Brentford’s Julian Jeanvier was carried of on a stretcher after a 10-minute stoppage

Brentford secured a top-half Championship place with a commanding victory over fellow mid-table finishers Preston.

Home defender Julian Jeanvier was carried off on a stretcher after a head injury in the opening seconds at Griffin Park, leading to 13 minutes of added time in the first half.

Frenchman Jeanvier was knocked unconscious but recovered to take part in a lap of applause with his Bees team-mates after the match.

The Bees took the lead in during that period of injury time, centre-back Ezri Konsa sweeping home his first goal for the club from a ball across the box that was not cleared.

Neal Maupay turned in his 25th league goal of the season to double Brentford’s advantage before substitute Marcus Forss fired in a third, low into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Sergi Canos was the architect for Maupay’s strike, pulling a ball back from the byline, while Finnish forward Forss’ goal was his first in the Championship.

Brentford finish 11th after a 14th home league win this term, with Alex Neil’s Preston three places and three points behind.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC London:

“I’m pleased that we finished well, not only today but in general.

“It’s a privilege to give debuts to young players – it was so nice to give a debut to Jaakko (Oksanen) but also Marcus scoring his first league goal is big.

“We know he’s a talented striker that had a difficult season with a long-term injury – now he’s coming back, so that’s promising.”

Preston boss Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“I’m naturally disappointed – I didn’t think we really threatened Brentford that much.

“When we’re going forward it amounts to nothing really, and when they’re going forward they’re getting shots on target, corners and applying pressure.

“We didn’t do basics in the game well enough – our use of the ball was quite safe and pedestrian, we didn’t move it quickly enough.”

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