West Brom moved to within two points of Newcastle United after edging past Preston in this topsy turvy encounter at the Hawthorns.
The first half produced five goals as both defences found it hard to establish some solidity. Ben Watson and Chris Brunt put the Baggies two goals to the good only for Sean St Ledger to pull a goal back. Much admired West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans then restored the home sides lead only for Neil Mellor to score just before the break.
The second half saw Roberto Di Matteo’s side hold firm for all three points and sees them open up an eight point lead over third placed Nottingham Forest.
West Brom 1-0 Preston (Watson)
West Brom 2-0 Preston (Brunt)
West Brom 2-1 Preston (St Ledger)
West Brom 3-1 Preston (Dorrans)
West Brom 3-2 Preston (Mellor)