Charlie Austin’s controversial 90th-minute penalty sent West Bromwich Albion help to the head of the Championship as they snatched a closing-gasp victory at Preston.
Preston had been adamant keeper Declan Rudd had not touched Baggies replace Kyle Edwards however referee Oliver Langford pointed to the placement and Austin slotted home to send Albion two parts above Leeds.
The location-kick gave West Brom a fifth successive victory however they left it uninteresting at Deepdale as wound-hit Preston, with out a bunch of avid gamers including their complete first-different help line, regarded effect to kind some extent.
As an different, Alex Neil’s males seen their unbeaten home document ended and they remain sixth, unbiased within the play-off areas however 11 parts within the help of the desk-topping Baggies.
Preston’s depleted defence had done smartly to limit West Brom, the Championship’s prime scorers and now unbeaten in 9 matches, to efforts from distance for indispensable of the game.
Rudd denied Nathan Ferguson and Matt Phillips from distance in a one-sided first half of while Kyle Bartley spurned West Brom’s simplest right advantageous-decrease likelihood, aspect-footing a Phillips free-kick wide from shut vary.
North Conclude, nonetheless, weren’t sing to settle for some extent and main scorer Daniel Johnson’s 20-yard strike compelled a ravishing fingertip effect from Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone after the smash.
But as stoppage time approached, Edwards latched on to a hopeful ball over the head and went down within the dwelling despite Rudd seeming to attain his most involving to drag out of the mission.
Austin coolly stroked home the penalty – his third aim in as many video games – to sentence Preston to a Third-straight defeat after losses at Derby and Hull.
Albion, meanwhile, now boast the division’s most involving away document with seven wins and unbiased one defeat from 10 video games as they became the foremost aspect to preserve a perfect sheet at Deepdale this season.
Preston boss Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:
“When or not it is a closing-minute aim you concede, it indubitably makes it worse that or not it is a in fact contentious decision as smartly. If it became once somewhat little bit of fantastic from them, it may perchance perchance perchance be extra delectable.
“It indubitably wasn’t a vintage performance from us however we effect up in a mode that I felt gave us the most involving likelihood of getting a rob or getting one thing from the game, because we had so many avid gamers lacking.
“I notion we had been in fact overjoyed within the second half of, I effect not think they had a shot on route however then the penalty decision swings the game.
“It would not look fancy a penalty to me. For the skill onerous they worked, and the map in which minute home and time they gave some in fact right avid gamers in Albion’s team, I notion we deserved one thing from the match.”
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic told BBC WM 95.6:
“In the foremost half of we had been very dominant, we unbiased lacked fantastic within the final third and I told the guys unbiased elevate the tempo and wait and see.
“In the second half of Preston improved and had their moments however the game changed within the final 20 minutes and we camped of their half of of the pitch, and if any team deserved to rob it became once us.
“You doubtlessly can’t remember how colossal a end result right here is for us because Preston is a extraordinarily annoying map to return and play.”