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It was like a cup tie - Rotherham United boss Steve Evans

26 February 2014

Steve Evans was delighted to see Rotherham United's late heroics come to the fore once more as they emerged from Deepdale with a share of the spoils following a rollercoaster 3-3 draw at Preston North End.

The Millers had looked to be on course for an easier night when they went 2-0 up inside 11 minutes at the home of their fellow Sky Bet League One promotion rivals, Lee Frecklington opening the scoring before Tom Clarke flicked Ben Pringle's free-kick into his own net.

However, the attacking talents in the Lilywhites' ranks soon shone through with Craig Davies, Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner each netting to turn the game on its head.

Yet Rotherham, who have scored late goals in each of their previous four fixtures, ultimately claimed a draw courtesy of Frecklington's scrambled 89th-minute finish.

"It was like a cup tie, it was end to end," said Evans.

"We started very well and scored two good goals. They have put balls into our box and tested us and got themselves in front. I think on their bench they thought it was done but you should never think it is done when you're playing Rotherham United, even if we were 5-0 down with 10 minutes to go we'd still have a chance because we have quality players.

"You always know this is a club with a proud tradition and fantastic support and the Preston players have given everything.

"But if you're a neutral you've seen a great advert for League One, if you're Simon Grayson you're disappointed because you've conceded with a minute to go and if you're Steve Evans then you're happy to get a point."

Evans' elation at the equalising goal was clear to see as he embarked on a Jose Mourinho-like run down the touchline.

He added: "I always thought we would get a goal. To be fair we had six men up front when we scored a goal and all I remember is the number of grey shirts in their box trying to score."

Preston boss Simon Grayson naturally cut a deflated figure despite a spirited response from his men following their double setback early on.

"I'm frustrated and disappointed because to concede so late in the game and not secure the three points...it's obviously very disappointing," Grayson admitted.

"We didn't start the game well enough, going two down in the first 10 minutes, but we warned the players that might happen because they're a strong, physical team."

Nevertheless, North End's ability to wrestle back the initiative after the Millers' stunning start was a pleasing aspect.

Asked about his squad's character, he added: "That's embedded into the squad; it's a big thing that we ask the players that you've got to show character and desire when you suffer disappointment.

"We were disappointed but we will go again. It does feel like a defeat when we're stood here talking at this moment in time but it could be a valuable point come the end of the season."


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