Preston strike late to prevail in Lancashire derby


Liam Lindsay headed in a 90th-minute winner as Preston sealed a 2-1 Lancashire derby win at Blackburn on Friday night.

Alan Browne had put North End in front with a fierce first-half effort, before Sammie Szmodics hit back for Rovers at Ewood Park, his 10th goal of the season making him the outright top scorer in the league.

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Alan Browne gave Preston North End the lead in the Lancashire derby at Ewood Park in the Sky Bet Championship against Blackburn Rovers with a neat touch and finish

But Lindsay then popped up as the game ticked towards stoppage-time, heading in to secure victory for Preston.

It is a result that guarantees Ryan Lowe’s side will remain in the top six heading into the weekend and the upcoming international break.

Preston strike late to earn Ewood Park bragging rights

Blackburn went so close twice in the first half either side of Preston’s opener, hitting the crossbar first on 20 minutes as Arnor Sigurdsson volleyed onto the woodwork from Tyrhys Dolan’s cross, before Andrew Moran also struck virtually the same spot from just inside the box just before the break.

Preston at the other end were more clinical with their one big chance. Brad Potts played a pinpoint diagonal into the path of Browne, who lashed one ferociously past the helpless Leopold Wahlstedt.

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Sammie Szmodics levelled the scores between Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End with a well placed finish in the Lancashire derby

Shortly after the break, Blackburn did find their equaliser. It was no surprise who got it, as Szmodics controlled a Moran pass brilliantly before getting into the box and steering a shot past Freddie Woodman.

Preston then hit the woodwork themselves as Duane Holmes found the ball at his feet in the box, before rattling the Blackburn post just after the hour.

But they did find the winner just before the board went up to show six minutes of added time, as they recycled a corner and Ben Whiteman’s cross found Lindsay, who powered a header home in front of the delirious away support.

The managers

Blackburn’s Jon Dahl Tomasson:

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Preston’s Ryan Lowe:

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What’s next?

Both sides have a fortnight off until the Championship returns after the international break. On Saturday November 25 Blackburn head to Stoke and Preston host Cardiff for 3pm kick-offs.



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