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Preston North End 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Charlie Austin’s penalty sends Baggies top

Kyle Edwards.

Charlie Austin's 90th-minute penalty sent West Bromwich Albion back to the top of the Championship as they snatched a last-gasp victory at Preston.

North End keeper Declan Rudd was adjudged to have brought down Baggies substitute Kyle Edwards and Austin slotted home the spot-kick to send Albion two points above Leeds.

The late winner gave West Brom a fifth successive victory but they left it late at Deepdale as injury-hit Preston, without a host of players including their entire first-choice back line, looked set to earn a point.

Instead, Alex Neil's men saw their unbeaten home record ended and they remain sixth, just inside the play-off places but 11 points behind the table-topping Baggies.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 8Browne
  • 23Huntington
  • 14Storey
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forNugentat 90+1'minutes
  • 44PottsSubstituted forHarropat 88'minutes
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forBodinat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Stockley

Substitutes

  • 7Bayliss
  • 10Harrop
  • 18Ledson
  • 25Ripley
  • 34Armer
  • 35Nugent
  • 39Bodin

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 36Ferguson
  • 5Bartley
  • 6AjayiBooked at 50mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8Livermore
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forEdwardsat 61'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forAustinat 75'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forKrovinovicat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 15Austin
  • 18Barry
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
13,015

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. David Nugent replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Billy Bodin replaces Sean Maguire.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 0, West Bromwich Albion 1. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Declan Rudd (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Brad Potts.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Brad Potts.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt blocked. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

Offside, Preston North End. Declan Rudd tries a through ball, but Jayden Stockley is caught offside.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin replaces Grady Diangana.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alan Browne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Grady Diangana.

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Matt Phillips.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nathan Ferguson.

Foul by Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

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