Match preview: Blackburn Rovers v PNE

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By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


First up for Preston North End after the international break is a short trip down the M65 to face local rivals Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

The last time these two sides met, Rovers manager Paul Lambert secured his first as the new Blackburn boss, Jordan Rhodes scoring from the penalty spot to secure a 2-1 win at Deepdale.

Rovers have won four out of their last five league matches at Ewood Park, claiming victories against promotion hopefuls Birmingham and Middlesbrough along the way.

Meanwhile, substitute Eoin Doyle scored an injury-time equalizer to salvage a point for North End against Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale just under a fortnight ago.

There will be 7,000 North End supporters making the trip to Ewood Park tomorrow, something Preston manager Simon Grayson is delighted about.

He added it will be a tough game but admits his team has done well in the local derbies this season, picking up wins at Burnley and Bolton Wanderers.

Whilst Lambert knows he can’t afford to be complacent because there aren’t a massive amount of points between his side and the drop zone, he is confident they can finish strongly and climb up the table.

Despite setbacks along the way, the former Aston Villa boss believes his side have been putting in good performances of late.

Onto team news, PNE’s Jermaine Beckford, Joe Garner and Alan Browne are all set to be in contention for the derby match.

Defender Paul Huntington is also expected to be back whilst Bailey Wright and Anders Lindegaard have both returned from international duty without any injuries.

As for the hosts, Captain Grant Hanley will be unavailable after he was sent off towards the end of their last match against Brentford.

Midfielder Jason Lowe could be set for his first appearance since Lambert took charge at Rovers, after overcoming the latest setback following a foot injury.

Should PNE claim victory tomorrow, they could move to within six points of the play-offs.

Rovers have the chance to jump up two places into 12th if they claim all three points.

If you are not making the journey to Ewood Park tomorrow, follow @SportPluto for full match coverage, including team news.

 

 

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