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Match Report: PNE 1 Blackburn Rovers 4

25 April 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 1 Blackburn Rovers 4

25 April 2022

Two goals either side of Alan Browne’s first-half strike saw Preston North End lose 4-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers.

The visitors rushed into a two-goal lead, with Sam Gallagher and John Buckley on the scoresheet inside 12 minutes, before Browne pulled one back just before the half-hour mark.

Darragh Lenihan and Lewis Travis then extended Rovers’ lead with goals either side of half-time to earn them the three points.

It was first blood to the visitors within the first nine minutes, as a free-kick from the left was headed against the post by Ben Brereton Diaz, before the ball fell kindly for Gallagher who headed home from close range.

They soon had a second, too, with Buckley being allowed room in midfield and he chose to shoot, beating Iversen with a low strike from 25 yards.

North End halved the deficit just short of the half-hour mark, as Greg Cunningham made great progress in the Rovers half before finding skipper Browne, who saw his goalwards shot deflect off a defender and into the back of the net.

The visitors regained their two-goal advantage eight minutes later, as Joe Rothwell chipped a free-kick towards the far post and Lenihan rose highest to loop a header back across goal and into the right-hand corner.

At the other end, Thomas Kaminski was forced into a smart reflex save to tip over a clearance from team-mate Travis, who made it four shortly into the second period, finding the bottom corner from just inside the area.

PNE so nearly drew a goal back on 59 minutes, as Patrick Bauer saw a header blocked by Cameron Archer, and the ball fell to Emil Riis who struck a low shot towards goal, which Kaminski kept out with his right boot.

Iversen was soon called into action to deny Rovers another goal, saving with his feet from Gallagher, and Brereton Diaz then saw a header bounce off the top of the crossbar, but Rovers held on to their lead to seal victory.

PNE line-up: Iversen; van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes (Rafferty, 71); Potts, Whiteman (McCann, 82), Browne, Johnson, Cunningham (Maguire, 45); Riis, Evans. Subs not used: Ripley, Lindsay, Sinclair, O’Neill.

Blackburn Rovers line-up: Kaminski; Lenihan, van Hecke, Wharton, Pickering; Travis, Rothwell (Edun, 87), Buckley (Dack, 87); Hedges, Gallagher (Poveda, 79), Brereton Diaz. Subs not used: Pears, Ayala, Dolan, Zeeifuk.

Attendance: 15,229 (3,361 away fans).

Referee: Mr J Simpson.

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