Preston North End edged out Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers to seal three points thanks to a frantic first-half performance at Ewood Park.
Preston took the lead against the run of play thanks to Greg Cunningham’s superb strike and doubled their advantage through Liam Lindsay’s header.
Blackburn hit back on the stroke of half-time through Adam Armstrong’s penalty after Andrew Hughes was judged to have brought down Sam Gallagher.
Bradley Dack had the ball in the net for Blackburn late on but his close-range effort was flagged for offside.
The result moves Preston up to 10th in the table and level on points with eighth-placed Blackburn, with both sides six points off the play-off places.
More to follow.
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- 6LindsayBooked at 84mins
- 18LedsonBooked at 61mins
- 11JohnsonSubstituted forPottsat 76′minutes
- 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forRiis Jakobsenat 76′minutes
- 26EvansSubstituted forMolumbyat 90+2′minutes
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- 19Riis Jakobsen
Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Preston North End 2.
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tyrhys Dolan tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.
Barry Douglas (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Brad Potts (Preston North End).
Substitution, Preston North End. Jayson Molumby replaces Ched Evans.
Offside, Preston North End. Brad Potts tries a through ball, but Ched Evans is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Ledson following a corner.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jarrad Branthwaite.
Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Lewis Travis.
Liam Lindsay (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Liam Lindsay (Preston North End).
Attempt blocked. Tyrhys Dolan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong tries a through ball, but Bradley Dack is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Storey.