The 3-0 defeat at Griffin Park signified the end of the 18/19 football campaign for Preston, one that started off with relegation fears and ultimately ended with a modest 14th place finish.
But despite the result, the 812 Preston fans that made the trip made themselves heard inside and around the ground for the last time this season.
The game certainly did have an end of the season, nothing to play for feeling around it – at least for the Preston players, who were outpaced and outwitted by the speed and trickery of Brentford throughout the game.
A big talking point from the first half was the head injury of Julian Jeanvier, sustained after battling for the ball with Jayden Stockley. The defender was on the ground for 10 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher, which then added 13 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half.
From the additional minutes added on Brentford got their first goal of the game, with Ezri Konsa slotting the ball past Connor Ripley after sloppy defending from Preston from a corner. Embed from Getty Images
The Bees added another early in the second half, skillful Spaniard Sergi Canos delivering a teasing ball into Neal Maupay who made no mistake in doubling the Bees lead.
Substitute Louis Moult arguably had the best chance for North End, pouncing on a loose ball from Sean Maguire, but the striker fired past the goal. Not that it would have counted anyway, with the linesman later flagging Moult offside.
The home side then got their third and final goal of the game, with Marc Forss tricking past Jordan Storey before shooting straight into the left-hand corner of the net. Connor Ripley could only stand and watch.
Preston did try and attack late on, with Nmecha showing fantastic skill with the ball, but it came to no avail, with North End looking tired and disinterested all throughout the 90 minutes. Embed from Getty Images
Brentford got their final three points of the season and North End fell to defeat, but while the performance of the players didn’t give Preston fans much to smile about, it didn’t stop them from finding entertainment.
The North End faithful found it very amusing to shout to goalkeeper Connor Ripley from the terraces to ‘give them a dance’, something that he responded to, showing fantastic footwork that wouldn’t look amiss on Strictly Come Dancing. This lighthearted fun being a big highlight of the game from a Preston fan’s point of view.
The Two Teams
Brentford– Daniels, Dalsgaard, Konsa, Racic, Jeanvier, Marcondes, Dasilva, Henry, Watkins, Canos , Maupay.
Subs : Odubajo, Oksansen, Ogbene, Zamburek, Archibald, Gunnarsson, Forss
PNE– Ripley, Rafferty, Storey, Davies, Fisher, Gallagher, Johnson, Maguire, Browne, Robinson, Stockley
Subs : Earl, Huntington, Ginnelly, O’Reilly, Moult, Nmecha, Rudd. Embed from Getty Images