An injury to Julian Jeanvier overshadowed Brentford’s season finale as they ran out comfortable winners against Preston North End to secure a top half finish.

The defender, who was stretchered off the pitch after 12 minutes of stoppage time, was left hurt after going up for a header within the opening seconds of the game.

Referee James Linington would stop the game again when a fan was taken ill from the stands before he instructed for 13 minutes of added time, though both are said to be okay.

Despite the match initially lacking in quality, Ezri Konsa and Neal Maupay scored either side of half time before Marcus Forss rounded off the tie.

Brentford, who have finished their season in the Championship with a three-match unbeaten run, finish 11th in the table.

Henrik Dalsgaard was brought back into the starting 11 after serving a suspension as Thomas Frank made four changes to the side which defeated Leeds United 2-0 on Easter Monday.

After the game was stopped for 12 minutes Frank was forced into his forced into making an early substitution, bringing on Moses Odubajo in Jeanvier’s place.

Neither team really imposed themselves in a scrappy first half, however, Brentford had the better of the scoring opportunities.

Preston goalkeeper Connor Ripley nearly made a howler of an error, spilling the ball in front of Maupay, before Callum Robinson forced home stopper Luke Daniels into a strong save.

And after Luka Racic went close to scoring on his full debut for the Bees, Rico Henry dragged his effort wide following a swift attacking move.

But the visitors did have their chances, with Jayden Stockley twice setting up teammates for scoring chances but both times the shots missed the target.

It wasn’t until some way through the 13 minutes of added time, after the supporter was taken ill, that Brentford went in front.

The hosts kept the pressure up following a corner, with Canos squaring the ball to Konsa in the penalty area for the defender’s first goal this season on 49 minutes.

Following a relatively sombre first half came a more exciting second 45 minutes as both teams looked rejuvenated after the break.

Canos again provided the assist to set up the goal as he teed up Maupay in the box for the finish on 54 minutes, the striker’s 25th in the Championship this season and 28th overall.

Brentford dominated the second half for large periods, and repeatedly tested Preston with fast attacking play.

Two of their best chances fell to their leading scorer, with the first effort sailing over the bar and the second being acrobatically palmed away by goalkeeper Ripley.

But they would be rewarded for their efforts when substitute Forss came off the bench to drill a shot into the bottom corner of the net on 83 minutes.

Preston did rally towards the end to try and find a consolation goal, however, substitute Josh Ginnelly was denied a debut goal towards the end.