RETRO: Brentford 2 Preston North End 0 - March 1, 1988

Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0
Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0
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Lilywhites miss Big Sam’s towering presence as they lose out in the capital to team of six-footers who overpower them to score two headed goals

PNE missed the towering presence of Sam Alladyce as Brentford’s pack of six-footers powered them to a 2-0 victory at Griffin Park.

Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0

Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0

The host’s beat PNE in the air twice directing two thumping headers past North End shot-stopper David Brown.

After dominating the opening exchanges the Bees stung North End in the 23rd minute.

A long throw-in from the left was flicked-on at the near post and an unmarked Gary Blissett snuck in to take advantage of North End’s napping defence to head home.

The goal inspired North End to launch a mini fight back as Brian Mooney’s solo-run nearly levelled the score line. Mooney forced the Bees 19-year-old debutant keeper Tony Oliver into action as the youngster parried his fierce strike.

Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0

Brentford V PNE 1st March 1988 PNE lost 2-0

Gary Swann pounced on the loose ball but he was unable to bundle the ball over the line.Nigel Jemson’s fierce strike flew inches over the bar and Gary Brazil stung Oliver’s palms with a fizzing volley as North End upped the ante.

But the Bees bounced back at the start of the second 45 as Andy Sinton’s thunderous strike crashed into the post.

And Wayne Turner’s volley flew inches wide as the host’s tried to double their lead.

PNE should have dented the score sheet as Gary Brazil missed a sitter. He latched on to a deflection and ran on goal but his right footed rocket crashed into the keeper and cannoned off to safety.

Tony Ellis’s spectacular spin in the box allowed him a clear sight of goal but he couldn’t test the keeper and the ball rippled the side netting.

Alex Jones and Warren Joyce were both booked for late fouls just before Brentford added a second.

A free-kick caused panic in the PNE defence as Brown ran out to catch the ball, failed to collect and found himself in no-man’s land. Blissett capitalised on the confusion but was denied a second as his goalbound header was nodded over the line by giant defender Terry Evans.

North End went on to survive the drop finishing 16th in the 1987-88 Third Division table ensuring another term in the third tier.