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Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town

Alex Baptiste
Alex Baptiste's goal was his second of the season for Preston

Preston stretched their unbeaten run in the Championship to five games with a home victory over Huddersfield.

The visitors were punished by Paul Gallagher's dead-ball skills for conceding fouls around their box.

Deliveries into the box by Gallagher were headed home by Tom Clarke and Alex Baptiste to put Preston on top.

Another free-kick by the midfielder eluded everyone and beat Town keeper Danny Ward and Nahki Wells' header in reply was no more than a consolation.

On boss David Wagner's 45th birthday, it was the first time former leaders Huddersfield had conceded more than one goal in a league game this season.

They remain fourth in the table but have now lost their last two games and have still not won in the league at Deepdale since November 1969.

The Terriers showed plenty of ability on the ball, but only managed one shot on target in the first half, which was marked by a round of applause by both sets of fans for 15-year-old Preston supporter Dylan Crossley, who died recently in a road collision.

The introduction of Wells and Harry Bunn as substitutes after the interval provided them with a greater threat up front, but Gallagher's goal left them with too much to do as Preston moved up to 13th.

David Wagner
David Wagner's Huddersfield missed out on the chance to go second behind Newcastle

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "Maybe leaving Paul Gallagher out for a couple of games has given a reminder that nobody is safe in the team if others are doing well. Gally, on his day, is as good as anyone in this division with his delivery.

"We knew what a good team they were and we knew that we had to be very good off the ball to stop them playing.

"Sometimes you win a match with the ball and how you play, but that was as much about what we did off it as well.

"We made them kick it long and not get into a routine. We got the goals at the right time and it was a really strong performance from first whistle to last."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner: "To be fair, the explanation for our performance is very easy, we weren't on the aggression that we normally are.

"If you want to be successful here against Preston you have to be aggressive, especially in the first line to defend the ball and keep the ball. This is what we completely missed.

"In the end, three set-pieces decided the game. But credit to Preston, Gallagher is a great deliverer and unfortunately we were not able to defend these balls.

"It was a weakness in that game yes, but my bigger concern is that we didn't have our fighting attitude. In the second half it was better, but the first half was not good enough."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 27Baptiste
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forHumphreyat 77'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 18PringleSubstituted forDoyleat 87'minutes
  • 25HugillBooked at 82minsSubstituted forMakienokat 90+1'minutes
  • 37Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Spurr
  • 23Huntington

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 5HudsonBooked at 53mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Mooy
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forPalmerat 67'minutes
  • 16Payne
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forBunnat 45'minutes
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forWellsat 45'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 11Bunn
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 21Wells
  • 44Hefele
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,862

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Huddersfield Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Jordan Hugill.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Ben Pringle.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Christopher Schindler with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Paul Gallagher.

Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Pringle (Preston North End).

Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kasey Palmer replaces Sean Scannell.

Offside, Preston North End. Ben Pearson tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich138322618827
3Brighton13742179825
4Huddersfield138141512325
5Birmingham136521914523
6Sheff Wed136341515021
7Bristol City136252015520
8Brentford135441912719
9QPR135441618-219
10Reading135441418-419
11Fulham134631617-118
12Ipswich13454109117
13Preston135261717017
14Leeds135261315-217
15Barnsley135172322116
16Wolves134451616016
17Nottm Forest134362325-215
18Aston Villa132831314-114
19Burton133551618-214
20Derby13355710-314
21Blackburn133371421-712
22Cardiff133371121-1012
23Wigan132561315-211
24Rotherham131391432-186
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