture supporters decked out in scarves, jackets and beanies, cheering on their side despite the poor weather.


In a game that looked like it was on its way to becoming routine victory, Brentford spectacularly fell apart in what will go down as a very disappointing loss.

Line Ups

Brentford 4-3-3

Daniels; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Thompson; Marcondes (Benrahma, 68), Norgaard (Jensen,20), Dasilva; Mbeumo, Toney, Canos (Ghoddos, 68)

Subs not used:

Raya, Forss, Fosu, Sorenson

Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Rudd; Rafferty, Bauer, Davies, Hughes; Ledson, Pearson; Potts, Browne, Sinclair; Maguire (Jakobsen, 78)

Subs not used:

Harrop, Gallagher, Storey, Stockley, Ripley, Bodin

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