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Two points dropped - Raynor

11 August 2013

Assistant manager Paul Raynor admitted he was "slightly disappointed" Rotherham did not get all three points from their first home game in League One after a goalless draw against Preston.

With both teams riding high after Capital One Cup triumphs in midweek, a point apiece was perhaps the right result following an entertaining game which neither side deserved to win - or lose.

The nearest either team came to a goal was Bailey Wright's second-half header for North End which hit a post.

Raynor said: "We'll see how good a draw that is at the end of the season when the points are added up.

"It was a hard-fought game and Preston were very well organised, after stepping up a division we are going to find that.

"They changed their shape a bit and gave us a bit of a problem early on, but we changed things after about 25 minutes and we imposed ourselves a bit more on the game and we were a bit more of an attacking force.

"In the second half we created more opportunities and I was a little disappointed we didn't come out of it with all three points.

"We see it as two points dropped because of the way we played second half, but people aren't going to come here and make it easy for us.

"Simon Grayson is an experienced manager and he has got teams out of this division so we knew it was always going to be difficult and I think Preston are going to be up there challenging. But we can only think about ourselves and we are slightly disappointed not to come away with all three points.

Preston boss Grayson, who saw his side follow up an opening-day goalless draw against Wolves with a cup success over Blackpool, stressed he was very pleased with his side's start to the campaign.

"This has been a very tough week but after three games and three clean sheets I am very pleased," he said.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game here because Rotherham asked a lot of questions of us. I thought we played some good stuff, passed it around well, hit the woodwork and the 'keeper made a couple of good saves, and I am pleased with it.

"If you don't win games then keeping a clean sheet and getting a point away from home is valuable, and could prove valuable come the end of the season."

Grayson continued: "The three clean sheets in a week gives us a platform to build on, but I just think we are not firing well enough in the final third and not asking enough questions of the opposition.

"Pre-season is about getting your shape and organisation and the sharpness comes as the games come along, and goals and opportunities will come as the games come along, but at least we are keeping clean sheets and we are hard to beat because if we didn't stand up and be counted then here we would have got beat."

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