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Anthony Gordon baffled by Blackburn penalty decision as Alex Neil explains his absence

Preston picked up a big win when they needed it most, beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park on Friday night.

North End’s form leading into the Lancashire derby was dismal, picking up just four points from six games, and last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United left many disappointed.

Alex Neil’s side came up big on Friday though, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half as January signings Greg Cunningham and Liam Lindsay both found the net.

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Adam Armstrong scored from a soft penalty to haul Rovers back into the game, but Preston saw out the second half brilliantly to take all three points.

Neil went with a 3-4-1-2 system, which worked to perfection – and may have been somewhat influenced by Anthony Gordon’s absence.

The Everton loanee impressed on his debut last week, but wasn’t in the squad to face Rovers having picked up a knock in training.

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Neil confirmed that the injury isn’t a major problem, just a ‘little niggle’, meaning the winger should be available for Tuesday’s game against Watford or the trip to Cardiff City next weekend.

Gordon may not have been involved last night, but he was active on Twitter, questioning just how on earth Blackburn were given a penalty in the first half as Sam Gallagher went over with little contact from Andrew Hughes.

Fans will love him posting these kind of tweets, as Gordon is showing that he is committed to the Preston cause – which already puts him one up on some North End loanees from over the years.

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