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Preston North End 3-2 Blackburn Rovers

Preston striker Callum Robinson
Callum Robinson has now scored six Championship goals for Preston this season

Callum Robinson's late strike gave Preston victory over Blackburn Rovers as five goals were scored in a wonderful Lancashire derby at Deepdale.

Robinson fired in 10 minutes from time after Blackburn had levelled twice.

Daniel Johnson scored two first-half goals for North End, a superb curling 25-yard effort and a penalty.

Rovers' Danny Graham also netted twice - first on the rebound after missing a penalty before the break, and a deflected equaliser in the second half.

Robinson's winner, his third goal in his last five league games, was a clinical finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards and capped a pulsating match, full of drama and attacking football.

The hosts were without strikers Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle, who were beginning three-match bans after being sent off for fighting with each other in last weekend's defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

But Simon Grayson's side did not suffer going forward as Johnson opened the scoring with a stunning first-time shot into the corner.

Both penalties appeared clear-cut - Johnson first bringing down Blackburn's Sam Gallagher and Darragh Lenihan hand-balling while challenging Preston striker Simon Makienok.

Graham's weak spot-kick for Rovers was saved by Chris Maxwell, but the former Sunderland striker powered in the rebound after a mad goalmouth scramble.

Johnson stroked in his penalty, sending Jason Steele the wrong way, to make it 2-1 to the hosts at half-time.

Graham's second goal had an air of fortune, taking a deflection off Tom Clarke and past Maxwell, but Blackburn could not hold on for a point.

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 27Baptiste
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 52mins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forSpurrat 87'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 4Pearson
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHuntingtonat 90+6'minutes
  • 25HugillSubstituted forPringleat 76'minutes
  • 9Makienok

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 8Browne
  • 16Grimshaw
  • 17Spurr
  • 18Pringle
  • 21May
  • 23Huntington

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 10MarshallBooked at 60mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 30mins
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forGreerat 79'minutes
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forEmnesat 53'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 29Evans
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forStokesat 87'minutes
  • 12Graham
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 3Greer
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Stokes
  • 17Emnes
  • 21Akpan
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
14,527

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Callum Robinson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Pringle (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Thomas Spurr replaces Marnick Vermijl.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Anthony Stokes replaces Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Gordon Greer with a headed pass.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Blackburn Rovers 2. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Gordon Greer replaces Charlie Mulgrew because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ben Pringle replaces Jordan Hugill.

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson following a set piece situation.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marnick Vermijl.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a headed pass.

goal

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