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Blackburn Rovers Match Preview

23 November 2020

It’s the first local derby of the season as Blackburn Rovers make the short trip across the M65 season on Tuesday night.

Rovers sit just below the Lilywhites in the table, but it is a very tight division currently and Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to leapfrog North End by picking up a victory.

For Alex Neil and his team, they have not won four of their last seven games and will look to increase that to five in eight against their east Lancashire opponents.

The is live on iFollow PNE, with our coverage beginning approximately 7.15pm, with former PNE skipper Paul McKenna alongside Jonathan Breeze in the commentary box on the gantry at Deepdale.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (13/46)
Date: Tuesday 24th November, kick-off 7.45pm
Venue: Deepdale
Kit: 2020/21 home kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 44; Draws – 30; Blackburn Rovers - 31

Team News
Manager Alex Neil welcomed back Ben Pearson into the squad for Saturday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday, but he was still without Ben Davies, Alan Browne and Andrew Hughes as well as long term casualty Louis Moult.

For the visitors, Belgian goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski retained his place in the Rovers starting XI for Saturday's draw at Luton after his quarantine period ended just in time following a positive Covid-19 test on recent international duty. Backup keeper Aynsley Pears also made the weekend squad after recovering from illness at the last minute.

Germany international Lewis Holtby didn't fare as well, with illness denying him a weekend appearance, but the visitors have recently added extra cover for his midfield role after re-signing former England man Stewart Downing for a second season in East Lancashire. He was part of the matchday squad for the first time this season on Saturday and will be pushing to be involved in the derby.

Rovers will be waiting on the fitness of rising star Joe Rankin-Costello, who has impressed at full back this season, but was forced off through injury last time out. His replacement as substitute that afternoon, Ryan Nyambe, is also still striving for full fitness after returning from an international appearance for Namibia with a slight injury.

Corry Evans is a slight doubt after returning from a trio of Northern Ireland matches with similar fitness issues, while defenders Derrick Williams and Daniel Ayala have also been sidelined for several weeks.

The game comes a little too soon for Bradley Dack, who has spent 11 months on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury. He is expected to step up his return to fitness with an U23 appearance against Everton on Friday night after completing 45 minutes in a friendly against Sheffield United last Tuesday.

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Match Officials
For the second time this month, north east official Tony Harrington will take charge of the Lilywhites, having been here for the Birmingham City game three weeks ago,

He took charge of just one game last season, the home game with our last opponents Gary Rowett’s Millwall at Deepdale, but in 2018/19 he took charge of three PNE games, the March trip to Reading, the 2-0 cup win at Leeds United back in August 2018 and the home game against West Bromwich Albion that autumn.

Tony has been a familiar face over recent seasons. In 2017/18 he visited Deepdale twice,
the Lilywhites’ opening day 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in Alex Neil’s first competitive game in charge of the club, and our Bank Holiday Monday clash with Derby County.

The previous season he also took charge of another two North End games, the 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest and the thrilling 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale.

The match official, who is now in his tenth year on the EFL list, has also been to PR1 on a number of previous occasions in the past, including the 2014/15 penalty win against Oldham Athletic in the JPT and the club’s last two home league games against Notts County, including a 2-0 win over the Magpies at Deepdale in February 2014.

This will be the Cleveland referee’s tenth game of the season and so far he had issued 23 cautions and no red cards.

He will be joined by assistants Shaun Hudson and Rob Merchant, whilst Australian official Jarred Gillett will be the fourth official.

Match Coverage
North End fans can watch Tuesday’s game live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 match pass available now.

Jonathan Breeze and former North End skipper Paul McKenna are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from the Deepdale from 7.15pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil: “I Like The Blood And Thunder Of Derbies”: Preston North End manager Alex Neil has a good record in derby fixtures and you can understand why, as he relishes the extra intensity that these sort of games bring. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: Exactly two years ago to the day, the Lilywhites put their visitors from East Lancashire to the sword in front of a packed Deepdale of nearly 20,000. Click here for the details.

Ben Pearson: “It Felt Good To Be Back”: Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson returned to the squad on Saturday, coming off the bench as the Lilywhites defeated Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale. Click here for Pearo’s thoughts.

The One And Only Issue Seven: Saturday’s match-winner Tom Barkhuizen is the cover star of Tuesday’s edition of the matchday programme as he looks to continue his fantastic record in derby games. Click here for more information.

A Foot In Both Camps: Former Preston North End strike Joe Garner started his career down the road at Ewood Park and he joined iFollow PNE to preview the clash between the two sides on Tuesday night. Click here to read more.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

24 November 2020

Goals from Adam Armstrong, Ben Brereton and Tyrhys Dolan gave Blackburn Rovers three points against ten man Preston North End at Deepdale.

The Lilywhites, without eight senior players through injury, lost Joe Rafferty through a straight red card just before half-time, punished doubly by Armstrong converting the resulting penalty.

Brereton then converted Lewis Holtby’s pass eight minutes after the interval, with Dolan poking home from close range from Brereton’s pass in the last 15 minutes.

Already without a number of key players, manager Alex Neil lost Ben Pearson, Josh Earl and Paul Gallagher the day before the game, meaning scholars Jacob-Holland Wilkinson and Lewis Coulton were named amongst the substitutes.

The first half began as a cagey affair, with neither side threatening too much; and a combination of a Rudd save from Brereton and a Rafferty block from Armstrong was the only real worry for PNE in the opening stages.

But just before half-time the game swung dramatically. The best chance of the half came the home side’s way, as the ball was worked into Daniel Johnson on the right-side of the penalty area on his favoured left foot, but his double effort was twice blocked.

And on the break, Rovers took advantage, as Sam Gallagher was brought down by Rafferty just inside the penalty area, with Tony Harrington pointing to the spot and immediately pulling out a red card.

Armstrong stepped up to fire the penalty straight into the bottom left-hand corner; Declan Rudd going the right way, but unable to reach the powerfully struck effort.

At half-time, Brad Potts replaced Scott Sinclair with PNE going 5-3-1, with skipper Alan Browne and Tom Barkhuizen at right and left wing back respectively.

It was the No.29 who almost got his side level shortly after the break when he made an overlapping run down the left, before cutting in and curling a shot past Thomas Kaminski, but just wide of the right-hand post.

The visitors doubled their lead two minutes later as Holtby threaded a ball right through the middle and former Nottingham Forest man Brereton slid it into the bottom right of the goal.

And the game was over when substitute Dolan nudged the ball into the empty net from inside the six-yard box after Brereton’s pull back with 14 minutes left.

There were chances to narrow the deficit in the closing stages, Browne having a chance to shoot with five minutes left, following a flick on from substitute Jayden Stockley, but saw his pull back for another change Sean Maguire blocked by Darragh Lenihan and then the No.8 also fired a free kick inches wide from 25 yards after Stockley was fouled in the final minute, but they could not get a consolation goal.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher (Storey, 79), Rafferty, Ledson, Bauer, Huntington, Barkhuizen, Browne, Riis (Maguire, 79), Johnson (Stockley, 82), Sinclair (Potts, 46). Subs not used: Ripley, Bayliss, Holland-Wilkinson, O’Reilly, Coulton.

Blackburn Rovers line-up: Kaminski, Nyambe, Armstrong (Dolan, 68), Rothwell (Elliott, 60 (Buckley, 80)), Gallagher, Holtby (Downing, 68), Douglas, Trybull (Davenport, 60), Brereton, Lenihan (c), Wharton. Subs not used: Pears, Chapman, Bell, Carter.

Referee: Mr T Harrington

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