Preston North End boss Simon Grayson felt that his side were ‘off it a little bit’ in their defeat to Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.
Goals in either half from midfielders Dave Edwards and Lee Evans gave the home side a 2-0 victory and put them five points ahead of the Lilywhites in the table.
North End had a goal disallowed for offside with the scoreline goalless, then Joe Garner hit the underside of the bar at 1-0.
Grayson said: “When you look at Wolves’ performance they had some good energy about them, some good quality and should be putting in performances like that with the squad they have.
“I thought that we competed well in the game, it was a close game and some decisions didn’t go in our favour.
“Iain Hume’s goal which was disallowed must have been a close call, if he was offside it was only by half a yard.
“But Wolves are a good team and sometimes you have to give the opposition credit.
“If we had got the first goal through Humey, the ground might have got a little bit nervous.
“That didn’t happen though, Wolves are a vibrant team and we were probably off it a little bit.”
Grayson gave new signing Scott Wiseman his PNE debut as a 59th minute replacement for Lee Holmes.
Wiseman joined on a free transfer from Barnsley last Friday.
“It was nice for him to get some of the game,” said Grayson.
“Coming on at 2-0 down and chasing the game was never going to be easy.
“Because he only signed on Friday, we weren’t going to start him at Wolves.
“He will be a good addition to the squad.”
Wiseman will have to sit out the FA Cup replay against Ipswich Town at Deepdale on Tuesday night.
Although he is not cup-tied, to feature in the replay he would have had to be signed before the first game at Portman Road.
If North End were to beat Ipswich and reach the fourth round, Wiseman would be available to play against Nottingham Forest.