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Memorable Match: Blackburn Rovers

7 March 2019

First Team News

Memorable Match: Blackburn Rovers

7 March 2019

Back on the first weekend in April 2016, Preston North End kept their slim Play-Off hopes alive with a narrow win at ten-man Blackburn Rovers.

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Ticket Information: Blackburn Rovers

7 March 2019

The hosts took the lead through Elliott Ward, before Shane Duffy was sent off for handling a Joe Garner effort on the line and the former Rovers striker then levelled from the spot.

Jordan Hugill's volley put the Lilywhites in front just before the break.

hugill_j_celie_brfc-a1516_1440x810.jpgRovers pressed for an equaliser after the break, but visiting keeper Anders Lindegaard was largely untroubled.

The hosts had started brightly and Ward's close-range volley after Hope Akpan's header had come back off the bar gave them a deserved lead, before Duffy's red card changed the complexion of the match.

PNE had now won six of their last ten matches and were just six points outside the Play-Off places, with seven games to play.

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Ref Watch: Blackburn Rovers

7 March 2019

After the game Rovers boss Paul Lambert said: "I'm disappointed to lose. It was an absolutely fantastic effort with ten men.

"I thought we started the game brilliantly, were well on top, got the goal. The penalty changes the course of the game, but it should never have been a penalty.

"Danny Graham was fouled at the edge of the box so the ball should have never been at that end of the pitch, because Danny has nutmegged the guy. You can see with Danny's reaction that he's definitely been fouled.

"I thought today, he got more calls wrong than he got right. If there's a delegate here or somebody watching it, maybe they might get a phone call in the morning."

Then North End manager Simon Grayson added: "He's done well, Jordan [Hugill]. He's a handful. He knows what he needs to do. I'm delighted for him. It's a great ball from Gally [Paul Gallagher]. He knows where to put it and the areas for people to get into.

"It wasn't an easy finish but he's delighted and we were all delighted to see it hit the back of the net.

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Paul Gallagher Looking To Stamp Authority On Game

6 March 2019

"I think it [the sending off] was the correct decision. They started the game better than us. I'm disappointed we gave away the goal we did, but it's handball on the line and the referee made the right decision."

Blackburn Rovers line-up: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Ward, Spurr, Bennett, Lenihan, Akpan (Brown, 71), Gomez, Graham, Watt (Jackson, 7 (Kilgallon, 27)). Subs not used: Henley, Grimes, Conway, Raya.

PNE line-up: Lindegaard, Woods, Clarke, Wright, Cunningham, Gallagher, Pearson (Johnson, 63), Browne, Reach (Huntington, 80), Garner (Beckford, 86), Hugill. Subs not used: Vermijl, Doyle, Robinson, Kirkland.

Attendance: 21,029 (6,943 PNE fans)

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

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