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Play-Off preview: Preston North End v Rotherham United

9 May 2014

Preston North End and Rotherham United do battle at Deepdale at 5:15pm on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Semi-Final in the Play-Offs of Sky Bet League 1.

The match is live on Sky Sports and official updates will be provided via @SkyBetLeague1 and on the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Football League blog. Join in the conversation using #PlayOffs.

Both teams go into the match with little separating them after 46 games of the League 1 season. Rotherham finished in fourth with 86 points while Preston were a point further back in fifth.

Simon Grayson's men were the higher-placed club going into the final match of the campaign but they were beaten 2-1 by Crewe Alexandra and the Millers were 2-1 winners at Swindon Town.

The Lilywhites started the season with a nine-game unbeaten run and also went 12 without defeat later on, while Rotherham were undefeated from 11th January to 8th April - a spell of 16 matches.

Head-to-Head

As well as being close in the table, these two were inseparable when it came to playing each other in the league.

A 0-0 draw at the New York Stadium in August was followed by a 3-3 thriller at Deepdale in February.

Rotherham took an early 2-0 lead in that encounter before Preston hit back with goals from Craig Davies, Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner to lead 3-2. Lee Frecklinton's 89th-minute leveler grabbed a share of the spoils.

The South Yorkshire side have the better record in this fixture. They have registered 18 wins compared to Preston's 14, with 18 meetings ending all square.

In the Media

Kevin Davies won the Third Division Play-Off Final with Chesterfield when they beat Bury back in 1995.

Now aged 37, the Preston striker is back chasing glory again.

He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "It's the only medal I've got - I think it's in one of the kids' bedrooms at home.

"Naturally I would like to get another one and I came to Preston to get promoted.

"People will talk about Preston's Play-Off record but that is history, we can't change what has happened in the past."

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Lee Frecklington, who is looking to captain Rotherham to back-to-back promotions, was involved in five successive Play-Off campaigns with Lincoln City, all of which were unsuccessful.

"It was a great achievement for us because we were a small club at Lincoln, and they are certainly great games to play in," Frecklington told The Star.

"They can be nervy occasions. The team that relaxes the most and forgets about the pressure is normally the one who goes through.

"Preston are a tough team with a good manager and some very good players. We've done well away from home all season and we are confident we can go through."

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