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A Match To Remember: Blackburn Rovers

10 February 2021

Back in 2016 Preston North End kept up an excellent run of form with a narrow win at ten-man Blackburn Rovers.

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iFollow Information For Blackburn Rovers vs PNE

9 February 2021

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 and whilst Rovers pressed for an equaliser after the break, visiting keeper Anders Lindegaard was largely untroubled.

The hosts 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.

After the game Blackburn Rover 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. 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.

"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 (Huntingtin, 80), Garner (Beckford, 86), Hugill. Subs not used: Kirkland, Vermijl, Doyle, Robinson.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Attendance: 21,029

With the game live on Sky Sports, it is not available in the UK and Ireland on iFollow PNE. An audio pass is available in those regions and in certain overseas territories, you can still purchase an iFollow PNE match pass, with Jonathan Breeze and Paul McKenna on commentary duty from 7.15pm. To sign up for an audio pass, or to check if the live video pass is available in your country, click here now.

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