North End striker Joe Garner is free of suspension and looking forward to his first game at Ewood Park since his left the east Lancashire club as a youngster.
“The last couple of weeks have been long, but the suspension is over now and I am just looking to get back in and help the lads out,” he told the Club’s online TV channel.
“I am looking forward to Blackburn now. I have a lot of friends over that way, so I am really looking forward to the game and hoping we can pick up three points and give everyone a nice day out.”
With only a handful of tickets remaining of PNE’s 7,000 allocation a sell-out away following can again be expected and the team are looking for a trio of away derby wins, following triumphs at Burnley and Bolton, something Garner believes is down to the efforts of manager Simon Grayson and his staff.
“We might have a few more fans than them with us taking 7,000!” He continued. “I am sure the fans will try and make it a bit of a home game for us.
“To beat your local rivals is always nice for everyone connected with the Club, but the credit for the wins we’ve had so far - and the season we’ve had - has to go to the gaffer.
“It has been some season so far and to be as high as we are in the league all the credit should go to the staff and the gaffer. It has been a very good season so far and hopefully we can push on until the end of the season and see if we can get into the top six.”
This will be the former Rovers man’s first trip back to Ewood and he will have plenty of friends on the terraces.
“I have played Blackburn a few times since I left, but I have never played at Ewood Park.
“I am looking forward to going back there and hopefully we can come away with the three points. I will have a lot of friends there and we will be doing everything we can to win the game.”
To hear more from Garns about the return of Jermaine Beckford and the chance of rekindling of the partnership with his fellow striker, watch the full interview by logging onto PNE PlayerHD by clicking here now.