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TUE 25 Feb 2020Championship
* Robson-Kanu (6' minutes),
* Livermore (45' minutes)
* Fisher (_Dismissed at _ 64' minutes)
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-0 PRESTON NORTH END: DARNELL FISHER SEES RED AS
BAGGIES GO SEVEN CLEAR
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Midfielder Jake Livermore's goal was his
third of the season for the Baggies
West Bromwich Albion moved seven points clear at the top of the
Championship with a deserved victory that dented visitors Preston's
North End were reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes to go when Darnell
Fisher was sent off for a reckless challenge, but the impressive
Baggies had already taken full control of the game in wintery
Hal Robson-Kanu chested down Callum Robinson's left-wing cross and
clipped the ball under Declan Rudd to open the scoring early on with
his 10th goal of the campaign.
Moments before half-time, Jake Livermore fired in with a crisp
half-volley from Robson-Kanu's knock-down to double the lead and the
hosts could have added further goals after the break.
Victory was the Baggies' fifth in six games without a defeat and moved
them 10 points clear of third-placed Nottingham Forest.
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Preston stayed sixth but missed the chance to move within just three
points of second-placed Leeds United, who travel to Middlesbrough on
But the Lilywhites did not lose ground on their two closest play-off
rivals, as fifth-placed Brentford lost at Luton Town and
seventh-placed Bristol City were beaten at Huddersfield Town - both by
Alex Neil's men were second best against the impressive league leaders
and failed to have an effort on target in the match.
Their hopes of mounting a second-half comeback were severely dampened
when Fisher was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on the
They were then fortunate that the hosts did not add to the scoreline,
as Rekeem Harper struck the crossbar in the closing stages, after Rudd
had saved well from substitute Charlie Austin.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION BOSS SLAVEN BILIC TOLD BBC WM 95.6:
"We were playing against a team that is normally one of the top in the
league. We got the ball in good areas and showed our technique on the
"We were simply on another level today. Hal is a striker
where his game doesn't depend on whether he's going to score or not
because he's playing as a number 10.
"When he scores it's magnificent and the whole season he's been a top
PRESTON NORTH END MANAGER ALEX NEIL:
"I think the biggest disappointment is the cheapness of the goals that
we conceded but you have to give them credit as well, they are a
"We were going to have to play extremely well, be clinical and defend
really well to get anything tonight. I didn't think we were clinical
enough and we didn't defend our box well enough.
"We need to put this one behind us now because we have some big games
* 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forPhillipsat 72'minutes
* 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forAustinat 82'minutes
* 47RobinsonSubstituted forGrosickiat 79'minutes
* 2Fisher_Booked at 64mins_
* 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forStockleyat 84'minutes
* 24MaguireSubstituted forPottsat 85'minutes
* 35NugentSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes
* Referee: Kevin Friend
* Attendance: 22,150
Home TeamWest BromAway TeamPreston
* Possession Home52%
* Shots on Target Home9
Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Preston North End 0.
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Preston North End 0.
Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) left footed
shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left
corner. Assisted by Rekeem Harper.
Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a right footed
shot from outside the box. Assisted by Dara O'Shea.
Hand ball by Scott Sinclair (Preston North End).
Attempt missed. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) right footed
shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a
Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Sean Maguire.
Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Tom
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot
from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.
Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the
centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with
a cross following a corner.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin replaces Hal
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dara O'Shea.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kamil Grosicki replaces Callum
Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Sinclair replaces David Nugent.
Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed
shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted
by Filip Krovinovic.
Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed
shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Townsend.
Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking
Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Matheus
Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed
shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.
Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) is shown the red card.
Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).
Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left
Offside, Preston North End. Ben Pearson tries a through ball, but Sean
Maguire is caught offside.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rekeem Harper.
Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion).
Attempt missed. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot
from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted
by Matheus Pereira with a cross following a corner.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.
Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) left footed
shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed
shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Townsend
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson tries a through ball,
but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.
Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).
Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the
Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).
Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).
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