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Blackburn gave their fading playoff hopes a lift as they produced one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Championship. Sam Gallagher opened the scoring in the ninth minute before John Buckley doubled their advantage in the 12th minute. Alan Browne pulled one back in the 29th minute before Darragh Lenihan restored their two-goal advantage in the 37th minute. Lewis Travis sealed the three points in the 52nd minute.

Managers Reaction 

Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “We weren’t on the front foot, we were too slow at passing the ball, they jumped all over us, they were more aggressive and they were worthy of their goals. You can’t give any team in this division three goals for a start and we’ve done that on a couple of occasions. It hasn’t been often, but it’s disappointing to lose a derby in that way. I’ve got belief in the group, but you can’t keep giving teams opportunities and you can’t keep clawing back twos and threes – it doesn’t work. That’s what I’m disappointed about. It’s hurting at the moment and the fans are hurting probably. We want to bring the good times back to this football club, but performances like that won’t.”

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “Even in the early season, when we were building towards second and winning by fours and fives, I’m not sure we were as controlled as we were tonight. It was almost as if a bit of pressure has come off them and they just went and played. I keep saying to them that they have to learn how to play under pressure – that’s part of the growing process of becoming a footballer – and yet, the majority of them are 21, 22, and 23 years old. They are not 27, 28, and haven’t been through the journey yet.”

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