Exclusive Sean Gregan Preston North End column: A back four could be way forward

Exclusive Sean Gregan Preston North End column: A back four could be way forward

Just buy him now – These West Brom fans react to yet another goal from star striker

Dwight Gayle was the standout performer for West Bromwich Albion once again as Darren Moore’s side saw off Preston North End 3-2 at Deepdale. 

A brilliant free-kick won the match for the Baggies and was enough to see off a spirited resurgence from Alex Neil’s side.

After an uneventful first half, Jay Rodriguez put the visitors in front just three minutes after the break, heading home impressively from Jake Livermore’s cross.

It stayed that way until the 71st minute when Andrew Hughes bent home a brilliant free-kick to level the scores for the home side.

But the Baggies came back strong and own goal from Ben Davies and a terrific free-kick from Dwight Gayle made the points safe, despite a late second from Alan Brownhill for the home side.

We all know the history of what he has done and that comes through in all the little things that he says and where he is coming from. He is very honest and it is a really good relationship between him and the players and that is a positive thing.

After the match, the club’s official Twitter account reported on the Gayle goal with an ironic ‘shock’ that the striker had scored again.

Darren get on that phone to Newcastle and Sign Gayle permanently. He looks so content here with us Baggies.Boing! Boing!

Middlesbrough missed out on top spot as they were held 1-1 at Hull. Britt Assombalongas opener was cancelled out when Chris Martin was felled in the area and Jarrod Bowen kept his cool to equalise from the spot. Tony Pulis responded by making a triple substitution but it failed to have the desired impact.

Read more Struggling Ipswich looked set for their first league win of the season but ended up drawing 2-2 at Birmingham. Paul Hursts side were two goals ahead at the break thanks to Jon Nolan and Matthew Pennington, who was later sent off, but a Lukas Jutkiewicz brace in the second half ensured the points were shared.

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.

Rodriguez was delighted to leave Preston on Saturday with three points after a topsy-turvy encounter that saw West Brom go top of the Championship.

An 88th-minute winner from David McGoldrick gave Sheffield United a 3-2 victory at Millwall. Billy Sharp headed the Blades into the lead, but Millwall were ahead by the 50-minute mark as Jake Cooper and Lee Gregory got the better of Dean Henderson but McGoldrick netted twice late on.

Derby followed their victory at Old Trafford with a 1-0 loss at Bolton. Craig Noone celebrated scoring the only goal of the game by running over to embrace Stephen Darby who was watching in the stands.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Craig Noone (right) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with former teammate Stephen Darby. Photograph: Andrew Kearns – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images Courtney Baker-Richardsons first senior goal set Swansea on their way to a simple win over QPR. Swansea failed to score in the previous three matches but that run was ended when Baker-Richardson turned home from close range. The points were confirmed later on as Connor Roberts and Jay Fulton goals ended any doubt about the result.

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Thank you for your feedback. League One Despite going behind to an early goal at Rochdale, Portsmouth moved back to the top of the table as they went on to win 3-1. Aaron Wilbraham gave the hosts the lead at Spotland but Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matthew Clarke made sure the long journey to Lancashire was a worthwhile on.

Peterborough were the side deposed, as they were held 2-2 by Blackpool. Defender Rhys Bennett got the opener but the match came alive for eight minutes in the second half as first Armand Gnanduillet equalised only for Mark OHara to put Posh ahead once again, but former Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso levelled things.

Read more There was late drama in the 2-2 draw between Shrewsbury Town and Gillingham. Brandon Hanlan and Lee Angol swapped goals. Ollie Norburn thought he had won it with his 88th minute goal but Tom Eaves equalised in the dying embers of the game.

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Thank you for your feedback. League Two Grimsby succumbed to their sixth straight defeat, losing 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Morecambe. Elliot Embleton had put the Michael Jolleys side ahead but Rhys Oates and Liam Mandeville goals ensured the Shrimps had the last laugh against the Mariners.

The only team below Grimsby in the Football League are winless Macclesfield who were held 1-1 at home by draw specialists Forest Green, who recorded their seventh stalemate of the season in 10 games.

Harry Kewell saw his Notts County team win for the first time, as they defeated Crewe 2-1. Newport moved up to second following a 4-2 victory against Cambridge, coupled with Exeter being denied three points by a 97th-minute equaliser from Port Vales Idris Kanu equaliser.

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