Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers

A last minute equaliser for PNE in front of 6,000 travelling fans

Saturday 18th March – 1pm kick off – Ewood Park – Sky bet Championship

Over 14,000 Preston fans have travelled around the country on the last three Saturday away games, with 6,000 making the short trip to Blackburn. Absolutely fantastic support.

Tom Barkhuizen gave Preston a 13th minute lead, scoring his fifth goal in four games, with some lovely link up play with Hugill. However, Preston seemed to sit back and invite pressure, after multiple warning shots flying over the bar Bennett fired home a 20 yard equaliser.

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Ewood Park

To go into the break level was probably a fair result, with Rovers fans the happier of the two, North End fans frustrated at the lack of desire since the goal. Preston looked to have regrouped at half time with Horgan and McGeady sending beautiful crosses into the box in front of the away fans.

Marvin Emnes who bossed Daniel Johnson all day in midfield gifted Conway a ball at his feet who scored from 12 yards out to give the home team the lead they ultimately deserved. An odd decision to bring off Horgan for Robinson frustrated Preston fans and  they looked to play all week without scoring with every pass going astray. Until Grayson finally brought Johnson off in place of Paul Gallagher. Gallagher changed the game completely and deserves to start in place of Johnson when we return to Deepdale. Cunningham and Gallagher forced Steele to make a double save.

The fourth official signalled for four minutes added time and with this new found life the boys in yellow pushed for an equaliser. Huntington had the ball in the back of the net, from a Gallagher cross on 90+1 but the assistant had his flag up for offside, will be interesting to see whether he was offside – Preston have seemingly been unlucky with some of those decisions recently. A goal mouth scramble lead to the equaliser with Barkhuizen, Gallagher and Clarke all passing the ball around in front of goal before

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Full time celebrations

McGeady got a shot away.

A sweet last minute equaliser sent the travelling fans into utter delight.Where Preston deserved a point is down to each individual fan, in comparison to last Saturdays game against Reading, we massively underperformed against a team fighting for survival, but ultimately we kept fighting till the death.

A further point on the road, signifies the completion of a good month for Preston who have a couple of weeks to recover with the international breaking taking place next month.

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