Huddersfield Town were beaten 2-1 by Preston North End on Saturday, with Carlos Corberan’s side seeing their unbeaten run come to an end in the Championship.
Frazier Campbell gave Town a fine start to game by latching onto Lewis O’Brien’s pass on the eighth minute, but Corberan’s side were pegged back in a blistering eight-minute period at the start of the second-half.
Alan Browne curled in a beautiful equaliser on 51 minutes to level the game, with a Ben Hamer howler presenting him with the chance to turn the tie on its head on 53 minutes – the Preston skipper obliged by lifting the ball back over the goalkeeper’s head.
Naby Sarr saw red for a pull on Emil Riis Jakobsen on 78 minutes, which increased Huddersfield’s task. Ultimately, despite periods of pressure and an end-to-end finale, the score remained 2-1.
For Huddersfield, it was disappointment as North End wrapped up a third away win on the spin.
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Old friends catching up
Andy Lonergan was on media duties at the John Smith’s Stadium, taking a look at his former side, Preston.
Before the warm-ups took place, the former goalkeeper was in deep conversation with Huddersfield centre-back, Richard Stearman, behind the dugouts.
That pair, of course, crossed paths at Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in their career.
Lewis O’Brien’s finishing drills
O’Brien has scored just six senior goals for Huddersfield and Bradford City, whilst his assist record stood at only seven pre-match on Saturday.
The 22-year-old was involved in Town’s warm-up alongside all the other midfielders and forwards, working on his shooting on both feet.
He was also distributing balls for the likes of Isaac Mbenza and co, looking to find his range pre-match.
And, that work rubbed off on only eight minutes when he slipped Campbell through for the game’s opening goal.
There’s a long way to go before O’Brien is seen as the end product, but he’s showing great desire to improve every aspect of his game under Corberan.
The wall of Ryan Schofield
It has to be said that O’Brien – despite shooting regularly in the warm-up – didn’t have too much success.
That was down to the impressive Schofield in goal. The 20-year-old is third choice at Huddersfield and wasn’t even on the bench against Preston.
However, he showed a great range of saves in the warm-up to deny O’Brien and a few others.
With Hamer in the firing line following a key mistake, seeing Schofield looking sharp is no bad thing for Town.
We’ve seen plenty of variation when it comes to set-pieces already from Corberan’s side this season.
One thing that’s stood out in the last two games, however, is the head-coach’s bravery in pushing every player forward for a corner and not leaving anybody back on the halfway line.
Of course, that’s made easier by the fact that every Preston player was inside his own box, but it was still brave to see Jonathan Hogg as the deepest man, only 25 yards from goal.
It’s definitely something to look out for.
Hodgkinson left unimpressed
The Huddersfield board members are seated just in-front of the press and you get a great view of how they react to decisions and the game in general.
Brad Potts was lucky to not receive his marching orders on the stroke of half-time following a lunge on Campbell. That, combined with Sarr’s eventual red card and a couple of key other decisions, left the Town hierarchy really unhappy with Joshua Smith and his team.
On the evidence of the replay, who can blame Phil Hodgkinson for giving the officials quite the send-off at full-time.