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Defence the catalyst to victory

21 November 2015

Paul Lambert hailed an impressive defensive display as Rovers stormed to a 2-1 victory over Preston North End at Deepdale.

The visitors, roared on by 5,500 fans, opened the scoring just after the half hour, as Jordan Pickford diverted the ball into his own net following a goalmouth scramble after Corry Evans had struck the post.

Jordan Rhodes doubled the lead in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot before ex-Rover Joe Garner reduced the deficit in the 67th minute.

In the final stages, Bailey Wright was sent off for North End after receiving his second yellow card.

Speaking after the game, Lambert praised everybody involved in the win.

“I thought the players were extraordinary,” he said.

“I thought they were excellent in the way they played and the way they went about it.

“The back four were great for us, they were the catalyst and the cornerstone of the win.

“Preston haven’t conceded a goal in six games, it’s an extraordinary record and I think we deserve so much credit scoring not one but two goals. It could have been more on the counter attack, so to come here and do that against a side that hasn’t conceded in six is a big effort.”

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