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Brentford 2-4 Preston North End: Visitors come from two goals down to win after 18-minute blitz

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Football looks very different at the moment but still retains the power to surprise.

Take the remarkable transformation in fortunes here as Preston North End, two goals down to Brentford and comprehensively second best, conjured four goals in the space of 18 minutes seemingly out of thin air.

This second-half blitz – which saw two Scott Sinclair goals swiftly followed by Brad Potts and Sean Maguire strikes – certainly lifted Preston’s season start from the mundane.

Scott Sinclair scored twice to inspire Preston North End to a brilliant comeback over Brentford

Scott Sinclair scored twice to inspire Preston North End to a brilliant comeback over Brentford

Scott Sinclair scored twice to inspire Preston North End to a brilliant comeback over Brentford

Sean Maguire slots home Preston's fourth to seal the thrilling victory on Sunday afternoon

Sean Maguire slots home Preston's fourth to seal the thrilling victory on Sunday afternoon

Sean Maguire slots home Preston’s fourth to seal the thrilling victory on Sunday afternoon

Ivan Toney netted for the second straight Championship game to put Brentford in front

Ivan Toney netted for the second straight Championship game to put Brentford in front

Ivan Toney netted for the second straight Championship game to put Brentford in front

The summer signing from Peterborough United then doubled the home side's advantage

The summer signing from Peterborough United then doubled the home side's advantage

The summer signing from Peterborough United then doubled the home side’s advantage

Their manager Alex Neil must have said something of impact at half-time as they re-emerged a different team, finding a cutting edge completely absent beforehand.

It left Brentford shell-shocked as they suffered a first defeat in their new stadium despite cruising into a 2-0 lead thanks to two Ivan Toney goals.

Even the introduction of a certain Said Benrahma after Preston’s third goal couldn’t save them and no doubt the speculation over his future will rumble on right until the domestic transfer window shuts on October 16.

Benrahma, linked with Crystal Palace and Fulham among other top-flight clubs, once again started on the bench and the Bees were doing fine without him until a post-half-time collapse that must have been hard to fathom for manager Thomas Frank.

It certainly wasn’t the desired result just before a two-week break and the Dane can only mull over his team’s repeated lapses in defensive concentration.

Even the most banal things remain a novelty as Brentford get used to life at their magnificent new stadium. ‘This is the first time we’ve had rain at a match here,’ said the PA announcer ahead of kick-off.

Not that it’s taken long to settle in here following the move up the road from Griffin Park. Brentford had won two and drawn one of their first three games here and even the drawn one was won on penalties.

They took great pleasure in beating local rivals Fulham 3-0 in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night and meant business early on here.

Brentford's Christian Norgaard was forced off after 20 minutes to be replaced by Brian Jensen

Brentford's Christian Norgaard was forced off after 20 minutes to be replaced by Brian Jensen

Brentford’s Christian Norgaard was forced off after 20 minutes to be replaced by Brian Jensen

Preston midfielder Alan Browne had the best chance for the visitors in a disappointing first half

Preston midfielder Alan Browne had the best chance for the visitors in a disappointing first half

Preston midfielder Alan Browne had the best chance for the visitors in a disappointing first half

Just eight minutes were on the clock when they broke the deadlock. A typically slick move stemmed from young left-back Dominic Thompson, whose pass down the left touchline allowed Josh Dasilva to slip inside Preston’s Joe Rafferty.

Dasilva’s speed soon carried him clear and a low near-post cross was on a plate for Toney to slide home his first open-play goal following his £5m summer move from Peterborough.

Preston were loose defensively to start with and Emiliano Marcondes was left unmarked just outside the box to receive another Dasilva pass. Luckily for the visitors, Marcondes fired straight at keeper Declan Rudd.

Brentford’s flow might have been affected by an injury to Christian Norgaard – making the midfielder a possible doubt for Denmark’s Nations League trip to Wembley on Thursday week – but Frank’s side always back themselves to pass their way out of any situation.

Sinclair (carrying the ball) scored his third league goal of the season to halve the deficit

Sinclair (carrying the ball) scored his third league goal of the season to halve the deficit

Sinclair (carrying the ball) scored his third league goal of the season to halve the deficit

Preston grew more into the game as the half progressed and started to enjoy patches of possession. But the chances didn’t really come with the one exception being Alan Browne’s volley that was easy enough for Luke Daniels to save.

Nonetheless, Preston were moments away from getting back to the dressing rooms just a goal in arrears when they became sloppy again.

Bryan Mbeumo hadn’t been involved a great deal but nipped in to win the ball close to halfway after a Canos cross-field ball and picked out Toney in a considerable amount of space about 30 yards out.

Former Celtic winger Sinclair then tucked the ball past Luke Daniels to bring the scores level

Former Celtic winger Sinclair then tucked the ball past Luke Daniels to bring the scores level

Former Celtic winger Sinclair then tucked the ball past Luke Daniels to bring the scores level

Brad Potts (centre) then completed a remarkable turnaround on 63 minutes for Preston

Brad Potts (centre) then completed a remarkable turnaround on 63 minutes for Preston

Brad Potts (centre) then completed a remarkable turnaround on 63 minutes for Preston

Toney drifted through and scored crisply at the near post, leaving Preston kicking themselves again.

But their afternoon improved significantly seven minutes after half-time. Rafferty advanced down the right side and his deep cross was nodded down at the back post by Patrick Bauer and perfectly for Sinclair, who applied the close-range finish for his second of the season.

Suddenly Preston had their tails up and Brad Potts couldn’t quite steer a left-footed effort on target a couple of minutes later.

Said Benrahma was brought on after Preston North End's third to turn the tide but to no avail

Said Benrahma was brought on after Preston North End's third to turn the tide but to no avail

Said Benrahma was brought on after Preston North End’s third to turn the tide but to no avail

They wouldn’t be denied on their next foray forward, however. Mbeumo wasn’t quick enough turning with the ball and Andy Hughes nicked it off him.

He whipped in a ball that Sinclair was able to bring under his control before finishing past Daniels at the near post and from being dead and buried, Preston were very much back in the contest.

Astonishingly, it would get even better three minutes later. Sinclair was roaming about on the edge of the Brentford box but didn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Sean Maguire pictured scoring Preston's fourth past Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels

Sean Maguire pictured scoring Preston's fourth past Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels

Sean Maguire pictured scoring Preston’s fourth past Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels

Preston manager Alex Neil saw his side win their first Championship match of the campaign

Preston manager Alex Neil saw his side win their first Championship match of the campaign

Preston manager Alex Neil saw his side win their first Championship match of the campaign

Ryan Ledson took over and found Potts, who cut sharply inside and picked out the bottom corner with Daniels failing to cover his near post. The away bench went up in celebration, while Frank turned around and beckoned for Benrahma to get ready.

Preston seemed to be scoring with every attack and the fourth came on 70 minutes, this time from a corner. Ledson’s delivery was headed down by Ben Davies amid statuesque Brentford defenders and dropped perfectly for Maguire to sweep home.

Brentford were desperate for inspiration all of a sudden and Benrahma seized the ball before setting up Dasilva to flash a shot past the post. Frankly, they were too stunned to respond.

Both sets of players take the knee prior to kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium

Both sets of players take the knee prior to kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium

Both sets of players take the knee prior to kick-off at the Brentford Community Stadium

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Watford’s Ben Foster may have to remove YouTube posts watched 1M times because they break EFL rules

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Ben Foster has attracted more than a million views on his personal YouTube channel by showing footage of Watford‘s Championship matches, but the stopper faces a battle to save his popular posts after falling foul of EFL rules. 

The resourceful Watford keeper does not have the persmission of the EFL to show the films, which have enthralled fans desperate for a football fix as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from attending matches.

Now, the ex-England keeper is hoping the authorities will look favourably on his request to use footage on his popular channel, ‘Ben Foster – The Cycling GK‘, which has 96,000 subscribers.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster is using footage on his YouTube channel filmed from inside his goal

Goalkeeper Ben Foster is using footage on his YouTube channel filmed from inside his goal

Goalkeeper Ben Foster is using footage on his YouTube channel filmed from inside his goal

Foster's use of the footage has not been authorised by the EFL and breaches regulations

Foster's use of the footage has not been authorised by the EFL and breaches regulations

Foster’s use of the footage has not been authorised by the EFL and breaches regulations

The channel has used film from four EFL matches this term to give fans an intriguing insight into Championship football. In total, those videos have attracted a staggering 1,065,000 views and 57,000 likes.

Images from the games are contained within features that cover his entire matchday, from breakfast through to post-match.

The affable Foster, who played seven times for England, is seen up close delivering a stream of friendly banter to club officials, team mates and opposition, as well as lots of encouragement – and sharp words – for his defenders.

Foster captures images before and after games, including this fist bump with Wayne Rooney

Foster captures images before and after games, including this fist bump with Wayne Rooney

Foster captures images before and after games, including this fist bump with Wayne Rooney

EFL Rules on Broadcasting Games

Filming and broadcasting footage of EFL matches is covered in the league’s governance policy. Paragraph 76.1 states:

‘No audio and/or visual footage from any match in any competition conducted by The League shall be televised or recorded or transmitted by internet, television, mobile networks, satellite or cable or any similar method except with the written consent of The League.’

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In Watford’s tight 1-0 win away at Derby County on October 17, a film that has attracted 266,000 views, Foster can be heard instructing his wall to protect the Hornets’ slender lead.

‘Take one in the [expletive] face,’ he yells. And then as the kick is taken, he offers a reminder: ‘Oi! Take one!’

A popular video entitled, ‘Penalty Save, Goal Mistake and Big Saves’, features Watford’s 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on October 21, and has 275,000 views and 22,000 likes.

Foster’s man-of-the-match performance makes for spectacular viewing and the camera even captures the goalie offering penalty-taking advice after the final whistle to the unfortunate Adam Armstrong, whose kick was saved.

One of the most popular videos includes Foster's penalty save against Blackburn Rovers

One of the most popular videos includes Foster's penalty save against Blackburn Rovers

One of the most popular videos includes Foster’s penalty save against Blackburn Rovers

But the goalkeeper was disappointed to let in this shot from Blackburn's  Ben Brereton

But the goalkeeper was disappointed to let in this shot from Blackburn's  Ben Brereton

But the goalkeeper was disappointed to let in this shot from Blackburn’s  Ben Brereton

‘Take a step to the left, my left,’ he suggests, helpfully.

The microphone also picks up opposition players.

In Watford’s 1-0 win over Luton on September 26, a Hatters’ unmarked midfielder can be heard screaming for the ball on the edge of the penalty area before his team mate blasts the it over the bar.

‘Give it! Give it! Give it… You selfish piece of [expletive],’ concludes the player as the ball flies into the stands.

At the end of the game, Foster can be heard singing ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, the 1980s classic by Depeche Mode, which was covered by The Saturdays in 2008.

Foster produced a man-of-the-match performance against Blackburn with a string of saves

Foster produced a man-of-the-match performance against Blackburn with a string of saves

Foster produced a man-of-the-match performance against Blackburn with a string of saves

He then greets his team mates: ‘Well done lads. It’s easy this goalkeeping thing. I don’t let any goals in.’

The video has attracted 344,000 views and 11,000 likes. 

Foster has shown himself to be adept in front of the camera in his Watford videos

Foster has shown himself to be adept in front of the camera in his Watford videos

Foster has shown himself to be adept in front of the camera in his Watford videos

But unfortunately, Foster, 37, who has made 84 appearances for Watford since joining from West Bromwich Albion in 2018, has fallen foul of section seven of the EFL’s governance policy, which bans use of match footage without written permission.

While clubs are allowed to use footage from games on their own websites, that permission does not extend to players using their own accounts.

Sportsmail understands the EFL view the use of the footage as a misunderstanding stemming from confusion over the rules and the governing body is expected to contact Watford to remind them of regulation 76.1.

Foster said the use of the footage has just developed during a season in which fans are banned from stadiums.

‘Fans are using this as their matchday because they cannot be in the heart of it and this is as close as they have been before,’ he told Sportsmail.

Cycling GK YouTube channel has 96,000 subscribers and videos can attarct 340,000 views

Cycling GK YouTube channel has 96,000 subscribers and videos can attarct 340,000 views

Cycling GK YouTube channel has 96,000 subscribers and videos can attarct 340,000 views

He says he had not sought permission in writing, but hopes the EFL will not ban use of the material,which is edited to bleep out any swearing.

“We will have to get in touch with the EFL,’ added Foster. ‘I hope they don’t try to shut it down. I don’t see why they would want to. It is a good news story.

‘If it was controversial content that would show football in a bad light you would need to be concerned but there is nothing like that. It highlights the game in a very good light.’  

Watford sit third in the Championship after eight games with four wins, three draws and one defeat. 

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Alexander Hleb reveals he CRIED in front of Arsene Wenger over his move to Barcelona

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Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has revealed he cried when he spoke to Arsene Wenger before departing the club for Barcelona.

The 39-year-old Belarusian regrets leaving for the Nou Camp in 2008 and ‘doesn’t understand’ why he left the Gunners. 

Hleb made 130 appearances for the north London club between 2005-08 and was a fan favourite during his time there.

Alexander Hleb (left)  was close to his former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger (right)

Alexander Hleb (left)  was close to his former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger (right)

Alexander Hleb (left)  was close to his former manager at Arsenal Arsene Wenger (right)

Hleb was a key part of Arsenal's midfield, in stark contrast to how he was used at Barcelona

Hleb was a key part of Arsenal's midfield, in stark contrast to how he was used at Barcelona

Hleb was a key part of Arsenal’s midfield, in stark contrast to how he was used at Barcelona

He arrived from German side Stuttgart and was a key player for the Gunners, scoring 10 goals and notching 18 assists during his time at Arsenal.

Hleb joined Barcelona for a fee of £13.5million in the summer of 2008, but only made 19 appearances for the club. 

He did significantly add to his trophy collection, winning the Champions League, LaLiga and Copa del Rey in his first season, but Hleb still questions whether leaving the north London club was ultimately the right decision.     

He told Arsenal’s In In Lockdown podcast: ‘I don’t understand. To this day I still don’t understand what happened or why I made the decision.

Hleb won trophies during his time at Barca but was very much a peripheral figure at the club

Hleb won trophies during his time at Barca but was very much a peripheral figure at the club

Hleb won trophies during his time at Barca but was very much a peripheral figure at the club

‘Of course, Barcelona in that moment was the best team in the world but I was really happy at Arsenal at the time. 

‘The fantastic championship, the Premier League, everything. Why I left, I don’t understand.

‘Barca, of course, were the best team at the time and everybody wants something (new) to try but really I was 100 per cent happy at Arsenal.

‘I cried when I talked to Arsene (Wenger). We talked in the holiday before I left and he told me he wanted to keep me and I was important.

‘I cried. I didn’t know what to do in that moment.’

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Five stars who quit Chelsea and become world class including Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah

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EVERY time Kevin De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah puts in a Man of the Match performance, Chelsea fans are hit with a pinch of sadness.

Unfortunately for Blues supporters, those two are now undisputed world superstars.

De Bruyne has evolved into arguably the best midfielder on the planet since leaving Chelsea

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De Bruyne has evolved into arguably the best midfielder on the planet since leaving ChelseaCredit: AFP – Getty

But, before the reached their current elite level, they were once allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as underplayed, underachieving youngsters.

And they’re not the only two either.

We’ve taken a look at FIVE players who failed to make the grade at Chelsea who are now superstars elsewhere.



KEVIN DE BRUYNE

NOW quite possibly the best midfielder on the planet, it’s barely-believable De Bruyne was once considered a Chelsea misfit.

Having signed from Belgian side Genk in 2011-12, the now-Manchester City star played just two Premier League games for the Blues.

On the periphery of the first-team squad, De Bruyne was loaned to Werder Bremen, before being sold to Wolfsburg for just £16.7m.

There, De Bruyne’s class shone through and his career took off, joining City for £55million in 2015.

The pass-master has won two Premier League trophies at City in easily the club’s greatest era – as part of one of England’s most dominant teams.

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MOHAMED SALAH

Salah has gone from strength to strength since leaving Chelsea, including massive successes at Liverpool

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Salah has gone from strength to strength since leaving Chelsea, including massive successes at LiverpoolCredit: AFP or licensors

SALAH joined Chelsea from Basel in 2014 – but played just 13 times in the league, scoring twice.

In 2015 and 2016, the Egyptian was loaned out to Fiorentina and Roma – before joining the latter permanently, in a deal worth around £11m.

After just one season in the Italian capital, Liverpool were surprise suitors, bringing Salah back to the Premier League in a deal worth £36.7m.

In his first season at the Reds, Salah broke the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season.

In his second season, he won the Champions League.

And in his third – and most-recent – season, Salah inspired Liverpool to Premier League success.

Salah is now easily ranked as one of the world’s best forwards – and will always be the one who got away from Chelsea.

ROMELU LUKAKU

Romelu Lukaku was barely given a sniff at Chelsea and is now thriving at Inter Milan

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Romelu Lukaku was barely given a sniff at Chelsea and is now thriving at Inter MilanCredit: AP:Associated Press

AFTER joining Chelsea from Anderlecht as a youngster in 2011, Lukaku was tipped for greatness.

However, he played just ten times in the Premier League, was loaned to West Brom and ultimately sold to Everton.

Lukaku immediately showed his potential and scored 53 Premier League goals in just 110 games.

The Belgian moved to Manchester United in a £75m deal where he maintained a decent scoring record, but generally underwhelmed.

Now, Lukaku is finally living up to his incredible promise, shining at Inter Milan under another ex-Chelsea man, boss Antonio Conte.

Lukaku has scored 41 goals in just 58 games at the Italian giants.

NATHAN AKE

Nathan Ake is a Man City star and Holland regular having quit Chelsea in 2017

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Nathan Ake is a Man City star and Holland regular having quit Chelsea in 2017Credit: Reuters

THE Dutch defender joined Chelsea’s youth ranks from Feyenoord in 2011, before moving to the senior squad a year later.

But Ake made just seven appearances for the Blues in the Premier League and was loaned out to Reading, Watford and Bournemouth.

Ake eventually found a permanent home on the south coast and became a superstar for the Cherries.

Bournemouth fought hard to keep Ake for three years – in which he played over 100 times in the Premier League.

But with Manchester United and City both knocking, the Cherries eventually cashed in to the tune of £40m following their relegation in the summer.

Now at the Etihad, Ake is a star of both Pep Guardiola’s City and European force Holland.

NEMANJA MATIC

Nemanja Matic left and rejoined Chelsea for nearly 20 times the original fee

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Nemanja Matic left and rejoined Chelsea for nearly 20 times the original feeCredit: Getty – Pool

SIGNED from now-defunct Slovak side Kosice in 2009, Matic was tipped to become an attacking midfield superstar at the Blues.

The Serbian midfielder had played just twice in the Premier League and was loaned out to Vitesse in Holland.

But after two years – and a switch to a more defensive role – Matic was sold to Benfica as part of the 2011 deal that saw David Luiz arrive at Stamford Bridge.

But after starring at Benfica, Chelsea splashed out £21m – nearly 20 times what they initially bought him for – to re-sign him in 2014.

Matic would later join Man Utd, in 2017 – where he still plays to this day.

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