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Preston 1-1 Rotherham: Millers draw for fifth time in six games

Tom Barkhuizen
Tom Barkhuizen scored his 50th career goal with a near-post header

Rotherham United secured their fifth draw in six games after coming from behind to earn a point at Preston North End.

Tom Barkhuizen gave the hosts a 1-0 lead just before half-time when the forward's header from Callum Robinson's corner deflected into the back of the net.

But the Millers fought back strongly after the break and levelled through Michael Smith's fierce strike into the top corner.

Robinson had a golden chance to secure victory for the hosts but Rotherham goalkeeper Marek Rodak denied Preston's top goalscorer with his feet.

North End started the game brightly but Rotherham's defence weathered the hosts' attacks with shot-stopper Rodak only having to save a tame shot from outside the box by Barkhuizen.

The visitors almost took the lead when striker Michael Smith hit the post with a curling effort which had beaten goalkeeper Chris Maxwell from 30 yards out.

Kyle Vassell forced another save from Maxwell when he flung himself at a cross in the Preston penalty area.

But Barkhuizen put Preston in front when he headed in from the near post to secure his 50th career goal.

After a positive start to the second half from the away side, Ryan Williams fired a low cross into Smith, who held off the Preston defence to smash the ball beyond Maxwell.

The struggling pair both pushed for victory late on, making a string of changes, but they remain 20th and 21st, locked on 14 points apiece.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I think it's a frustrating afternoon, it was never going to be a real footballing game, Rotherham usually play to their strengths and make it difficult for you.

"I thought we started really brightly and it seemed that we would go on and win the game easily.

"We got into really good areas without really picking the right pass or selection, but we got in at half-time 1-0 up and talked about seeing off the game.

"But Rotherham came out and played really direct, and what's really disappointing is that we didn't cope with that as well as we should have."

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think the lads did enough to get a draw. We got a deserved goal in general after creating some good chances and forcing some decent saves.

"I was disappointed with the first half, I thought we took too many chances in the middle of the pitch which I told them not to, and we weren't forceful enough and quick enough.

"I asked them to play in a different way in the second half and they definitely did that - if nothing else this group has got unbelievable character.

"After we rode the initial storm, I thought we were really in the game and were the side most likely to win."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forGallagherat 72'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forMoultat 75'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 7Robinson
  • 45NmechaSubstituted forMaguireat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 12Gallagher
  • 14Storey
  • 24Maguire

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 15Robertson
  • 3Mattock
  • 4Vaulks
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forNewellat 68'minutes
  • 13TowellBooked at 84mins
  • 19VassellSubstituted forProctorat 76'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forManningat 85'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 12Price
  • 17Manning
  • 22Newell
  • 25Wiles
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
11,780

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Rotherham United 1.

Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt saved. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Booking

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Newell tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Manning replaces Ryan Williams.

Delay in match Alan Browne (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Booking

Richard Towell (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Towell (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Maguire with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Kyle Vassell.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Louis Moult replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Daniel Johnson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Williams with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tom Barkhuizen.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Jon Taylor.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Clarke.

goal

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5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
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11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
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15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
20Preston153572429-514
21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
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