An unfortunate Jonson Clarke-Harris own goal in the last minute of the game consigned Rotherham United to their third defeat in five games.
After a 0-0 draw at the New York Stadium earlier in the season, Simon Grayson was coming up against a different Rotherham side to the one he had faced many times before led by Steve Evans.
In a game of two halves, it was the Millers who started stronger, with new loan signing Shay Facey from Manchester City doing well on his debut on the right side of defence, putting in a number of key blocks throughout the first half.
Frenchman Tony Andreu opened the scoring for the away-side, putting away a header from Danny Ward’s cross.
However, after half time both sides were completely different. Rotherham looked a shadow of themselves after a good first half while Preston looked odds on to get back into the game.
The Lilywhites levelled the scores through former Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle, as he poked home from a Gallagher free-kick which was not cleared.
North End looked for a winner and after forcing the Millers to camp in their own box, their persistence paid off when Clarke-Harris put the ball past Lee Camp and into his own net to seal a vital win.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Rafie Thompson identifies three things that we learned from yesterday’s encounter…
1) Paul Gallagher was a vital part in Preston’s win
After a miserable first half which only picked up in the last 15 minutes after the Millers had scored, it looked as if Preston North End were unsure on how to break down the Millers defence.
However, changes at half time from Grayson saw Gallagher pushed further out onto the wing, and it was from there that the Whites caused a lot of problems for the Millers.
This was Preston’s first win of the season when coming from behind and Gallagher was key to the revitalised side, as his set piece ability also caused a lot of problems for Rotherham.
In coming games, Gallagher will want to carry on this form as without him Preston would have struggled more in attack than they did.
2) Kirk Broadfoot had another excellent game for Rotherham
It is looking more and more likely that Broadfoot will be an important part in Rotherham’s survival challenge.
He is a fan’s favourite and in the past few games has performed admirably in a defence that still looks shaky against any team.
Manager Neil Redfearn will have to bring in another defender in the January window as Broadfoot is currently carrying the defence.
3) Rotherham need to improve in holding onto a result
Last season, this was a major problem for the Millers and it appears old troubles are plaguing them again.
When narrowly in front the Millers back-line often look unsure and panicked under pressure. Redfearn must instil a confidence in them that they can hold out against any team.
To stay in this division, the Millers have to grind out draws, and their inability to do that at the moment could cost them dearly come May.
Preston and Rotherham fans… what did you make of the game? Preston fans, are you happy with the win? What were your thoughts on the first half? Rotherham fans, do you think you will get a win in your next game? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!