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Match Report: PNE 0 Rotherham United 0

16 August 2022

Preston North End couldn't find a goal to break the deadlock at home to Rotherham United, despite a flurry of chances in a dominant performance.

The home side were on top throughout the game and created numerous opportunities to take the lead, but were left frustrated by missed chances as well as the woodwork on two occasions, and North End had to settle for a point.

Ryan Lowe made just one change from the weekend’s victory over Luton Town, with Daniel Johnson coming in to replace Ali McCann.

Troy Parrott – who started as a lone striker – was at the heart of most things going forward for PNE in the first half, firstly creating an opportunity for Johnson inside just four minutes, but the Jamaican sent his first-time effort wide of goal from around 12 yards.

Just a few minutes later, the on-loan Spurs frontman could have got on the scoresheet himself, as he saw a shot deflected just wide after showing clever footwork to beat a few Rotherham defenders.

Parrott was again the man coming close on 26 minutes, as a brilliant move involving Andrew Hughes and Robbie Brady ended with the forward, who had his effort blocked by Cameron Humphreys.

Conor Washington had a big chance for the visitors just after the half-hour mark, being found by Dan Barlaser, and the Northern Irishman took the shot on first time, dragging it just wide of goal.

Parrott had another chance before the half was up, as the striker was first sent in to the box and one on one by captain Alan Browne, however the Irishman was again left frustrated, with goalkeeper Viktor Johansson saving with his feet.

Freddie Woodman had the final say of the half, producing a brilliant reflex save to deny Washington at the near post.

North End were even more on top once the second period came along, with early chances coming the way of Liam Lindsay and Browne.

Substitute Emil Riis struck the post for North End shortly after his introduction from the bench, as he nutmegged a defender to make his way into the area, before striking a low, powerful effort against the woodwork.

Brad Potts then nearly followed up Saturday’s wonder-strike with another at Deepdale, thundering an effort from over 20 yards against the crossbar, courtesy of a touch from the goalkeeper.

Lindsay and Johnson were both then frustrated on the end of Brady corners, before Whiteman and Riis saw late efforts kept out by Johansson, meaning North End could only take a point from an otherwise dominant display.

PNE line-up: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, Whiteman, Ledson (Riis, 61), Brady; Browne (Woodburn, 81), Johnson (McCann, 81); Parrott (Evans, 88). Subs not used: Cornell, Cunningham, Bauer.

Rotherham United line-up: Johansson; Harding (Kelly, 71), Peltier, Hall, Humphreys, Bramall; Harding, Lindsay (Rathbone, 45), Barlaser, Wiles (Wood, 90+1); Ogbene, Washington (High, 61). Subs not used; Vickers, McCart, Ferguson.

Attendance: 14, 479 (601 Rotherham fans).

Referee: Mr O Langford.


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