Fightback win pleases PNE boss

Simon Grayson celebrates PNE's win over Rotherham
Simon Grayson celebrates PNE's win over Rotherham
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson was pleased with the way the Lilywhites battled back from falling behind to beat Rotherham United at Deepdale

North End trailed at half-time to a goal from Millers striker Tony Andreu but staged a second-half comeback to take the three points.

Eoin Doyle equalised in the 64th minute before Rotherham substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris headed a long throw-in from Marnick Vermijl into his own net in the dying moments of stoppage-time.

Grayson said: "In the first half, compared to how we had played against Hull on Monday, we were a little bit slow in possession, we didn't move the ball quickly enough or take enough care with the ball.

"Out of possession we were half a yard off the pace to stop Rotherham playing.

"Rotherham got their noses in front and we could have been in for a tough afternoon.

"At half-time we spoke about the need to up the tempo both with and without and ball, and we changed the system a little bit to try and work their back four a lot more.

"In the second half we looked a different team and ended up getting the win."

The tactical change included Alan Browne replacing John Welsh seven minutes into the second period, that allowing Paul Gallagher to move into a wider role.

A half-time change had seen Paul Huntington take over from Bailey Wright who had a back injury.

It was a Gallagher delivery from the left which played a part in Doyle's close-range equaliser, Doyle making his first start since the end of November in place of Will Keane who had returned to Manchester United after his loan spell was cut short.

Grayson said: "The players are an honest bunch and were big enough to accept that they were not firing on all cylinders in the first half.

"We needed to work their defence harder, get more crosses into the box and Gally coming out to the left helped us do that.

"It ended-up being a fantastic result for us and the crowd played their part, willing the players on.

"We have taken six points from two home games against different kinds of opposition and both were very rewarding for us."