Preston 3-2 Blackburn Player Ratings: forwards impress

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Preston 3-2 Blackburn

Here are The Football Lab’s player ratings for Preston’s 3-2 win over Blackburn.

Preston North End

Chris Maxwell – let in two, but nearly kept out Graham from the spot-kick and stopped the striker’s header in the first half. 5

Alex Baptiste – too often tried to do the centre-back’s jobs. Offered little in attack. 3
Tommy Clarke – could have been braver. Looked a liability at times. 4
Bailey Wright – made a few crucial blocks in the second half. 8
Greg Cunningham – not as involved as usual in an attacking sense. Rarely tested defensively by Feeney. 4

Marnick Vermijl – caused problems for Williams down the right, despite playing out of position. 7
Ben Pearson – worked hard in the first half but struggled with physical aspects of the game after the break. 5
Daniel Johnson – when Preston controlled the midfield, his composure and quality was central. Excellent in the first half. 7
Callum Robinson – tore Marshall apart. His run led to Johnson’s opener, then a goal of his own to win it late on. 8

Jordan Hugill – moved into wide areas and linked up play well in the first half. Suffered from a lack of support after the break. 6
Simon Makienok – worked hard and given that Preston played a lot of high balls from midfield, his height and presence was a key part of their attack. 9

Ben Pringle (on 76) – looked reasonably creative and lively. 6
Tommy Spurr (on 87)
Paul Huntington (on 90+6)

Blackburn Rovers

Jason Steele – could not save his side when under pressure. 3

Ben Marshall – looked uncomfortable with the defensive side of the game and rarely got forward. 2
Darragh Lenihan – uncomfortable at centre-back and gave away a penalty for handball. May be more suited to playing in midfield. 3
Charlie Mulgrew – started off a lot of attacks. His composure on the ball may have been better used in midfield. 7
Derrick Williams – needed to be more aggressive against Marnick Vermijl. 2

Liam Feeney – offered next to nothing. Needed to challenge for the ball more and help the midfield. 2
Jason Lowe – did not defend Blackburn’s half with the required bravery. Wasteful in possession. 3
Corry Evans – overrun for most of the first half but steadily improved. 4
Craig Conway – looked to cut inside and create. Key to his side’s better spells. 7

Danny Graham – bundled the ball home after his penalty was saved and grabbed his second after the break. Could have had more goals but for strong interventions. 9
Sam Gallagher – the loanee’s good movement made him a handful for Preston’s defence. Him and Graham did superbly given they were barely fed the ball when the game was level. 8

Marvin Emnes – his presence helped Blackburn camp further up the pitch. Made a transformative difference to the team’s all-round play. 9
Gordon Greer (on 79)
Anthony Stokes (on 87)

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