Preston North End’s stunning away form came to an end on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-1 at Rotherham United.
Alex Neil’s men had won four in a row on the road, including a thumping 3-0 victory over league leaders Reading in midweek.
However, North End weren’t at their best against the Millers, failing to find any fluency in their play and ultimately came away with nothing.
Richard Wood fired Rotherham in front after Preston couldn’t deal with a high free kick, only for Ryan Ledson to fire North End level with a fine finish.
Preston were pushing for the winner, but were then caught on the break as Matt Crooks fired Rotherham back in front – and there was no second equaliser.
Neil will be disappointed with how Preston lost the midfield battle, even after switching to a diamond in midfield to try and wrestle some ascendancy in the second half.
After the game, Neil suggested that Ledson – who has been superb this season – was the only starter to offer any sort of composure in possession.
Neil added praise for substitute Paul Gallagher for offering some calmness and precision, as the rest of the midfield were guilty of giving away possession far too cheaply.