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Preston North End 4-1 Blackburn Rovers

Callum Robinson has scored nine goals in the Championship for Preston North End this season
Callum Robinson has scored nine goals in the Championship for Preston North End this season

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."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 3Earl
  • 12Gallagher
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forLedsonat 83'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8Browne
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forBarkerat 69'minutes
  • 45NmechaSubstituted forMoultat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 9Moult
  • 16Hughes
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
  • 22Maxwell

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 6SmallwoodBooked at 43minsSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 23Dack
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forBreretonat 69'minutes
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forRothwellat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rodwell
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 19Brereton
  • 32Conway
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
19,912

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 4, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

  5. Booking

    Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Ben Pearson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Ben Pearson tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Goal!

    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.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

As It Stood

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1Norwich18113432211136
2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR188372024-427
9Swansea187562017326
10Blackburn186842125-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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