Watkins strikes as Brent­ford win eight in a row

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Subject - By So­nia Twigg at Grif­fin Park

Brent­ford closed the gap on the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places to one point thanks to a fourth-minute goal by Ol­lie Watkins.

Watkins grabbed his 25th goal of the sea­son to move ahead of Ful­ham’s Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic in the Cham­pi­onship golden boot race.

The win ex­tends Brent­ford’s flaw­less record since the re­sump­tion, and equals a club record of eight suc­ces­sive league wins in the same sea­son in what could be their penul­ti­mate match at Grif­fin Park.

Thomas Frank, the man­ager, said: “I will sit down with a glass of wine and think it’s ac­tu­ally quite good. Eight wins on the bounce, eight well-de­served wins. We want more and to aim higher but no mat­ter what is thrown to­wards us we are ready for it. Why not give it a go for the di­rect pro­mo­tion?”

Pre­ston have en­dured dif­fer­ent for­tunes since the restart, hav­ing been sixth in Fe­bru­ary. They cur­rently sit ninth, five points off the fi­nal play-off spot, but man­ager Alex Neil in­sisted the race was not over. He said: “It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause I thought we had some good per­for­mances and I thought in the sec­ond half we penned them in for the first 20 min­utes.” Brent­ford (4-3-3) Raya; Dals­gaard, Jans­son, Pin­nock, Henry; Mar­con­des (Zam­bu­rek 88), Nor­gaard, Jensen (Dasilva 67); Mbeumo (Va­len­cia 75), Watkins, Ben­rahma. Subs Canos, Dervi­soglu, Jean­vier, Fosu, Daniels (g), Ras­mussen. Booked Watkins, Ben­rahma.

Pre­ston North End (3-5-2) Rudd; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; Raf­ferty, Led­son (Har­rop 84), John­son, Browne (Potts 74), Raf­ferty; Maguire (Bodin 84), Barkhuizen (Sin­clair 75). Subs Gal­lagher, Stock­ley, Hunt­ing­ton, Hud­son (g), Nu­gent. Booked Raf­ferty.

Ref­eree Dar­ren Eng­land (South York­shire).

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