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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Preston North End: Josh Harrop cancels out Adam Armstrong opener

Josh Harrop scoring
Preston's Josh Harrop scored from 20 yards out to equalise for the Lilywhites

A superb volley from Josh Harrop cancelled out Adam Armstrong's early finish as Preston North End drew with Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Armstrong skipped past Patrick Bauer and linked up with Lewis Holtby before sliding the ball past Declan Rudd to put the hosts in front inside the first five minutes at Ewood Park.

An injury to Rovers midfielder Corry Evans halted the game for several minutes, as medical staff stretchered off the Northern Ireland international following a challenge from Preston captain Tom Clarke.

The pause in play sparked life into Alex Neil's side, who grabbed an equaliser when Harrop rifled a volley into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

A great save by North End goalkeeper Rudd prevented the hosts from taking the lead when Holtby fired towards the top-left corner after 30 minutes.

Both defences remained solid in the second half before Armstrong's cross was glanced by substitute Danny Graham onto the post.

Tosin Adarabioyo then almost grabbed a late winner for the hosts but Rudd brilliantly turned his effort wide to ensure a point for the Lilywhites.

Preston's new signing Scott Sinclair made his debut in the final 10 minutes of the game and North End fans will hope the forward can help end their side's run of five league games without a win.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a typical derby game right from the first whistle to the last, nobody gave an inch.

"I think on the balance we had the better chances, we threatened their goal more but they scored a wonder goal.

"It was an attritional game as you might expect, a local derby."

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"He's (Harrop) one of those you always want to put in the team, but sometimes when you play the teams that can move the ball really well, defensively we still need to do a bit of work with him.

"That's something we need to improve on. But what he does give us is a real threat going the other way.

"In recent weeks, we've struggled to score and then he smashes that in and it's a stunning strike.

"The important thing for us is we needed to get a point on the board, especially after the last two home games. We are a momentum-based team. Those points are big for us because we are a relatively young group and that point will hopefully spur us on."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forBennettat 51'minutes
  • 26LenihanBooked at 51mins
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 17Bell
  • 27TravisBooked at 67mins
  • 29EvansSubstituted forJohnsonat 13'minutes
  • 9Gallagher
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forGrahamat 69'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 7Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 4Johnson
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 11Chapman
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 31Bennett

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forPottsat 88'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forStockleyat 62'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 10HarropSubstituted forSinclairat 81'minutes
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 20Stockley
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Ripley
  • 31Sinclair
  • 35Nugent
  • 44Potts
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
19,963

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Preston North End 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt saved. Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Sinclair replaces Josh Harrop.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Foul by Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).

Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Lewis Holtby.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

Booking

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Christian Walton tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joseph Rafferty.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

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