Rotherham United boss Paul Warne: "I'm proud." Preston manager Alex Neil: "I'm p*ssed off."

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne: "I'm proud." Preston manager Alex Neil: "I'm p*ssed off."

By Paul Davis | 07/11/2020

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne: 'I'm proud.' Preston manager Alex Neil: 'I'm p*ssed off.'
Match action ... Dan Barlaser on the ball against Preston. Picture by Kerrie Beddows

MANAGER Paul Warne hailed the bravery of his Rotherham United side as they fought back from the blow of conceding a late equaliser to win their Championship tussle with Preston North End.

The Millers were pegged back to 1-1 in the 80th minute at AESSEAL New York Stadium, having taken the lead through Richard Wood.

But they responded with the clinching goal five minutes later by substitute Matt Crooks to inflict a first away defeat of the season on the Lilywhites.

“The lads weren't hanging on for a point. They wanted all three," Warne said.

“They were still courageous enough to go up the other end. I am over the moon that the lads have shown the mental strength to concede late on but go back at them."

The 2-1 victory sent 19th-placed Rotherham into the international break in good spirits as they hit back after two defeats.

“I thought we played well," Warne said. "I was really pleased with the performance and I asked the lads to leave everything out there. They had two hours to set us up for the international break.

“We created some decent half-chances in the first half but unfortunately we didn't take them. I asked the lads to play the same way in the second half.

“It was a quick game played at a right pace. To win is great and it allows us to breathe for a few days. The changing room is buzzing and it makes me really proud.

“I am not getting carried away with that performance. I thought today as an uglier game but we definitely created more chances. We thought we knew how we could hurt them and overall our performance deserved some points.”

Preston boss Alex Neil described himself as "p*ssed off".

"We gave away two cheap goals today," he said. "I don’t even know what to say about that second goal. We looked like the team going forward at that stage.

"We give the ball away and we then don’t deal with it well enough and it costs us the game.”

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