Preston North End picked up another away win this afternoon, with Alan Browne’s second-half brace enough to secure a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.
Fraizer Campbell had given Carlos Corberan’s side the perfect start at the John Smith’s Stadium when he scored on eight minutes, but Alex Neil’s men ended their four-game unbeaten run with a stunning comeback.
Browne struck on 51 minutes and again on 53 minutes to shock Huddersfield, who also lost Naby Sarr to a red card.
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A fast Huddersfield start was on the cards given their extra day of rest and Corberan’s side really did have the better of the opening 10 minutes.
The fresh legs of Lewis O’Brien were stretching Preston and, when he picked up a ball in the midfield, his quick thinking sent Campbell through on eight minutes. The striker’s job was simple and he beat the onrushing Declan Rudd to open the scoring.
Moments later the striker was flicking Harry Toffolo’s cross from the left wide, but Preston grew into the game heading up to the half-hour mark.
Neil’s side might’ve scored when a Patrick Bauer header hit his own man and deflected over, but they should’ve drawn level on 32 minutes, with Scott Sinclair slicing a shot after spinning in-behind Town’s defence.
Sarr was on hand to block an Emil Riis Jakobsen shot, but Huddersfield would respond to growing pressure by creating chances of their own.
Campbell let another cross from the left slip off the top of his boot and Pipa’s curling effort forced Rudd into a decent save.
Huddersfield were then disappointed Brad Potts only received a yellow card for a challenge on Campbell heading into the break; reckless but a show of the fight North End would need to wrestle the game back in their favour.
That – plus whatever Neil said at half-time – appeared to do the trick and North End turned the game on its head within eight second-half minutes.
After pressure on the Huddersfield defence, a ball fell to Browne on 51 minutes, with the Preston skipper curling beyond Ben Hamer.
His second came minutes later, with Hamer making a mess of a cross from the left and spilling the ball into Browne’s path. His clever finish back over the goalkeeper gave Huddersfield no chance.
Jakobsen tested Hamer from range and Potts fired wildly over, with Preston looking to kill the game and take advantage of Huddersfield’s slow start after half-time.
Browne had a chance to complete his hat-trick but shot straight at Hamer, whilst Richard Stearman’s last-ditch block denied Jakobsen.
The towering Preston striker was causing Huddersfield problems and, as the home side pushed for an equaliser, he attacked the space vacated in-behind and was dragged down by Sarr, who was shown a straight red card on 78 minutes.
Jakobsen and Josh Koroma traded chances as the game ticked into its final 10 minutes, with the latter really pushing Huddersfield forward.
Pipa forced Rudd into another save late on and then rattled the post as Huddersfield cut Preston open, but Neil’s side would be denied by Hamer and see Jakobsen hit the bar in stoppage time.
Ultimately, it wasn’t to be for Huddersfield despite rallying with 10 men. Their fine burst of positive results has come to an end, but Preston motor on with a third consecutive away win.
FT: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Preston North End.