How the Preston North End players rated in 4-1 Lancashire derby win over Blackburn Rovers
Plenty of Preston North End players caught the eye in the big Deepdale derby win over Blackburn on Saturday.
Declan Rudd 8
Retained his place and justified that selection with first-half saves from Dack – twice – and Mulgrew. Handling was good too.
Tom Clarke 7
The skipper is steadily making the right-back spot his own, this another soild display as the defence in the main held firm.
Paul Huntington 7
A steady performance at the heart of the back four, won plenty of air although did allow Graham the header for Rovers’ goal.
Ben Davies 8
Like in recent weeks, looked so comfortable on the ball and read the game well. Brings an air of calmness to the defence.
Josh Earl 7
Added his height to the defence when he tucked in next to the centre-backs. Kept busy by Bennett and Nyambe down that side.
STAR MAN: Ben Pearson 8
Stopped Dack playing, that part of an excellent all-round midfield display in which he used the ball well and controlled play.
Paul Gallagher 7
Quietly effective in midfield, pushed up a little higher in the first half to deny Rovers room and got through plenty of work.
Tom Barkhuizen 8
Fired North End into a very early lead with an assured finish and played a big part in the third goal. Was a big threat down the right.
Alan Browne 8
Provided the assists for the first two goals and then got on the scoresheet for the fourth. A real workhorse in midfield.
Callum Robinson 8
Showed good movement and composure to net the second goal and was a real livewire until he limped off with a hamstring strain.
Lukas Nmecha 6
Got somewhat roughed-up by the Blackburn defence, this the type of game he will learn plenty from.
Louis Moult 8
Introduced after an hour and made a big impact. His general play was very good and he scored the third goal and created the fourth.
Brandon Barker 7
Used his pace well as PNE counter-attacked on Rovers in the closing stages.
Ryan Ledson 6
A late replacement for Pearson and slotted in well in the holding midfield role.