Brentford produced a vintage away performance to claim a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Preston, inflicting North End's first home defeat of the season.

The Bees took the lead midway through the first half as Nico Yennaris headed home after Florian Jozefzoon's cross was saved by Chris Maxwell.

The Lancashire side were back on level terms two minutes before half time as Sean Maguire was given time and space to fire home.

Seconds later, Jordan Hugill crashed into Yennaris, knocking the Bees midfielder out cold.

Brentford rallied in the second half and Romaine Sawyers, who replaced the midfielder, restored the lead.

But the Bees had only themselves to blame as they failed to sufficiently clear a ball into the box with Tom Barkhuizen rifling home.

However, you never write off this team, and Jozefzoon teed up Ollie Watkins to tap home the winner.

Here are four talking points to take from the game.

Yennaris injury

For me, I felt Jordan Hugill's collision with Nico Yennaris was accidental. The relief is that the midfielder is okay after being knocked unconscious.

The blow will rule out the midfielder from Wednesday's trip to Birmingham and he will be a big loss for the Bees.

Yennaris took control of the midfield early on in the first half and his ability to get into the penalty area at the right time is second to none in the midfield.


Romaine Sawyers

The best thing about Brentford's win was the character shown by the 11 men in green.

To go 1-0 up, be pegged back and then see a key player stretchered off would be difficult for any side.

But to go 2-1 up and see the home side come back again would have been a bitter pill to swallow.

So, for the Bees to emerge as 3-2 winners shows the character in this Brentford side and Dean Smith must take credit for keeping the spirits of the squad high.

Facing a Birmingham side that bought three Brentford players in August, this must continue on Wednesday night to ensure that bragging rights are had over their former players.

Mighty Mokotjo

Kamo Mokotjo

Kamo Mokotjo missed out in the last two home games but was restored at Deepdale and he excelled behind enemy lines.

He covered every blade of grass and showed why he was seen as the general during his early career in Denmark.

It looks as if we are seeing the player Brentford have been so keen to sign him for two years and long may it continue.

Jolly Jozefzoon

Sergi Canos congratulates Florian Jozefzoon after his shot goes in via a Neal Maupay deflection

Florian Jozefzoon was, for me, the man of the match at Deepdale as he showed his class driving forward.

He was unlucky not to score in the first half with Yennaris turning home the rebound.

But his ball across the box for Watkins to turn home for the winner was exquisite and it was a performance that followed up his man of the match display against Sunderland.

Superb fans

There may have only been 500 Brentford fans but it sounded as if 5,000 had made the long journey to Deepdale.

The early season form my have put off some fans from making the trip but the ones who made the effort were rewarded handsomely.

It was a fantastic performance from those who made the trip, who were singing loudly all game.