West Brom go top with controversial late penalty at Preston

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Kyle Edwards.
Preston vehemently protested the decision to award West Brom a penalty for goalkeeper Declan Rudd’s challenge on Kyle Edwards

Charlie Austin’s controversial 90th-minute penalty sent West Bromwich Albion back to the top of the Championship as they snatched a last-gasp victory at Preston.

Preston were adamant keeper Declan Rudd had not touched Baggies substitute Kyle Edwards but referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and Austin slotted home to send Albion two points above Leeds.

The spot-kick gave West Brom a fifth successive victory but they left it late at Deepdale as injury-hit Preston, without a host of players including their entire first-choice back line, looked set to earn a point.