Josh Ginnelly scores first goal since Preston loan exit - against Blackpool

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Preston endured a difficult Saturday afternoon, losing 1-0 at home to Millwall in a damaging defeat to our playoff hopes.

Shaun Hutchinson’s goal proved to be the winner, giving the Lions all three points at Deepdale. In a disappointing display, there wasn’t much for Preston fans to shout about.

If there was one thing to chuckle at, it was the manner of Blackpool’s defeat. Having a laugh at your rivals is one thing that will never change, but Saturday’s instance was particularly funny.

Josh Ginnelly of Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

The Tangerines – who sacked ex-Preston boss Simon Grayson just days earlier – headed down to take on Bristol Rovers, who went into the game on a 14-game winless run.

Blackpool did take the lead through Gary Madine, but Ben Heneghan’s red card allowed Rovers back into the game, with Alfie Kilgour equalising before the moment that would have made Preston fans laugh.

Jonson Clarke-Harris struck the ball towards goal, and it found its way into the net via Josh Ginnelly – the winger Preston have loaned out to Bristol Rovers.

Preston North End’s Josh Ginnelly. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

That was Ginnelly’s first goal for Rovers since his January move, and seeing a Preston-owned player condemn Blackpool to defeat was one of the few minor positives from Saturday.

Hopefully Ginnelly can now kick on, even if the goal was somewhat fortuitous. He was barely given a kick at North End, but the hope will be that first-team football in League One will stand him in good stead for pre-season with Preston – and his winner against Blackpool will make him just that little more popular.

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