Preston North End’s Paul Gallagher has said his team mate Joe Garner is being targeted by defenders.

In the 3-1 defeat to Brentford, Preston went behind in the first half when Greg Cunningham scored an own goal. They were soon level through Adam Reach, but the Bees ended their good run of form thanks to goals from Alan Judge and John Swift.

However the game will not be remembered for the goals, but an incident involving Garner. The striker appeared to try and punch Brentford player Sam Saunders, sparking a brawl between the teams. After a long discussion between the officials, Garner was only given a yellow card.

But Gallagher believes that the incident didn’t even warrant a yellow card as the Brentford defenders had been aiming to agitate Garner all day and that they should have been punished for that.

Speaking about that incident, Gallagher told the Lancashire Evening Post: “Teams come to Deepdale, they know about Joe and they try and rough him up. We try and protect him.”

“I don’t think he deserved the yellow card.”

“One of their lads has run 10 yards and got into him. Joe is feisty and fiery and he has jumped up himself.”

“The ref said Joe has jumped up in an angry manner but players are coming from a long distance to get involved with him.”

“Joe works hard and wears his heart on his sleeve.”

“Teams see what he did last season, all the goals he has scored – he is a menace, he roughs people up but he will give it and take it.”

“I think their big centre-half had one eye on Joe and wasn’t really concentrating on the ball and kept blocking him every time he was going for the ball.”

“Joe is experienced, he has matured a lot.”

“Sometimes you have to have a quiet word with him because he is feisty but we will dust ourselves down and now we have eight days to prepare for our next game against Derby.”