Blackburn Rovers earned bragging rights last night following an impressive 3-0 win at Lancashire rivals Preston North End.
Tony Mowbray’s side have been building up some momentum in recent weeks, and their victory at Deepdale made it eight points from four matches in November.
With Barry Douglas back in the side and the influential Bradley Dack close to returning from his 11-month ACL injury, Rovers are beginning to look real force in the Championship top-six race.
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Tuesday’s three points saw the Ewood Park outfit climb up to 10th-place in the second-tier standings, just four points adrift of those all-important play-off places.
However, they were given a helping hand by their rivals – with Preston’s Joe Rafferty sent off in first-half stoppage-time, leaving Adam Armstrong to stroke home the resulting penalty.
But the second period belonged to Ben Brereton, who doubled Rovers’ lead with a clinical finish eight minutes after the break, before turning provider for Tyrhys Dolan to tap home Blackburn’s third.
Brereton now has three goals and three assists in 13 Championship matches, and the Ewood Park faithful took to Twitter to react to his performance in Lancashire.
Check some of the best replies below:
🧙♂️ Ben Brereton vs Preston North End:
— Rovers Chat (@rovers_chat) November 24, 2020
Most complete performance in years that… Barry Douglas and Ben Brereton 😍😍😍
— David Evans (@dmevo1) November 24, 2020
@benbreo all day long! The guy just doesn’t stop. Inspires the rest of the team to push up and can’t stop assisting and scoring!
— Samuel-James Wilson (@Samuelship) November 25, 2020
Big Ben, with honourable mention to Barry and Lewis. Also, thought Tom T had his best game by far so far, first signs of what he can do
— Matt (@roversCOYB) November 24, 2020
Sir Benjamin Brereton of course 🙂👍🏻
— Anthany Baldwin (@Anthany_Scamp) November 24, 2020
Brereton for me, he looks brilliant at times.
— Ryan Higgins (@Ryan1151) November 24, 2020
BB – goal and an assist! 👊🏽
— Paul Mani (@Paul_Mani1) November 24, 2020
Only 1 player which is Brereton
— Passionate For everything BRFC (@BRFCfan4life) November 25, 2020
Brereton with an assist and goal tonight. Him, Armstrong, Elliott, Dolan must be one of the most fun and entertaining forward lines in the division.
Old "dull" Tony Mowbray and Blackburn backing youthful attacking energy.
— Grant (@Grantnffc1) November 24, 2020