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Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Preston North End

Aiden McGeady (right)
McGeady (right) is on loan at Preston from Premier League Everton

Aiden McGeady scored deep into injury-time as Preston denied relegation-threatened Blackburn a vital win in an entertaining Lancashire derby.

North End took the lead when Tom Barkhuizen latched onto a Jordan Hugill pass to fire in from close range.

Lucas Joao hit the post for Rovers before Elliott Bennett's 20-yard strike levelled matters at the break.

Craig Conway converted Marvin Emnes' cross before McGeady fired in from 10 yards in the 93rd minute.

Rovers, who have now drawn their past three games 2-2, were just moments from creeping out of the Championship relegation zone but now find themselves still in 22nd place, a point adrift of Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion.

They have, however, improved significantly under new boss Tony Mowbray having gone unbeaten in his first seven games at the helm.

Preston opened the scoring with some superb link-up play between Barkhuizen and Hugill, with the former stabbing home from six yards for his fifth goal of the season.

Rovers were unlucky to not be level soon after, with Joao firing over the bar before nodding Derrick Williams' cross onto the post, but they equalised before the break when Bennett struck from outside the area.

And after some early pressure from the visitors in the second half, Mowbray's side took the lead as Conway slid Emnes' cross past Chris Maxwell from 12 yards.

Ryan Nyambe went close for the hosts late on before McGeady struck at the death to leave the 6,005 North End fans celebrating an unlikely point.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 31BennettSubstituted forMahoneyat 76'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 23Guthrie
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forFeeneyat 80'minutes
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forGallagherat 80'minutes
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 4Hoban
  • 7Feeney
  • 19Gallagher
  • 21Akpan
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 24Boyle
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 87mins
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 67mins
  • 7HorganSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forGallagherat 75'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 14McGeady
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 25HugillSubstituted forMakienokat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 12Gallagher
  • 17Spurr
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
18,435

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Preston North End 2. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Clarke.

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher tries a through ball, but Paul Huntington is caught offside.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Preston North End).

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

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

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Marvin Emnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a set piece situation.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Jordan Hugill.

Booking

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Elliott Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Daniel Johnson.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

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

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João tries a through ball, but Elliott Bennett is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Daryl Horgan.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

goal

As It Stood

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5Reading38207115149267
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7Fulham381613966471961
8Norwich38169136556957
9Preston381512115347657
10Derby381411134138353
11Barnsley38149155555051
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