Preston back on song with big win over Brentford
Aiden McGeady's double helped Preston put a four-match Championship winless streak to bed as they came from behind to beat Brentford 4-2 at Deepdale.
Tom Field handed the Bees an early lead but McGeady levelled with a magnificent strike and Callum Robinson gave North End the advantage after the break.
McGeady's sublime second was quickly followed by Daryl Horgan's first Preston goal, while Maxime Colin's late deflected effort proved a consolation for the visitors.
Right-back Colin latched onto Harlee Dean's ball forward after five minutes to force Chris Maxwell into a smart save as the Londoners started brightly.
And the away side took a 12th-minute lead when Jota's corner was met by an unmarked Field to head home, as the Lilywhites defence fell asleep.
Preston winger McGeady floated a precise cross into fellow Everton loanee Tyias Browning's path but the full-back blasted over.
The Republic of Ireland international then drew Preston level after unleashing a sublime shot from at least 20 yards which flew past Daniel Bentley for his second of the campaign.
McGeady fired a curling free-kick just over on the half hour and later slipped in Robinson for the former Aston Villa man to force Bentley into action.
Jota almost handed his side back the lead with a teasing 36th-minute effort which curled wide, while Maxwell was quick off his line to deny Florian Jozefzoon just before the break.
But Robinson handed Preston the lead after tapping home from McGeady's 52nd-minute ball into the box for his seventh league strike this season.
Shortly after, Bees skipper Dean attempted to drag his side back into the game with an ambitious long range effort which sailed just over.
Field then ghosted past Horgan and set up Lasse Vibe, whose flick trickled towards goal and off the post before being cleared by some last ditch Preston defending.
McGeady wrapped up the points with a quarter of an hour left after shrugging off two challenges and curling a fantastic shot past Bentley.
Hugill nearly added Preston's fourth moments later after racing clear to go one-on-one but Bentley was quick off his line.
But Horgan made no mistake after being slipped in by Ben Pearson and coolly slotting home in a Preston counterattack on 77 minutes, while Colin grabbed one back for Brentford a minute from the end as his heavily deflected effort went in off the bar.