Preston North End slipped to defeat on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 away at West Bromwich Albion.

Alex Neil took his side to The Hawthorns, in what seemed like a tough test given that the Baggies sit top of the Championship table and swept Bristol City aside 3-0 at the weekend.

Preston did start well on Tuesday night, but conceded an early goal, as Callum Robinson broke down the left before picking out Hal Robson-Kanu, who finished past Declan Rudd.

Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Preston. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

David Nugent went close with a couple of headers, but Robinson was again involved, again picking out Robson-Kanu, who laid the ball off for Jake Livermore to strike the ball home.

That left Preston with a mountain climb, and the game was effectively ended when Darnell Fisher picked up a straight red card for a foul on Robinson.

West Brom still sit top on 69 points, 13 points clear of North End, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Alan Browne is willing to go overboard with his praise.

A general view of The Hawthorns. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Browne did tell Lancs Live that their front three – Robinson, Robson-Kanu and Matheus Pereira – is as good as anything in the league, and thinks West Brom are good defensively, but doesn’t think they’re anything special.

“I think their front three is as good as anything,” said Browne. “Going forward they’re probably the best team in the league. Defensively they’re good but I don’t think they’re anything special,” he added.

Browne did similar last season, suggesting that the media over-hyped Leeds United so these comments aren’t a huge surprise, even if he opens himself up to some mocking after last night’s defeat.

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