Bees buzzing after rare away-day joy
Clayton Donaldson's double kept Brentford's faint play-off hopes alive as they comfortably saw off Preston 3-1 at Deepdale to record their first away win since November
Shaleum Logan headed the visitors into an early lead before Donaldson doubled the advantage, Paul Parry's penalty gave Preston brief hope but it was not enough to prevent a first defeat in four games as Donaldson struck again after the break.
The Bees frontman was denied by North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann after nine minutes only for Harry Forrester to cross the rebound to the far post for Logan to power home.
But Donaldson did get his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot midway through the first half after he was hauled down by Daniel Devine.
Parry saw a strike come back off a post before he tucked away a 42nd-minute spot-kick of his own after Harlee Dean felled Graham Cummins to get the home side back in the game.
But Donaldson pounced to restore Brentford's two-goal cushion when he headed home Jason Bidwell's 53rd-minute free-kick.
Brentford substitute Niall McGinn blazed over the crossbar moments from the end as the visitors saw the game out with ease.
Preston 1-3 Brentford: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.