Red­fearn: We must toughen up

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Scott Hunt

ROTHER­HAM man­ager Neil Red­fearn says his side lack re­silience af­ter they con­ceded a last-gasp win­ner against Pre­ston with vir­tu­ally the last ac­tion of the game.

Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris headed into his own goal af­ter three min­utes of in­jury time to seal a come­back win for the hosts.

Tony An­dreu had opened the scor­ing for the Millers be­fore Eoin Doyle drew Pre­ston level in the sec­ond half.

Rother­ham re­main above the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence de­spite los­ing their 16th game of the sea­son and Red­fearn be­lieves they need to toughen up.

“We’ve got to be tougher,” he said. “You’re look­ing for more re­silience. At 1-1 when the win­ner goes in, you’re talk­ing about sec­onds – it’s cruel.

“The added time is at the ref­eree’s ju­ris­dic­tion but it was a bit harsh. It doesn’t seem to be go­ing for us at this mo­ment in time.

“The lads are dis­ap­pointed be­cause they know they’ve done enough to get a point and come away with noth­ing. We’ve got to pick our­selves up and go again and we’ve got to make sure we pick up enough points to stay in this di­vi­sion.

“The per­for­mances have been good of late and we’ve got to make sure that re­sults mir­ror that.”

Rother­ham cre­ated the first open­ing af­ter nine min­utes when Danny Ward burst into the box be­fore round­ing Sam John­stone only to be de­nied by a su­perb goalline clear­ance by Bai­ley Wright.

The Deep­dale drum­mer was show­ing more signs of life than the hosts and Rother­ham made them pay af­ter 36 min­utes. An­dreu re­leased Ward down the left be­fore sprint­ing for­ward to get on the end of his pin­point cross and nod home from six yards.

Sparked into life, Pre­ston al­most hit back im­me­di­ately but Paul Green blocked Joe Garner’s strike from eight yards and Kirk Broad­foot slid in to deny Adam Reach.

Pre­ston brought Sam John­stone back to the club this week on an emer­gency loan from Manch­ester United and the keeper made a cru­cial save on the hour mark to tip Ward’s 25-yard strike over.

The hosts were dom­i­nat­ing the sec­ond half and their pres­sure paid in the 64th minute. Paul Gal­lagher’s free-kick was even­tu­ally headed across goal by Paul Hunt­ing­ton to Doyle who poked in the equaliser from three yards.

It was now one-way traf­fic and some­how Pre­ston failed to take the lead in the 68th minute as Doyle’s header from six yards was saved by Camp and Garner’s fol­low-up ef­fort was blocked.

Their mo­men­tum seemed to have stalled un­til the fi­nal minute of added time when Mar­nick Ver­mijl’s long throw was headed into his own net by the un­for­tu­nate Clarke-Har­ris to give Pre­ston a dra­matic win. Their boss Si­mon Grayson was de­lighted with the late win­ner and is eye­ing an­other suc­cess­ful year.

“Peo­ple wake up in the morn­ing and see that we’ve won an­other game, it doesn’t mat­ter how late you score,” Grayson said.

“When you score that late on ev­ery­one de­serves a cel­e­bra­tion. First half, we were half a yard off the game. The play­ers knew we weren’t fir­ing on all cylin­ders.

“We said we had to put more balls into their box and move the ball quicker. It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult for us.We were due a late goal.

“We need to keep im­prov­ing and bet­ter­ing our­selves week in, week out. 2015 was a good year and hope­fully we can have an equally suc­cess­ful year in 2016.”

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