Preston North End 0-3 Brentford
Brentford closed the gap on League One leaders Leyton Orient and Wolves with a convincing victory at Preston North End this afternoon.
The Bees made it nine wins out of 10 at Deepdale while Orient were beaten by Crawley and Wolves were held at Rotherham to reduce the gap at the top to one point.
Mark Warburton made just one change to the team that secured a last-gasp victory over Oldham last time out as Marcello Trotta replaced Will Grigg in the starting line-up.
A devastating three-minute spell from Brentford in the first half went a long way to settling this one as Adam Forshaw banged in a penalty and Trotta justified his selection with a goal.
It was an excellent opening 45 minutes for the hosts, although Bees spirits were dampened by a nasty looking injury to on-loan Cardiff City starlet Kadeem Harris.
Preston were presented with a golden opportunity to haul themselves back into contention shortly after the restart.
Tom Clarke went down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot once more, however David Button did what his opposite number couldn’t and stopped Joe Garner’s penalty.
Sam Saunders, who had come on as a first-half substitute for the injured Harris, made sure of the points with a smart volley on the turn to make it three.
Next up for Warburton’s Bees is the Boxing Day visit of Swindon before MK Dons roll into town three days later.
BEES: Button, McCormack, Bidwell, Douglas, Craig, Dean, Forshaw, Saville (Reeves 81), Trotta (Grigg 65), Donaldson, Harris (Saunders 39).
Subs (not used): Lee, O'Connor, El Alagui, Logan.