Ched Evans scored twice as Preston beat Blackburn 4-1 at Ewood Park to enter the top six in the Championship.
Ryan Lowe’s side largely beat and dominated their Lancashire rivals with a ruthless display. Ben Woodburn’s cool 17th-minute finish put the visitors on their way and Evans came in from close range minutes after the restart to put Preston in control.
Blackburn rallied and got back into the game through Bradley Dack in the 55th minute, but Preston clinically put their hosts to the sword with two goals in the space of three minutes in the second half thanks to the powerful Evans’ header and Ben Whiteman’s deflection in the 65th minute.
Preston’s fourth victory in five matches moves them up to fourth, one place behind their opponents. Despite all the brilliance of the visitors, Blackburn notably offered the first two goals and went completely haywire in a back-to-back derby defeat.
The visitors settled in fastest and took the lead in the 17th minute when Ryan Ledson cut off a poor pass from Scott Wharton and fed Evans, whose perfectly weighted ball found Woodburn in space at the edge of the box and he calmly lifted the ball to the lower right. corner.
The break couldn’t come soon enough for Blackburn but they got themselves more punishment two minutes into the restart as Lewis Travis was robbed at the edge of his own area by Woodburn before Daniel Johnson entered the surfaces and crosses over for Evans to calmly return home. from 10 meters.
Blackburn needed a spark and they got it in the 55th minute when Hayden Carter’s deep cross was held brilliantly by Ben Brereton Díaz and Dack reacted fastest to slam the ball in from close range. Preston continued to press, as Potts saw a shot from 25 yards brilliantly knocked down by Thomas Kaminski before Liam Lindsay headed in the resulting corner.
The visitors got the goal their positivity deserved when a teasing cross from Greg Cunningham was met by an imposing 63rd-minute header from Evans that flew past Kaminski. Two minutes later, the Preston opened up Blackburn again when Johnson fed Whiteman to the edge of the area and his low drive was deflected into the bottom corner.
City of Bristol moved above Rotherham with a 3-1 win at New York Stadium. Wes Harding’s own goal was canceled out by Chiedozie Ogbene but the visitors regained the lead through Joe Williams on the half-hour mark and Cameron Pring sealed the victory in the second half.
The cold weather led to postponements in leagues one and two. Accrington v Portsmouth, MK Dons v Fleetwood and Oxford v Barnsley are all in the third tier, while League Two games at Carlisle, Crewe, Harrogate, Rochdale and Salford are canceled due to frozen grounds.