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Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers LIVE: Championship result, final score and reaction

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Follow live coverage as Preston North End face Blackburn Rovers in the Championship today.

An increasingly competitive second tier in English football remains an intense and exciting competition, with the prize of a place in the Premier League on offer at the end of the season.

Last year Southampton, Leicester City and Leeds United were relegated from the top flight and all are hopeful of making a quick return - but the likes of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland all have real promotion ambitions too.

At the other end of the table, QPR, Cardiff City and Birmingham City will hope for better campaigns than last year’s relegation struggle - while newcomers Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to survive after dramatic progress through the play-offs.

Follow live updates from today’s game in the live blog below.

Preston North End FC 2 - 2 Blackburn Rovers FC

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:58

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:58

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:58

Foul by Milutin Osmajic (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:56

Attempt saved. Liam Millar (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Lindsay.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:56

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aynsley Pears.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:56

Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:56

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:54

Jordan Storey (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:54

Foul by Mads Frökjaer-Jensen (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:54

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:50

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:51

Attempt missed. Milutin Osmajic (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:47

Layton Stewart (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:47

Offside, Preston North End. Layton Stewart is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:45

Substitution, Preston North End. Milutin Osmajic replaces Emil Riis.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:45

Substitution, Preston North End. Ali McCann replaces Robert Brady because of an injury.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:41

Delay in match because of an injury Robert Brady (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:41

Attempt saved. Emil Riis (Preston North End) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:39

Foul by Robert Brady (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:38

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:38

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chrisene.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:38

Foul by Robert Brady (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:35

Hand ball by Kyle McFadzean (Blackburn Rovers).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:34

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Foul by Mads Frökjaer-Jensen (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Substitution, Preston North End. Layton Stewart replaces Will Keane.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Delay in match because of an injury Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:30

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:27

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Chrisene replaces Ryan Hedges.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:27

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Arnór Sigurdsson replaces Tyrhys Dolan.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:27

Attempt missed. Mads Frökjaer-Jensen (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:27

Liam Millar (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:23

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Hedges.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:21

Attempt blocked. Callum Brittain (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:19

Foul by Mads Frökjaer-Jensen (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:18

Attempt blocked. Emil Riis (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:31

Delay in match (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:15

Attempt blocked. Robert Brady (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:13

Robert Brady (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:10

Liam Millar (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:10

Robert Brady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:10

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

16:07

Second Half begins Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:52

First Half ends, Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:51

Attempt blocked. Robert Brady (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:48

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:45

Goal! Preston North End 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Emil Riis (Preston North End) left footed shot from very close range following a corner.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:45

Attempt saved. Liam Lindsay (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:45

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ryan Hedges.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:41

Goal! Preston North End 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Robert Brady (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Andrew Hughes following a corner.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:40

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:38

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:37

Sondre Tronstad (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:37

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:35

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

17:02

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) with an attempt from the centre of the box.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:41

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Brady with a headed pass.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:54

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sondre Tronstad.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:30

Foul by Jordan Storey (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:25

Goal! Preston North End 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:25

Liam Millar (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:22

Will Keane (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:20

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Sammie Szmodics is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:20

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jake Garrett replaces John Fleck because of an injury.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:18

Delay in match because of an injury John Fleck (Blackburn Rovers).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:18

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Robert Brady.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:18

Attempt saved. Liam Millar (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:18

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emil Riis.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:11

Emil Riis (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:09

Goal! Preston North End 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Gallagher with a through ball.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:07

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hedges with a headed pass.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:05

Foul by John Fleck (Blackburn Rovers).

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

15:03

First Half begins.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

14:30

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers

14:00

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