Preston North End put on a superb second half display to comfortably beat Brentford 4-2 at Deepdale.
Aiden McGeady scored a brace and the pick of the goals, a 25 yard stunner into the bottom corner and then a finessed effort into the top right corner from the edge of the box.
Daryl Horgan was also on the scoresheet as he got his first goal in PNE colours and Callum Robinson poked home from close range.
Tom Field gave Brentford and early lead and Maxime Colin scored a consolation late on.
The away side opened the scoring with their first real attempt on target. Colin worked the ball well to earn Brentford a corner. Jota delivered and Field was unmarked in the box to head into the top right corner.
Six minutes later the Lilywhites equalised. The talented winger McGeady picked the ball up in Brentford’s half and drove at their defence. He found space from 25 yards out and rifled a shot into the bottom right corner.
With the scores level at 1-1 after only 18 minutes, this game was looking to guarantee goals.
North End began to dominate after equalising. A handful of attempts fell their way but none of them really tested Daniel Bentley. Robinson was first to try but he only stung the palms of the goal keeper. McGeady struck a free kick inches over the cross bar and then three minutes later Robinson tried again but was denied again.
The away side were well structured in handling PNE’s pressure and they caught the home team on the counter. Jota broke free down the right, the Spaniard cut inside and drilled and effort wide of Maxwell’s near post.
Preston started the second half with pace and power. Horgan found McGeady but his shot was blocked after only a minute of restarting.
52 minutes was played and McGeady turned assister for Robinson. The Irishman cut inside and curled a low ball into the six yard box for Robinson to poke home to give the home side the lead.
The Bees really struggled to keep up with the pace of Preston’s attacking options. Jota was their stand out performer and he tested Maxwell again but couldn’t beat him.
A huge chance to equalise was squandered by the away side 20 minutes into the second half. Tom Field skipped past Horgan and fizzed a low cross to Vibe who cheekily back heeled the ball goal wards. Cunningham was there to slide the ball off the line and prevent Brentford from drawing level.
Five minutes later PNE had a penalty appeal rejected as the full back Cunningham was released into the area by McGeady and was tripped by Colin however he was offside before the foul.
The Lilywhites turned on the style soon after by scoring twice in three minutes to put themselves comfortably 4-1 up. With 15 minutes left McGeady completed his brace. He dribbled through three Brentford defenders before finding space on the edge of the box and curled his shot into the top right corner.
Three minutes after Preston struck again. Substitute Tom Barkhuizen played Daryl Horgan clean through with only the keeper to beat. The January signing from Dundalk took his chance and grabbed his first goal for the club.
The home fans were really enjoying the performance from their team chanting: “We want five.” That was almost the case as Hugill rose above his marker and headed a whisker wide.
With the three points already in the bag for PNE they switched off and conceded a consolation goal. Colin found space on the right and shot from just inside the area, it deflected of Huntington before hitting the underside of the cross bar and going in.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson said after the game: “I know about the record against Brentford and ultimately they are there to be broken and that’s what we did.
“We were disappointed to go a goal down to a set piece, but we are delighted to win the game 4-2 and if you look at the chances it could have been more.”
Man of the match Aiden McGeady said: “I’ve been getting a few assists but haven’t scored since my debut. I’ve missed chances but I feel I have been playing well and scoring the goals today gave me confidence.”