Millers are off to Wembley

ROTHERHAM United booked a ticket to the League One play-off final at Wembley by beating Preston on a fantastic night at the New York Stadium.

Goals from Wes Thomas, Lee Frecklington and Kieran Agard saw Steve Evans’ men come from behind to win 3-1 and set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Leyton Orient next Sunday.

The night began with a shock when Preston took the lead on 16 minutes. Paul Gallagher swung in a free-kick from out wide that flashed across a crowded penalty area and bounced into the top corner of the net.

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Rotherham fought back in style. After Kari Arnason’s point blank header forced a reflex save from Declan Rudd, the equaliser arrived on 24 minutes when Ben Pringle whipped in a free-kick and Thomas met it with a glancing header.

Things got better ten minutes later as Frecklington timed his run perfectly to head the Millers into the lead off a post, with Pringle again the supplier.

While there was a let-off just before the break when Adam Collin spilled a drive from Neil Kilkenny and watched the ball bobble past his post,  the woodwork prevented Pringle adding a third soon after the break.

The New York Stadium erupted when Agard finally made it 3-1 on 66 minutes, taking a feed from James Tavernier to steer the ball into the bottom corner.

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Pringle and Arnason went close to increasing the advantage still further before Preston went for broke and were unlucky to to score. Jack King’s long-range effort deflected onto a post and Joe Garner also hit the upright.

The final whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion and not many among a capacity crowd begrudged the Millers a win which nudges them nearer to completing a second successive promotion.

Millers: Collin, Tavernier, Skarz, Morgan (capt), Arnason, Agard (O’Connor 90), Frecklington (MIlsom 90), Smallwood, Pringle, Revell, Thomas (Vuckic 87)

Preston: Rudd, Wiseman (Humphrey 53), Clarke, Wright, King, Buchanan, Kilkenny, Welsh (capt) (Brownhill 60), Gallagher (Beavon 77), K. Davies, Garner

Referee: K. Stroud

Attendance: 11,576 (1,230 visitors)

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