Last-gasp Bees sting North End
Last Updated: March 16, 2013 7:09pm
Sam Saunders: Scored from the spot
Brentford moved into the automatic promotion spots with a 1-0 victory thanks to Sam Saunders' last-ditch penalty against Preston.
The winger was brought down by former Bee John Mousinho in the box deep into injury time and got up to send goalkeeper Declan Rudd the wrong way from the spot.
It was reward for a dominant display from the Londoners who laid siege to the visitors' goal almost from start to finish.
Rudd kept North End in it with a string of first half saves to twice deny Clayton Donaldson while defender Harlee Dean also saw a header cleared off the line.
Match-winner Saunders curled an effort just wide of the far post before the break while Lee Holmes fired over and Jack King side-footed wide for Preston.
Brentford took control after the break but again it was Rudd who rescued his side, tipping Saunders' curling free kick to safety and then looking on as the same player fired wide after a strong Shaleum Logan run and cross.
Skipper Jonathan Douglas fired over from close range and Bradley Wright-Phillips blazed over as the clock ticked down.
But the moment of madness from Mousinho cost his side dear and Saunders kept his cool to take maximum points for the Londoners.
npower League 1
Sat 16th Mar
Brentford1 - 0Preston
Bury1 - 2Colchester
Coventry1 - 0Hartlepool
Crewe1 - 1Shrewsbury
Doncaster1 - 1Portsmouth
Leyton Or4 - 1Carlisle
MK Dons3 - 0Tranmere
Notts Co1 - 0Scunthorpe
Oldham0 - 1Bournemth
Stevenage4 - 0Sheff Utd
Walsall2 - 2Crawley
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|