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2014 Millers Matches Advent Calender - Number 18

It’s Millers Time is paying tribute to a fantastic 2014 for Rotherham with a footballing advent calendar.

In each day of December, leading up to Christmas Day, we are looking back at a game from this year.

Behind window number 18 is an assured away performance under the highest of pressure.

Preston North End 1 Rotherham 1 (10/5/14)

Rotherham's fate was clear after a solid display at Preston in the first leg of the play-off semi-final - win the second leg at home and they were at Wembley.

Having been handed arguably the toughest tie in the semi-finals of the end-of-season showpiece, the Millers proved they were not out of place and were only denied a vital first-leg win by a wonder goal from Joe Garner.

The pressure was on Steve Evans' men going into the tie at a rainy Deepdale, but they responded superbly, and although their start was not as good as the league clash there two months earlier, it was good enough as they took a 21st-minute lead.

It came from a counter-attack as Ben Pringle's ball down the line was chested by Alex Revell and he burst clear, slotting home at the near post from just inside the area.

Preston's initial response was limp and it needed something special to get them back in the game and Garner was only too happy to deliver shortly after the restart.

He received the ball to his chest 25 yards out, his second touch hooked the ball away from Kari Arnason and then his third, which was a dipping volley that arrowed into the top corner, wowed a nation.

The Millers could have sunk after that set-back, but they were made of sterner stuff than that and were the side who could have gone on and won.

Lee Frecklington missed a great chance when put through on goal but his touch was heavy and suffered an injury which made him a doubt for the second leg, while Rob Milsom drilled wide and Haris Vuckic saw a last-gasp header saved.

It ended all-square, which most people would have taken before the game, and it was still all to play for going back to New York.

Rotherham: Collin, Brindley (O’Connor 23), Morgan, Arnason, Skarz, Tavernier, Frecklington (Davis 62), Milsom, Pringle, Thomas (Vuckic 83), Revell

Attendance: 17,221 (1,881 Millers)

One to remember: Revell's goal midway through the first half gave the Millers the advantage and was a superb solo goal.

One to forget: Steve Evans said he would "wake up a chicken" if Joe Garner's goal was bettered.

To find out which game was behind window 17, click here!

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