Championship
PrestonPreston North End1BlackburnBlackburn Rovers2
Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes has scored nine goals in 15 appearances this season

Blackburn earned a narrow derby victory over 10-man Preston in Paul Lambert's first game as Rovers manager.

The visitors took the lead when Preston goalkeeper Jordan Pickford diverted Hope Akpan's shot into his own net following a goalmouth scramble.

Jordan Rhodes fired in from the penalty spot to double the advantage after Paul Huntington brought down Chris Taylor.

Joe Garner's left-footed shot gave Preston hope, before Bailey Wright was sent off for a second yellow card.

The result leaves Simon Grayson's North End two points clear of the relegation zone, while Blackburn climb to 13th after picking up their first win in three games.

Lambert took charge of the visitors for the first time following Gary Bowyer's dismissal on 10 November.

And the former Scotland international, back in the dugout for the first time since being sacked by Aston Villa in February, began his reign at Ewood Park in fine style - with a narrow win against one of his new club's local rivals.

Preston had the better of the early stages at Deepdale, but struggled to create clear-cut chances, with only Paul Gallagher drawing Rovers keeper Jason Steele into a save.

The hosts fell behind when they failed to clear a Rovers free-kick, with Pickford deflecting the ball in after Akpan had poked the ball goalwards from close range.

Huntington's misjudged challenge on Taylor allowed Rhodes to score the decisive goal early in the second half, as the Scotland international drilled his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.

Garner pulled one back from inside the box after Stevie May's shot had been blocked, but Wright's late dismissal for picking up two yellow cards in seven minutes ended Preston's hopes of an equaliser.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:

"I think we deserved something. When you look back over the course of the game probably the least we deserved was a point. It was a typical derby match, a lot of tackles and things bobbling around. We felt we had to up the tempo in the second half and we responded really well.

"I think we had Blackburn camped in their own half for much of the game and we just needed a little bit of extra quality that we just didn't have.

"We were sloppy for the goal giving away the penalty. Garner's goal lifted us, the place got rocking, we were on the front foot but ultimately we couldn't find that equaliser which we deserved.

"Overall I thought we defended quite well again but we conceded a freak goal and a penalty so we didn't really look like we were going to concede in open play."

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Lambert:

"It was strange being back. After nine months out, for the first time in 40 years I was enjoying my life. Then you are back in the hot seat - the highs and lows - but it's great to be back.

"We played a terrific game of football. The atmosphere was great in the stadium and we scored two goals against a team that hadn't conceded in six games. The team deserves so much credit for that and I think we looked a threat every time we went forward.

"I've asked the players to do a lot for me. We've trained a bit differently, which is no slight on Gary (Bowyer) at all, but I have my own way of training, everyone does, and the players have worked ever so hard to master that and it will take time.

"Today is a marker that we can win games. The back four were colossal for us. They were proper men, proper defenders."

Paul Lambert
Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was named Blackburn manager after the sacking of Gary Bowyer
Hope Akpan
Blackburn's opener came after Preston were unable to clear their lines from a free-kick
Joe Garner
Joe Garner scored his first goal of the season for Preston, but the hosts could not find an equaliser

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 6WrightBooked at 90mins
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 51mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 16Browne
  • 12Gallagher
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forKeaneat 64'minutes
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forMayat 64'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 9Keane
  • 19Welsh
  • 24May
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Marshall
  • 29EvansBooked at 37mins
  • 21Akpan
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forGuthrieat 74'minutes
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forTaylorat 33'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forKoitaat 82'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 8Koita
  • 19Taylor
  • 23Guthrie
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
19,852

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  6. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Bailey Wright (Preston North End) for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.

  12. Booking

    Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Bangaly-Fodé Koita is caught offside.

  14. Booking

    Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

    Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  18. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bangaly-Fodé Koita replaces Jordan Rhodes.

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