A woeful Preston North End were brushed aside by Blackburn Rovers in a miserable 3-0 defeat in a Lancashire derby at Deepdale.
The Lilywhites who were reduced to 10 men at the end of the first half only managed three shots the whole game and none were on target. They were also limited to only 20% of the ball as Rovers controlled play from the first whistle to the last.
Preston, coming off the back of victory against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, made one change with Alan Browne returning to the side. Right back Darnell Fisher kept his place despite being investigated by the FA for an incident during the game.
Rovers, whose form has staggered of late made three changes from their draw with Luton with pacy right back Ryan Nyambe the most notable change.
Blackburn started the game brightly, with plenty of the ball and Nyambe finding space and delivering crosses from the right. The first chance for the Lancashire side fell when Ben Brereton flashed a shot wide.
Preston continued to allow pressure and almost found themselves behind when Brereton’s shot was palmed clear by Rudd and Armstrongs follow up shot was blocked.
The chances continued and only in the 44th minute did the White’s muster a chance of their own with Daniel Johnson had a couple of shots blocked.
Disaster struck however, when a minute later Blackburn Striker Sam Gallagher broke free, he was bundled down in the box by Joe Rafferty and the referee pointed to the spot. Rafferty was shown a straight red for the challenge.
Armstrong stepped up and comfortably converted his 12th goal of a remarkable season. Thats how it ended at the break.
The second half started much like the first and things got worse for North End when Joe Rothwell burst into the box and slipped the ball to Brereton to add a second for the visitors.
Blackburn introduced Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliot just after the hour another example of the quality their squad possess. The same can’t be said for Preston whose introductions of Potts and Maguire did nothing to help their cause.
Prestons misery was compounded when in the 76th minute former Preston Academy graduate Thrhys Dolan was left unmarked to tap in Brereton’s cross to add a third. Fisher may as well have been suspended for all the good he did to prevent the goal.
By the end it was a free-for-all with substitutes John Buckley and Jacob Davenport both having chances, but the game ended 3-0.
The result for Blackburn shows the squads capability that their league position doesn’t perhaps suggest. But for Preston the win on Saturday was a brief relief from terrible home form that has seen them take only four points a Deepdale this season.
With a trip to highflying Watford on Saturday things won’t get any easier for Preston, but tonight is one to forget.