Calm after storm for Millers and North End
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.”