Preston 4-2 Brentford: North End come from behind to win
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 13/02/17 3:02pm
Aiden McGeady's double helped Preston put a four-match Championship winless streak to bed as they came from behind to beat Brentford 4-2 at Deepdale.
Tom Field handed the Bees an early lead but McGeady levelled with a magnificent strike and Callum Robinson gave North End the advantage after the break.
McGeady's sublime second was quickly followed by Daryl Horgan's first Preston goal, while Maxime Colin's late deflected effort proved a consolation for the visitors.
Right-back Colin latched onto Harlee Dean's ball forward after five minutes to force Chris Maxwell into a smart save as the Londoners started brightly.
And the away side took a 12th-minute lead when Jota's corner was met by an unmarked Field to head home, as the Lilywhites defence fell asleep.
McGeady then drew Preston level after unleashing a sublime shot from at least 20 yards which flew past Daniel Bentley for his second of the campaign.
Jota almost handed his side back the lead with a teasing 36th-minute effort which curled wide, while Maxwell was quick off his line to deny Florian Jozefzoon just before the break.
But Robinson handed Preston the lead after tapping home from McGeady's 52nd-minute ball into the box for his seventh league strike this season.
Shortly after, Bees skipper Dean attempted to drag his side back into the game with an ambitious long range effort which sailed just over.
Field then ghosted past Horgan and set up Lasse Vibe, whose flick trickled towards goal and off the post before being cleared by some last ditch Preston defending.
McGeady wrapped up the points with a quarter of an hour left after shrugging off two challenges and curling a fantastic shot past Bentley.
Hugill nearly added Preston's fourth moments later after racing clear to go one-on-one but Bentley was quick off his line. But Horgan made no mistake after being slipped in by Ben Pearson and coolly slotting home in a Preston counterattack on 77 minutes, while Colin grabbed one back for Brentford a minute from the end as his heavily deflected effort went in off the bar.
Preston boss Simon Grayson:
"Everybody knows Aiden's quality and what he's got - both feet, he can go past defenders, he can shoot from distance, free-kicks. Sometimes it doesn't go your way and sometimes you get a day like today where everything you hit is a sweet connection and give the goalkeeper no chances.
"People talked leading up to the game about the record that we've got against Brentford but records are there to be broken. I thought we knew what we had to do."
Brentford boss Dean Smith:
"I feel it's one missed because I felt we were well on top for an hour of the game really until they scored the third goal. We knew this would be tough but now we've got Reading away and then Sheffield Wednesday the following Tuesday so we'll be on the road a bit. We have to make sure that we're better defensively.
"I was disappointed with our defensive organisation after the third goal. They broke twice and had one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and they've got the chance where they've scored as well. That's what's disappointing and annoying."