Welsh sick of same old story for PNE

North End's John Welsh battles with Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee
North End's John Welsh battles with Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee
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John Welsh says Preston North End need to learn from their mistakes after a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Welsh was at fault for Wednesday’s second goal after he tried to stop the ball going out for a corner but inadvertently teed-up Daniel Pudil as his clearance fell to the Wednesday man’s feet.

The midfielder held his hands up and said he needs to learn from the error.

But after eight league games without a win, Welsh says North End need to wise up to life in the Championship.

He said: “You can’t fault the lads for their effort. They give it their all – but we can’t keep saying this every week.

“It has been a similar story for most of the season, we’ve done well, created chances, given it our all but we’ve lost. We need to learn from that. Mistakes have cost us today.”

Just 10 games into the new campaign and North End are second-bottom of the table just ahead of rock-bottom Bristol City on goal difference.

It is the first time the Lilywhites have conceded three goals this season and Welsh says PNE can not give teams a two-goal cushion like they did on Saturday.

He also admitted that the dressing room was down after the defeat. He said: “In the first half there was not much in it.

“But a bit of indecision at the back and they go 1-0 up through Kieran Lee.

“Second half we gave it our all but you can’t give teams 2-0 head starts at this level.

“We keep repeating ourselves – we gave it a good go in the second half, we had a few chances, got it back to 2-1 and we were on the front foot going for the second goal and then there was the sucker punch at the end.

“We just have to keep being positive.

“The dressing room is down, everyone is quiet and not really saying much but we have to pick ourselves back up again. We have a bit of a break now and have be ready for the next game.”

After Alan Browne fired home Tom Clarke’s knock-down in the 76th minut,e North End looked set to stage a late come back.

But as the Lilywhites pushed for an equaliser in injury time, Wednesday substitute Lewis McGugan spotted North End keeper Jordan Pickford off his line and settled the game with a sublime 40-yard chip.

And after his mistake helped Wednesday score their second Welsh says he will learn his lesson.

He said: “We know it is a tough place to come, we know the crowd get behind 
them.

“The main aim was to 
stifle them a little bit, keep the crowd quiet and get 
them on their backs a 
little bit and I felt it worked well.

“We probably should have been a bit better on the ball in the first half but defensively we worked well.

“Then obviously mistakes have cost us again.

“The ball was going out for a corner, I tried to prevent the corner and unfortunately for me, I kicked it right at him and it has fallen at his feet.

“I will take that one, I’ve just got to learn from it maybe should have put it out.

“I know it is my mistake and I will take that and try and learn from it.

“We created a couple of chances, we kept going but it wasn’t to be and because we were looking for the second goal, you get the sucker-punch at the end which is disappointing.”