Huddersfield Town’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Deepdale on Saturday as the Terriers were easily brushed aside by a superior Preston performance.
Town were easily second best in a game where Preston ran out comfortable 3-1 winners on Saturday.
The Terriers went into Saturday’s trip to Deepdale on a seven-game unbeaten run, having won four and drawn three of those games.
However, the contest on Saturday was all but wrapped up by the 50th minute after a Paul Gallagher penalty gave North End a three-goal advantage.
Town did manage to pull one back when Juninho Bacuna netted his third goal of the season but this was just a mere consolation for Danny Cowley’s side.
One man who has been a regular since Cowley arrived is 21-year old Lewis O’Brien, who has started every game under the Huddersfield boss.
O’Brien admitted to the Yorkshire Post on Sunday that the side didn’t live up to the standard they had set over the previous seven games.
“I think we let ourselves down. We didn’t do the things we had been doing the last seven or eight games. We didn’t work hard enough, we didn’t fight, we let ourselves down massively and we let the fans down as well,” the midfielder admitted.
The 21-year old did not hold back on Town’s performance, citing that Terriers “didn’t get going,” at Deepdale.
O’Brien told the Yorkshire Post, that: “You have to try and work harder than them but, unfortunately, none of us did that. We got out-worked, out-fought, they’re the basics you need to win games and we didn’t do them – we’re very disappointed.”
Town’s performance did improve after Bacuna’s strike and were on top thereafter, however this only adds as a source of frustration to O’Brien.
Speaking of the last 15 minutes of the game, O’Brien said: “We could have played like that the whole game, we should have played like that the whole game, it’s frustrating to play like that in the last 15 because then you know you could have played like that the whole game.”
Town are using the international break to get some warm weather training in Dubai, before preparing to host Birmingham City after the international break.
It will be refreshing for Town fans to hear a player being so open and honest about the side’s failings in an age when some tend to shy away from criticism.
At just 21, O’Brien has shown maturity and professionalism to admit where his side went wrong in the defeat.
Town fans will be anxious for the side to bounce back immediately after the international break to quash any fears of going on another winless run.
The Cowley’s will certainly work on this defeat in Dubai and when the side are back in the country they will ensure their side does the best to put right this wrong after the international break.