Match ends, Preston North End 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.
Preston North End 4-1 Blackburn Rovers
Preston North End extended their unbeaten run to eight games as they comfortably beat local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Deepdale.
North End were 2-0 up in 10 minutes after Alan Browne set up Tom Barkhuizen to slot home, before also creating Callum Robinson's cool solo finish for the second goal.
Danny Graham halved Blackburn's deficit after the break when he headed home Harrison Reed's free-kick.
But the hosts wrapped up all three points as the game entered its closing stages when Louis Moult poked the ball in from close range before setting up Browne for the fourth.
Preston have not lost in the Championship since their 3-2 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion on 29 September.
Their fifth league win this season - and fourth in the last seven games - moves them up to 16th in the table, four points above the relegation places.
Tony Mowbray's side, meanwhile, slip a place to 10th, their third away league defeat this season.
Blackburn, who had a goal disallowed when Ben Brereton found the net after Bradley Dack was flagged offside, have not beaten Preston now in their last four meetings with their Lancashire neighbours.
Preston manager Alex Neil:
"It was a good performance. We started well, got a 2-0 lead, created some great chances and finished our chances.
"We were aggressive, wanted to win, and fully deserved it. The reaction to conceding, to come back and finish the game off was probably the most pleasing aspect.
"At the end of the day we won against our local rivals, the lads played well, and I am pleased."
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:
"Much of our defending was uncharacteristic. There were also some individual errors. Collectively, we played too deep and invited trouble.
"Then at 3-1 we have a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside against Bradley Dack, who is clearly onside and that is frustrating.
"But let's not look too deeply at this. We lost 4-1 to a rival and we know we have to be better than this in the upcoming games. It is as simple as that."
- 4PearsonSubstituted forLedsonat 83'minutesBooked at 89mins
- 7RobinsonSubstituted forBarkerat 69'minutes
- 45NmechaSubstituted forMoultat 60'minutes
- 6SmallwoodBooked at 43minsSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutes
- 31BennettBooked at 90mins
- 45PalmerSubstituted forBreretonat 69'minutes
- 7ArmstrongSubstituted forRothwellat 66'minutes
- Andy Madley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.
Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.
Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).
Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Preston North End 4, Blackburn Rovers 1. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Louis Moult.
Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brandon Barker following a fast break.
Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Ben Pearson.
Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.
Offside, Preston North End. Ben Pearson tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.
Hand ball by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).
Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham with a headed pass.
Goal! Preston North End 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Louis Moult (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.
Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.