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A Match To Remember: Rotherham United

5 November 2020

We look back almost four years to the day as North End put on the fireworks in a fizzing display at the New York Stadium on 5th November 2016.

The Lilywhites compounded the misery of the Millers as the home side's winless run was extended to 12 games as first half goals from Jordan Hugill and Callum Robinson helped PNE to a comfortable 3-1 win.

Robinson spurned a great chance before Hugill headed in off the post from Greg Cunningham's cross to open the scoring and it was 2-0 when Aiden McGeady teed up Robinson for a tap-in from close range.

Substitute Peter Odemwingie crossed for Richard Wood to halve the deficit with a header, but Marnick Vermijl tapped in to seal the win on the counter-attack.

Joe Mattock and Jon Taylor threatened for Kenny Jackett's side with long-range efforts, but North End, meanwhile, responded perfectly to the previous week's 2-1 loss to Newcastle to move up a place into 11th with a fifth win from their last eight matches.

It could have been an even bigger scoreline, but Robinson failed to make a proper connection from a McGeady cross and then smashed an effort from the edge of the box narrowly wide.

Rotherham manager Kenny Jackett said afterwards: " "It's deflating for the players because you need to stay in games. We didn't do enough and we didn't have a defensive solidity about us that could keep us in the game.

"I am learning about the players and trying to find the best combination for us. We have quite clearly given away far too many goals this season. Since I've come in, we have conceded six goals in three games and it's very difficult to get points under those circumstances."

Then PNE manager Simon Grayson added: " "We warned the players about Kenny being new to the club and him being desperate to get out of the run they have been on. We were professional and started the game well. We played some good stuff but also mixed it up and battled and scrapped when we had to do.

"I was really pleased with the individual and the team performance. It was a professional performance from us. We are pleased with how we are progressing but we won't get carried away. We will just keep plodding away and see where it takes us. Anything could happen for any club in this division because it's relentless."

Rotherham United line-up: Camp, Wood, Mattock, Fry, Fisher, Vaulks, Taylor (Brown, 76), Ball (Odemwingie, 46), Newell, Ward, Blackstock (G Halford, 46. Subs not used: Belaid, Forde, Kelly, Price.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Wright, Baptiste, Clarke, Cunningham, Johnson, McGeady (Beckford, 89), Pringle (Vermijl, 77), Gallagher, Hugill (Makienok, 55), Robinson. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Grimshaw, Doyle, Huntington.

Attendance: 10,013

Referee: Mr Andy Woolmer

You can watch Saturday’s game from the New York Stadium on iFollow PNE, as the Lilywhites chase a fifth straight away win against Paul Warne’s Rotherham United and we will have to guests joining commentator Jonathan Breeze on air, with Andrew Lonergan on co-commentary, plus former North End and Millers winger Chris Sedgwick brining his views both pre-match and at half-time.

The only place you can watch the full coverage is by signing up for an iFollow PNE match pass for £10 – click here now to get yours.


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