It’s ecstasy then agony for PNE

Joe Garner can't hide his disappointment after North End drew 3-3 with Rotherham
Joe Garner can't hide his disappointment after North End drew 3-3 with Rotherham
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Simon Grayson admitted that Preston North End had put their supporters through a full range of emotions in their six-goal thriller with Rotherham.

North End found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening nine minutes of the Deepdale clash last night as the Millers shot out of the traps in impressive fashion.

Goals from Craig Davies, Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner then turned the game in the home side’s favour and had them heading for victory.

But an 88th-minute equaliser from the visitors made it 3-3, and Grayson’s men had to settle for yet another draw in front of the home faithful.

Lilywhites boss Grayson said: “We went through every emotion out there.

“It was disappointing the players did not take on board what we told them before the game about how Rotherham would start.

“The positive side was how we got back in it and scored three goals.

“Then there was the frustration and disappointment of conceding the late goal.

“Overall I would sum the mood up as frustrating and disappointing because to concede a goal so late in the game and not secure the three points is very disappointing.

“We didn’t start the game well enough, going 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes.

“We warned the side that might happen because Rotherham are a strong physical team who play with a good tempo.

“But at least we got a reaction from the players, we got the ball down and passed it properly and created some good chances.

“We were totally dominant from really the 30-minute mark right through to the last few minutes.

“It was a great reaction from the players to go 3-2 up and there were opportunities to kill the game off.

“Their equaliser was a real soft one. Declan Rudd made the save, Scott Laird went back on the line to try to help him and it’s gone in off him.

“Rotherham didn’t really have to work for their goals.

“The first one was a poor goal in that we didn’t stay with the runner, the second was an own goal from Tom Clarke and the third a real soft one.”

The goals which PNE scored put a smile on Grayson’s face.

Davies marked an impressive performance by bringing them back into the game in the 37th minute.

Then Gallagher and Garner scored in a five-minute spell around the hour mark.

Grayson said: “We scored three quality goals.

“The front two were very lively, Craig Davies gave us the goal before half-time.

“Gally got into a good area and finished nicely.

“Then for the third, it was a great ball from Chris Humphrey for Joe Garner to get his head on to.

“They were good goals from our point of view, but unnecessary ones to concede.”

John Welsh missed the game with a knee injury, with the skipper awaiting the results of a precautionary scan he had on Monday.