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Jan 11, 2020 at 3pm UK at Ewood Park
Attendance: 19,963
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
PrestonPreston North End
FT(HT: 1-1)
Harrop (17')

Result: Harrop stunner earns Preston point in Lancashire derby

Adam Armstrong gave Blackburn an early led in the 1-1 draw.

Josh Harrop's thunderbolt helped Preston secure a 1-1 draw in the Lancashire derby at Blackburn.

The former Manchester United forward struck in the 17th minute – his second goal in as many games – to cancel out Adam Armstrong's close-range finish in the third minute for his eighth of the season.

It was all set for a grandstand finish that never came in a desperately disappointing second half. The closest either side came to grabbing a winner was when Declan Rudd left Armstrong's cross, only to see it hit the woodwork.

The draw does neither side any good in the pursuit for a top-six finish; both are now five without a league win.

Alex Neil's men remain two points from the play-offs, and Blackburn stay five points adrift.

Ryan Nyambe returned from injury as part of five Blackburn alterations, while Ben Davies, Harrop and Joe Rafferty were the only survivors from Preston's FA Cup defeat to Norwich.

Rovers hit the front in the third minute but Preston had themselves to blame as Tom Clarke's poor pass was cut out and allowed Armstrong to burst into the box.

He appeared to have lost control of the ball but the visiting defence made a mess of clearing and the in-form forward pounced to slot home his third in his last five outings.

His snapshot almost doubled the lead but the Lilywhites regrouped and notched a spectacular equaliser in the 17th minute when Paul Gallagher's free-kick was nodded back by Patrick Bauer into the path of the onrushing Harrop who rifled an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.

But the hosts finished the half strongly, as Rudd produced a flying save to keep Lewis Holtby's shot out of the top corner, and the German also whistled one just over in first-half stoppage time.

There was still enough time for Armstrong to miss a great opportunity, firing wide of the far post when profiting from a quick free-kick.

It took until the 71st minute for a chance of any note in a second half short of quality, but former Blackburn man Gallagher curled his 25-yard set-piece wide.

Moments later, a long punt almost put Sean Maguire through after a slip by Amari'i Bell but the left-back reacted admirably, blocking the shot.

At the other end, Armstrong's teasing inswinging cross was left to go wide by Rudd, only for the ball to hit the post, and the goalkeeper grabbed the rebound four minutes from time.

Rudd made amends in stoppage time though, clawing away Tosin Adarabioyo's acrobatic flick to preserve the point.

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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