Alex Neil went with the same team that defeated Huddersfield at the weekend. The starting eleven looked jaded and lacklustre but this is no excuse for a very sub-standard performance.
North End had one attempt on goal all game. Millwall looked comfortable and whilst it was goalless at the break Rudd was the busier of the two keepers.
The only real threat in the first half came from Sinclair when he went on a run at defenders. Preston setup with one up top but Riis was often marked by three defenders. In reality he barely had a touch because Preston lacked the creativity to get the ball through a solid defence.
The inevitable happened in the second half. Millwall scored on the counter similar to how Cardiff scored at Deepdale recently. Preston held a high line and neglected to track Bennett who was in acres of space. He slotted a ball across the box to Zohore to tap in.
Neil made changes with Barkhuizen and Harrop coming on. This resulted in Preston's only chance when Barkhuizen latched onto a long ball but he could only hit the keeper with his shot.
The visitors sealed the victory late on. Barkhuizen was adjudged to have fouled a Millwall player in the box. It may have been harsh but Millwall deserved the victory and Wallace duly converted the penalty.
The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over again and getting the same results. Teams come to Deepdale and sit back. Preston lack the creativity to break them down and playing one up front simply isolates the striker.
Away from home Preston are effective but at home the system and tactics are too easy for away teams to work out. Preston's home form has been poor for several months now and it needs rectifying before they slip into a battle with the bottom sides.