WATCH: Dave Seddons verdict on Preston North Ends 3-2 defeat to West Brom

WATCH: Dave Seddon\s verdict on Preston North End\s 3-2 defeat to West Brom

West Brom fans send this ominous warning to the Championship after going top of the league

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Preston North End manager Alex Neil stands by his players following their Deepdale defeat against West Bromwich Albion

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ALSO READ: Alex Neil thinks Kieran Gibbs should have been sent off for clash with Darnell Fisher in Prestons defeat to West BromNeil oversaw a fourth Championship defeat on the spin as high-flying Albion won 3-2 at Deepdale.

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“I think that is three times now that we have lost 3-2 and in each of the games we have performed well, I have not walked away thinking my team is poor or the set-up was rubbish.”

ALSO READ: Preston North End manager Alex Neil stands by his players following their Deepdale defeat against West Bromwich AlbionAfter a goalless first period a back and forth second half saw the visitors come out on top 3-2.

North End stayed at the bottom of the table, with a visit to Aston Villa on Tuesday night and then a home game with Wigan to come before the international break.

It was a fourth straight defeat for PNE who remained bottom of the table after a miserable start to the season.

“Alex Neil is a very good head coach. Whether your top or bottom, youre splitting hairs in this division, youll see topsy turvy results every week.

Lewis Grabban missed and later scored a penalty as Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 at Blackburn. The striker smashed a spot-kick over the bar in a goalless first half. He then made amends by breaking the deadlock by heading the opener. Rovers turned things around through Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack but Grabban held his nerve with 10 minutes from the spot.

“You have to go into every game with detail, precision, focus and determination and I thought the boys showed that here against difficult opponents.

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“Preston didnt let us rest one minute and we had to go and get the result rather than having it given to us.”

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Darren Moore is adamant there is more to come from his side after Albion went top of the league – and he says the only way they will celebrate is with a bowl of pasta on the bus home.

The Baggies beat bottom club Preston North End 3-2 at Deepdale today to move into pole position in the Championship.

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Goals from lethal strike force Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, who already have 13 between them this season, were complemented by a fortuitous own goal off Ben Davies head.

It was Albions third successive win in the league, and the red hot Baggies have now picked up 13 points out of a possible 15.

The former Southampton man appears to have really found his feet this season, leading the line alongside Dwight Gayle to fire Darren Moore’s men right into the promotion picture as their partnership continues to blossom.

But Moore is refusing to get complacent, and with a tough trip to Sheffield Wednesday coming up on Wednesday itself, celebrations will be kept low-key.

Well celebrate with a bit of pasta on the bus!” said Moore. “Well recharge our energies and prepare for the midweek game.

The win at Preston today was a much deserved one, with the 3-2 scoreline perhaps putting something of a gloss on it for North End, who were second best throughout much of the second half inparticular.

You get 24 hours on this, and then we focus on the midweek game and another tough away game and just try and keep the momentum going.

However, it was Rodriguez this time who reversed the roles, telling West Brom’s official website just how grateful he is for the continued support of the Baggies fans.

“I really do fell that theres more to come,” he said. “More has to come. Together, collectively as a group and a unit well keep working on that. We have to keep working at it.

There has been a lot wrong with Preston North End’s season so far – some of it of their own doing. But when you’re at the bottom of the Championship you need a bit of luck. That deserted the Lilywhites on Saturday. First their player of the season so far Callum Robinson was forced off with a knock early in the second half. Then West Brom’s decisive second goal had more than an element of luck about it. Craig Dawson’s cross hit the head of Ben Davies and looped beyond Chris Maxwell and in. On another day that sails over the bar, or into the hands of the ‘keeper but that is where North End are at the moment. They deserved a point but you don’t always get that in football, especially when you’re scrapping for form and points.

“Were trying to get all aspects of the game right. Were good in possession but can be even better on the ball, and create more chances, believe it or not.

Against West Brom Alex Neil stuck with the midfield trio of Alan Browne, Ben Pearson and Ryan Ledson. It certainly looks like the way forward for North End in the middle of the park. With problems at the back they give PNE an added rigidity that has simply been lacking in the opening weeks of the campaign. That obviously isn’t the end of their talents. Pearson controls the game for North End while Browne’s energy as North End pressed West Brom was vital. Red card at Leeds aside, Ledson has also impressed since arriving at Deepdale and will only go from strength to strength. For a variety of reasons it has taken time for the trio to play together but it looks set to become a familiar sight for North End fans.

“All these things are things you try and claw at in training, but because of the schedule those training sessions are few and far between, but when he get those chances we try and pinch them to get better.

Chris Maxwell has got his chance between the sticks in recent games and is certainly taking it. Kyle Bartley’s header should have given West Brom an early lead but an outstretched hand from the Welshman helped the ball over the crossbar in what was an acrobatic stop. He then denied Harvey Barnes when through on goal as the visitors’ best two chances of the first half came and went. He could then do nothing about the goals in the second half and would be justified about asking questions of the men in front of him for the first, the second then a fluke and the third a fine strike. The goalkeeping situation has been the subject of plenty of debate but form like this from Maxwell will mean that ends quickly.

“We want to get better. Were a team in transition, trying to progress, trying to change our style of play, getting results in a tough division.”

Gayle and Rodriguez have scored as many goals between them as 14 teams in the league and their goals have helped fire Albion to the top of the table. But Moore was quick to praise the collective effort.

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“Those two will be the first to say its their teammates creating chances,” he said. “Im pleased as a head coach to see them both score today, theyve got a wonderful understanding.

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“But Id like to extend it to the whole group, its not just those two, who have given us a platform to move forward.

“Alex Neil is a very good head coach. Whether your top or bottom, youre splitting hairs in this division, youll see topsy turvy results every week.

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“You have to go into every game with detail, precision, focus and determination and I thought the boys showed that here against difficult opponents.

“Preston didnt let us rest one minute and we had to go and get the result rather than having it given to us.”

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