Neil Redfearn post Preston North End...
MILLERS chief Neil Redfearn admitted his side’s last-gasp defeat at the hands of Preston North End was a “cruel” one to take for his side.
The Millers looked on course to notch just their fourth draw of the campaign as Preston’s Eoin Doyle cancelled out Tony Andreu’s first-half opener but Preston grabbed a late winner with just seconds on the clock when sub Jonson Clarke-Harris unfortunately headed into his own goal after the visitors failed to deal with a long throw into the box.
Speaking afterwards, Redfearn believed his side were worthy of a share of the spoils in a feisty Roses clash.
“It was cruel as I thought we played well first half,” Redfearn insisted.
“We deservedly went infront and with luck, we could have had another one. We said at half-time, we did not expect Preston to play like they did in the first half and they would not let us do what we wanted to do again and they put us on the backfoot from the beginning of the second half.”
Redfearn bemoaned the loss of his skipper Lee Frecklington, who suffered a hamstring strain early in the game, while the Millers boss was forced to replace Derby loanee Farrend Rawson late in the game with the same injury, with the game very much in the balance at Deepdale.
However, the Millers boss has called on his side to maintain their concentration for the full 90 minutes, as a momentary lapse near the end cost his side dear.
“We’ve had to make changes that we didn’t want to make,” Redfearn added.
“We are struggling for bodies and we had to make two substitutions during the course of the game.
“You are looking for more resilience but you are talking about seconds near the end when the winner goes in.
“The goal was frustrating and we did more than enough to get our noses infront. We’re disappointed at the end as we thought we done enough to get a result but we’ve come away with nothing
“We’ve got to be tougher but we have to pick ourselves up and go again. We’ve just got to make sure we pick enough points to stay in the division. Our performances of late have been good and we’ve got to ensure the results mirror this. We have to move on and make sure we get it right in the next game.”
Despite the nature of their defeat over the Pennines, Redfearn was quick to praise the debut of Manchester City loanee Shay Facey and the Rotherham boss insists he is seeing positive signs in the Millers displays in recent weeks.
“The players are doing everything we ask and they are throwing their bodies infront of everything.
“We’re not that far away. There is a lot of resilience and togetherness in the team and we are getting better.
“There were phases of the game when Preston could not live with us. We must take heart from that.”