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24 October 2019

Preston North End will face Blackburn Rovers at Deepdale for the 54th time in competitive league action on Saturday afternoon.

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Ticket Information: Blackburn Rovers Home

24 October 2019
Overall it is the 107th league meeting of the two Lancashire outfits, with the Lilywhites well ahead, 40-29, on the head-to-head, but the past counts for nothing on derby day!
 
Our first meeting was in the opening league season, PNE winning 1-0 in December 1888 and down the years there have been plenty of goals on the regular basis, the biggest margin of victory being a 4-0 home triumph in December 1946, whilst the only time we have scored five against Rovers was in Sir Tom Finney's last season, a 5-3 triumph in March 1960.
 
In recent years we have had some positive results, last year's 4-1 win preceded by a late success in front of the Sky Sports cameras in December 2016, when Callum Robinson proved the match-winner.
 
Robinson's late strike gave PNE victory over Rovers as five goals were scored in a wonderful Lancashire derby at Deepdale - the forward fired in ten minutes from time after Blackburn had levelled twice.
 
Daniel Johnson scored two first-half goals for North End, a superb curling 25-yard effort and a penalty.
 
Rovers' Danny Graham also netted twice - first on the rebound after missing a penalty before the break, and a deflected equaliser in the second half.
Robinson's winner, his third goal in his last five league games, was a clinical finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards and capped a pulsating match, full of drama and attacking football.
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Match Officials: Blackburn Rovers Home

24 October 2019
Simon Grayson's side were clinical going forward as Johnson opened the scoring with a stunning first-time shot into the corner. Both penalties appeared clear-cut - Johnson first bringing down Blackburn's Sam Gallagher and Darragh Lenihan hand-balling while challenging PNE striker Simon Makienok.
 
Graham's weak spot-kick for Rovers was saved by Chris Maxwell, but the former Sunderland striker powered in the rebound after a mad goalmouth scramble.
 
Johnson stroked in his penalty, sending Jason Steele the wrong way, to make it 2-1 to the hosts at half-time.
 
Graham's second goal had an air of fortune, taking a deflection off Tom Clarke and past Maxwell, but Blackburn could not hold on for a point.

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