Calm af­ter storm for Millers and North End

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Mas­ton To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PRE­STON boss Si­mon Grayson claimed it wasn’t a case of af­ter the Lord Mayor’s show for North End or Rother­ham de­spite their goal­less draw.

Vic­to­ries over Black­pool and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day re­spec­tively in the Cap­i­tal One Cup had cre­ated head­lines in the build up to the clash.

And both sides were still on some­thing of a come­down as it ended all square with­out the net be­ing trou­bled but Pre­ston boss Grayson could still take the pos­i­tives.

“Both teams could have had an ‘af­ter the Lord Mayor’s show’ per­for­mance as such but I think both teams had a real go at it,” he said.

“It’s dif­fi­cult when you’ve played such big games that you can be a lit­tle bit flat and I think our play­ers were up for it.

“They were very good men­tally as well as phys­i­cally. It’s been a tough week for us and we knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult day.

“They asked a lot of ques­tions of us with a lot of balls into the box and we had to match them out there.

“I thought we played some good stuff, passed it around well and their keeper made a cou­ple of good saves.

“If you can’t win a game, keep­ing a clean sheet and get­ting a point away from home could prove valu­able.”

There was lit­tle to shout about for ei­ther set of sup­port­ers, with the vis­i­tors from Lan­cashire ar­guably hav­ing the bet­ter of the play as a change in for­ma­tion al­most beared fruit.

Lee Holmes was utilised just be­hind lone striker Kevin Davies, and he was a thorn in Rother­ham’s side through­out the first pe­riod.

He went close to open­ing the scor­ing with a low shot that was well saved by Scott Shearer, though in truth nei­ther did enough to re­ally de­serve a half-time lead.

Af­ter the break it was Grayson’s side who again went clos­est as Bai­ley Wright’s fly­ing header crashed against the cros­bar though Michael O’Con­nor al­most won it late on for the home side with a vol­ley that was just too high.

And Rother­ham as­sis­tant man­ager Paul Raynor was pleased with the way his side per­formed against one of the pro­mo­tion favourites.

“It was a hard fought game. Pre­ston were very well or­gan­ised and with their change of shape they gave us a prob­lem early in the game,” said Raynor.

“We changed things and we seemed to im­pose our­selves and were a bit more of an at­tack­ing force.

“In the sec­ond half we cre­ated a few more op­por­tu­ni­ties and were dis­ap­pointed not to come away with the three points.”

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