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  • Date: Sat 20 March 2010
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Ref: Singh, J
  • Attendance: 21,343
West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Watson (7)

Brunt (9)

Dorrans (33)

3 - 2
Preston North End

Preston North End

St Ledger (15)

Mellor (43)

West Bromwich Albion vs Preston North End

Team Lineups

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Marek Cech
Gianni Zuiverloon
Abdoulaye Meite
Gabriel Tamas
Robert Koren (Giles Barnes, 65)
Chris Brunt (James Morrison, 87)
Graham Dorrans
Youssouf Mulumbu
Ben Watson
Ishmael Miller (Luke Moore, 72)

Preston North End

Andy Lonergan
Michael Hart
Callum Davidson
Sean St Ledger
Liam Chilvers
Richard Chaplow
Chris Sedgwick (Keith Treacy, 82)
Matty James
Ross Wallace
Chris Brown (Jon Parkin, 82)
Neil Mellor

Match Report
Graham Dorrans enhanced his growing reputation with West Bromwich Albion as his stunning strike ultimately proved decisive in the Baggies' 3-2 win against Preston North End at The Hawthorns. Scotland international Dorrans struck with a 30-yard free-kick in the 33rd minute to take his tally for the season to 16 as Albion moved another step closer to promotion with a sixth successive home win. The victory ensured second-placed Albion kept their commanding advantage over their nearest rivals, Nottingham Forest, but it was far from plain-sailing against a determined Preston who twice found themselves trailing by two goals. Albion made the perfect start when Ben Watson, with his first goal after his arrival on-loan from Wigan, and Chris Brunt fired them into a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes. Preston were handed a lifeline in the 15th minute by Sean St Ledger before Dorrans struck. Neil Mellor's strike two minutes before half time handed Preston fresh hope but an equaliser was beyond them - with Albion old boy Richard Chaplow seeing their best chance saved by Scott Carson in the 51st minute. In fact, Albion could have raced to a more convincing win but for the second-half heroics of Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan who denied Brunt, Watson and Ishmael Miller with stunning saves. The defeat ended Preston's five-match unbeaten run but manager Darren Ferguson could take heart from the test that they posed Albion and the way they twice battled their way back into the game. Albion capitalised on some excellent approach play to power in to their early 2-0 lead. Robert Koren picked out Watson who beat Lonergan from ten yards. Dorrans then turned provider for Brunt with a defence-splitting pass that was converted with a left-foot drive by the Northern Ireland international winger. After making such a nightmare start, Preston could easily have wilted. However, their response was swift and deserved after an impressive spell of play. Albion failed to heed a warning when Carson tipped away a header from Chris Sedgwick after a cross by the lively Ross Wallace. From the resulting corner, Wallace picked out the unmarked St Ledger and he powered a header beyond Carson. But Preston were unable to build on St Ledger's fifth goal of the season and found themselves trailing again by two goals following the stunning strike of Dorrans. After Miller had been fouled, Dorrans strode forward to curl his free-kick beyond the outstretched fingers of Lonergan. If Albion thought opening up a two-goal lead for the second time would be good enough to end the challenge of Preston they were proved wrong by Mellor. Again, Wallace was the provider with a sweeping ball from inside his own half. Mellor raced clear of Gabriel Tamas and took the ball to the right-hand side of the area before firing his angled drive beyond Carson but that was ultimately as good as it got for Preston despite enjoying more than their fair share of pressure in the second half.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

87
Substitution
 

Chris Brunt is replaced by James Morrison.

82
Substitution
 

Chris Sedgwick is being taken off, Keith Treacy has come on in his place.

82
Substitution
 

Preston are replacing Chris Brown with Jon Parkin.

81
Yellow Card
 

Liam Chilvers goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

73
Yellow Card
 

Richard Chaplow is booked for unsporting behaviour.

72
Substitution
 

Ishmael Miller is being taken off, Luke Moore has come on in his place.

65
Substitution
 

Robert Koren is being taken off, Giles Barnes has come on in his place.

51
Yellow Card
 

Abdoulaye Meite goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 3 v 2.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

43
Goal
 

Goal!! Preston have scored with Neil Mellor putting it in the back of the net.

36
Yellow Card
 

Chris Sedgwick is booked for unsporting behaviour.

33
Goal
 

Goal!! West Brom have scored with Graham Dorrans putting it in the back of the net.

15
Goal
 

Goal!! Preston have scored with Sean St Ledger putting it in the back of the net.

9
Goal
 

Goal!! Chris Brunt scores for West Brom.

7
Goal
 

Goal!! Ben Watson scores for West Brom.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, March 20th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Brom face Preston at 3pm on Saturday, March 20th.