Match Day Thread Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers Deepdale 24/11/2020

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    LAST TIME OUT PRESTON NORTH END 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0

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    LUTON TOWN 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1

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    LAST SEASON PRESTON NORTH ND 3 BLACKBURN ROVERS 2

    Two down at half time to Sam Gallagher's brace, normality returned as we slotted three past the hapless Ewood boys in the second half

    FORM GUIDE MAX 25 POINTS

    PNE 8 ROVERS 6

    HEAD TO HEAD

    29/12/1888 FIRST MEETING

    PNE 1 BLACKBURN 0

    LAST ROVERS WIN AT DEEPDALE 21/11/2015 1-2

    BLACKBURN IMPORTS

    They have brought in three keepers Kaminski being the first choice of the three, Ayala on a free, Douglas from Leeds on loan and 12 year old Harvey Elliott on loan from the bin dippers

    MACS VIEW

    A local derby against the odd folk from East Lancashire, apparently having won their first couple of games scoring tons of goals they were going to regain their place at the top table of English football, they are now below in the table to a side who lost it's first six home games of the season, us.
    Bizarrely if we had had a decnt home record we actually could have been top lying only 8 points from pole position.
    Rovers have the top scorer in the division in Adam Armstrong they want £30 million for him, had the chance to sign for us but was obviously given wrong advice by his agent his loss not ours.
    Still without Bradley Dack following his cruciate injury at the back end of last year, they have some decent players, always rated Brereton, lads got some pace and had scored against us for Forest a few seasons back. Ayala tends to scoe against us, usually at the back post.
    Would be nice to send happy Tony home complaining as he tends to do when they lose.
    Pearson to return after his brief appearence as substitute, Browne may be back after the Covid's and may see Harrop on the bench after his knock in the bounce game against the six fingered ones last week.
    Off all the games we have played since lockdown this is the one which will bring home the absence of fans, would have been pushing close to 20,000 however it wll be an empty stadium.
     
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    It’s the first local derby of the season as Blackburn Rovers make the short trip across the M65 season on Tuesday night.

    Rovers sit just below the Lilywhites in the table, but it is a very tight division currently and Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to leapfrog North End by picking up a victory.

    For Alex Neil and his team, they have not won four of their last seven games and will look to increase that to five in eight against their east Lancashire opponents.


    Team News
    Manager Alex Neil welcomed back Ben Pearson into the squad for Saturday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday, but he was still without Ben Davies, Alan Browne and Andrew Hughes as well as long term casualty Louis Moult.

    For the visitors, Belgian goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski retained his place in the Rovers starting XI for Saturday's draw at Luton after his quarantine period ended just in time following a positive Covid-19 test on recent international duty. Backup keeper Aynsley Pears also made the weekend squad after recovering from illness at the last minute.

    Germany international Lewis Holtby didn't fare as well, with illness denying him a weekend appearance, but the visitors have recently added extra cover for his midfield role after re-signing former England man Stewart Downing for a second season in East Lancashire. He was part of the matchday squad for the first time this season on Saturday and will be pushing to be involved in the derby.

    Rovers will be waiting on the fitness of rising star Joe Rankin-Costello, who has impressed at full back this season, but was forced off through injury last time out. His replacement as substitute that afternoon, Ryan Nyambe, is also still striving for full fitness after returning from an international appearance for Namibia with a slight injury.

    Corry Evans is a slight doubt after returning from a trio of Northern Ireland matches with similar fitness issues, while defenders Derrick Williams and Daniel Ayala have also been sidelined for several weeks.

    The game comes a little too soon for Bradley Dack, who has spent 11 months on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury. He is expected to step up his return to fitness with an U23 appearance against Everton on Friday night after completing 45 minutes in a friendly against Sheffield United last Tuesday.

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    Match Officials
    For the second time this month, north east official Tony Harrington will take charge of the Lilywhites, having been here for the Birmingham City game three weeks ago,

    He took charge of just one game last season, the home game with our last opponents Gary Rowett’s Millwall at Deepdale, but in 2018/19 he took charge of three PNE games, the March trip to Reading, the 2-0 cup win at Leeds United back in August 2018 and the home game against West Bromwich Albion that autumn.

    Tony has been a familiar face over recent seasons. In 2017/18 he visited Deepdale twice,
    the Lilywhites’ opening day 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in Alex Neil’s first competitive game in charge of the club, and our Bank Holiday Monday clash with Derby County.

    The previous season he also took charge of another two North End games, the 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest and the thrilling 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale.

    The match official, who is now in his tenth year on the EFL list, has also been to PR1 on a number of previous occasions in the past, including the 2014/15 penalty win against Oldham Athletic in the JPT and the club’s last two home league games against Notts County, including a 2-0 win over the Magpies at Deepdale in February 2014.

    This will be the Cleveland referee’s tenth game of the season and so far he had issued 23 cautions and no red cards.

    He will be joined by assistants Shaun Hudson and Rob Merchant, whilst Australian official Jarred Gillett will be the fourth official.
     
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    1 down to a penalty Rafferty sent off
     
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    2 down not getting zilch from this
     
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    3-0 of was natives not happy hopefully put us in Tier 3 until the end of the season luckily probably not see Deepdale until September next year
     
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    That was a miserable affair. Future not looking bright. 4 key players heading towards exit next Summer. Sending off was no excuse. Rovers all over NE before it.
     
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    Might be January exit door for the four

    Blackburn continued their free-scoring Championship form with a dominant victory against Preston in the Lancashire derby.

    Preston arguably had no way back into the game moments before half-time when left-back Joe Rafferty was sent off for hauling down Sam Gallagher in the penalty area.

    Adam Armstrong converted the spot-kick for the opener before Ben Brereton and former Lilywhite Tyrhys Dolan added the second and third in the second half.

    Preston have still won just once at home in the Championship this season, losing the other six, while Rovers are now unbeaten in their past four games.

    Tony Mowbray's side also top the scoring charts in the division with 25 from 13 games.

    The hosts failed to register a shot on target for the whole game while Blackburn dominated possession in the second half.

    Even before Armstrong opened the scoring, the Rovers striker twice went close to netting his 12th league goal of the season in 13 appearances.

    Declan Rudd made a smart block from his follow-up after an initial Darragh Lenihan strike before Armstrong narrowly fired over from distance.

    But as Gallagher burst clear down the Preston right, Rafferty could not keep pace and his foul was immediately punished with a red card from referee Tony Harrington.

    Armstrong stepped up to find the bottom left corner and then after the break Brereton slotted home from 12 yards with his left instep after Joe Rothwell burst unhindered into the Preston penalty area.

    Brereton then turned provider for the third with a defence-splitting low ball from the right across the six-yard box which found substitute Dolan unmarked at the back post to tap home into the empty net.

    Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

    "I think the game probably took shape the way we expected it to. We found it hard to build from the back with the personnel we have missing and the lack of balance with a lot of right-footed players.

    "The disappointing fact from our point of view was they had the ball for the majority of the first half and we were defending well off the ball.

    "But, the penalty comes off the back of us probably having the best chance of the first half.

    "It's hard enough applying pressure on Blackburn on the ball in the first half with 11 players, never mind with only 10.

    "At the moment, we lack the pace in transition and we lacked mobility tonight for some of their goals."

    Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

    "I think we know we're capable of performances like that. I think they've been coming.

    "We had eight first-team players unavailable for tonight, but the team that we picked got the job done and we felt reasonably comfortable from the start.

    "Obviously the sending off helped, but it's not an accident that people get sent off. That's now three or four teams we've played this season who've had players sent off because of our ability to break forward past players at pace.

    "I'm pleased with the points as I've said before, when we get some of the injuries and Covid-19 issues out of the way, we're going to be a pretty strong team."
     
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