Preston 1-2 Blackburn- Match Report

Derby delight for new Blackburn boss Paul LambertPaul Lambert tasted a sweet Lancashire derby victory in his first game since being appointed Blackburn manager as they beat Preston 2-1 at Deepdale.Joe Garner gave Preston hope after a Jordan Pickford own goal and a Jordan Rhodes penalty had put Rovers 2-0 up in the second half, but the visitors held on to win the local rivals' first competitive meeting since 2001.Preston defender Bailey Wright was then sent off for a second yellow card in the final minute.The result halted a run of six unbeaten games for Preston and means Blackburn have now gone four matches without defeat in the Sky Bet Championship.Preston started the game the better and their first opening came after 10 minutes when Paul Gallagher fired an effort from 18 yards which was held by Jason Steele low to his left at the second attempt.And the hosts, who had previously kept a club record-equalling six successive clean sheets, continued to press as Adam Reach squandered an opening down the left before Steele caught Alan Browne's attempted lob from 20 yards.Shane Duffy went close to opening the scoring after 22 minutes, when he headed a Craig Conway corner just wide from 12 yards.Lambert's side took the lead after 31 minutes.Corry Evans' shot from 20 yards came back off the post before Paul Huntington cleared Duffy's strike off the line, but the ball struck goalkeeper Pickford and dribbled into the net - meaning Preston had conceded their first goal in 570 minutes of football.On the stroke of half-time, Daniel Johnson almost equalised with a free-kick attempt from the edge of the area, which curled just wide of the far post.Blackburn had the first chance of the second half as Craig Conway broke down the left but his strike on the angle from 20 yards was over the bar.And Lambert's side took a huge step towards victory after 52 minutes when Chris Taylor was brought down by Huntington in the area and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.Rhodes slotted the ball home to make it 2-0

Garner, seeking his first Championship goal, missed a great chance to pull one back moments later, slicing Reach's cross wide when unmarked from eight yards.But Garner did score after 67 minutes, picking up on the loose ball and driving low into the corner from 15 yards to drag Preston back into the game.Simon Grayson's side pushed for the equaliser, opening space for Blackburn to exploit

When Ben Marshall broke forward after 77 minutes, his cross was cleared to Martin Olsson who wastefully fired over from 20 yards.Preston piled on the pressure and Grant Hanley was forced into a superb defensive header to clear Gallagher's free-kick after 83 minutes to maintain Blackburn's lead.And in added time Wright picked up his second yellow card, for pulling down Bengali-Fode Koita, and was dismissed

Source : PA

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