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Preston North End 1-1 Rotherham United

Stevie May
Stevie May's late first-half equaliser at Deepdale was his first goal for Preston

Relegated Rotherham United maintained their improved late-season form with a draw against top-half side Preston North End at Deepdale.

Midfielder Richard Smallwood scored his first goal for the club in over a year to put them in front on nine minutes with a left-foot shot from outside the box into the bottom right corner.

But Stevie May levelled on 41 minutes, with an effort into the top corner.

Rotherham have now picked up five points from their past four matches.

But this was only their second point in 23 away league games throughout the entire campaign.

Had they lost, they would have set a new record for the most defeats in a second-tier season but, going into next Sunday's final game at home to Derby, they currently share that with Wimbledon, who also lost 33 times in the 2003-04 season.

They still need to conceded three more goals to become the first team to concede 100+ goals in a season at this level since Stockport County in 2001-02.

Preston's point betters their tally of 62 from last season, when they finished 11th, which is where they again currently stand ahead of 7 May's trip to face Wolves at Molineux.

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"We wanted to get that feel-good vibe back and put the last few results behind us, so it wasn't the best way to finish the home season, but we can still be very proud of what we have done.

"We are very close to getting more points than last year, we've scored more goals, we are on course to finish higher positionally and that was always the aim.

"I'm a little bit disappointed with the performance because we have had some really good ones against some good teams, we have played some free-flowing football and we wanted to produce a performance for the supporters today.

"But we started too slowly, we didn't ask question of Rotherham and it was a little bit predictable and ponderous."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne:

"The lads stuck to the game plan really well, we defended resolutely to the last minute.

"Back to front I thought we were great. We got on top with a great goal from Richie and their goal was a wonder strike and that is what it has taken to get past us.

"A few games ago I told the lads to use this as a mini-season and I think their standards in all of those games has been excellent.

"I am pretty proud of what the lads have put in and I think there are green shoots for next season, so I am a proud manager."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 6Browning
  • 27Baptiste
  • 23Huntington
  • 17Spurr
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forHorganat 65'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 8Browne
  • 14McGeady
  • 25HugillSubstituted forMakienokat 81'minutes
  • 21MaySubstituted forRobinsonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 7Horgan
  • 9Makienok
  • 18Pringle
  • 24Boyle
  • 37Robinson

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 17Fisher
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6WoodSubstituted forBelaidat 87'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forYatesat 80'minutes
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 69mins
  • 4Vaulks
  • 11Taylor
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forMorrisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Morris
  • 26Belaid
  • 27Bray
  • 30Purrington
  • 39Yates
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
11,032

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Semi Ajayi.

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Simon Makienok (Preston North End) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross.

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlton Morris (Rotherham United).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Aimen Belaid replaces Richard Wood because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Johnson following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tyias Browning (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Delay in match Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tyias Browning (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Jordan Hugill.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Lee Frecklington.

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Carlton Morris (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Horgan.

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

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Carlton Morris replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris because of an injury.

Delay in match Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle452871082404291
3Reading45257136462282
4Sheff Wed452491259431681
5Huddersfield45256145655181
6Fulham4521141083562777
7Leeds452281560461474
8Norwich4519101681691267
9Derby451812155349466
10Brentford4518101774621264
11Preston451614156462262
12Aston Villa451613164647-161
13Cardiff451611185761-459
14Barnsley451513176464058
15Wolves451510205358-555
16Ipswich451316164855-755
17Bristol City45159216065-554
18QPR45158225262-1053
19Burton451313194759-1252
20Birmingham451214194464-2050
21Nottm Forest45139235972-1348
22Blackburn451115195064-1448
23Wigan451011243956-1741
24Rotherham4557333997-5822
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