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Gaffer On ‘Fantastic Point’ In Rotherham

23 September 2023

Ryan Lowe was happy with the point earned against Rotherham United, although he felt his Preston North End side could have come away with all three.

Former PNE striker Jordan Hugill opened the scoring in the 35th minute with an impressive effort from the edge of the box, before defender Liam Lindsay headed home a Robbie Brady corner in the final minute of the first half.

North End were then the side on top in the second period and could have found a winner through the likes of Ryan Ledson and Milutin Osmajić, but it ended as a draw which saw the unbeaten start to the season extend to eight matches.

Ryan said: “I thought we were fantastic in the second half. I thought we did everything but score, but we were up against a team who are fighting for their lives already.

“They had a big loss in the week and put their bodies on the line. It’s going to be a tough place for anyone to come here; we did everything but score as I said.

“We’re disappointed with their first goal but pleased that Linds has got the rewards [when he scored] because he knows he could probably have done better with their goal.

“I thought we were fantastic in everything we did, apart from score. They’re big moments, aren’t they?

“If you go and score you get two or three, but no complaints on my behalf. We knew this was going to be a tough place to come.

“We wanted a win of course, but if you can’t win then don’t lose and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve taken a valuable point in my eyes – a fantastic point.”

Osmajić – who opened his account for the club during the week – was twice thwarted by goalkeeper Viktor Johansson with arguably North End’s biggest chances of the day, aside from the goal.

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At the other end, the backline had to deal with plenty of balls into the box and long passes forwards at times.

“That’s what they do here,” the gaffer added. “They go back to front, even when they come to our place that’s probably what they’ll do. They’re effective in what they do.

“They try and play and get second balls, and push you up the top end of the pitch. We knew what was coming and I thought we handled it very well.

“For us to keep doing what we’re doing and penetrating, it was just that moment of quality [missing]. Whether it was a decision or a pullback, but to be fair to their lads they put their bodies on the line so I can’t ask for any more from the group.

“They’ve been fantastic; to have a seven-point week is pleasing. We’ve had two home games which we’ve won, I’m happy with that, and then to come away with a point is pleasing.”

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