Midfielder Alan Browne says North End need to bounce back and start winning games – and quickly – after their defeat at Brentford.
The 20-year-old has not been in Simon Grayson’s league starting XI since PNE’s clash at Crewe on December 28 last year but he was handed his first Championship start of the season as North End lost 2-1.
Browne’s midfield partner Daniel Johnson gave the Lilywhites the perfect start as he scored with just 33 seconds on the clock.
But Brentford fought back and scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes to grab all three points.
And Browne says PNE paid the price for a ‘lazy’ second-half performance.
He said: “I’m disappointed really. In the second half we just dropped off a bit too much and they were able to play it out from the back.
“I think we were actually lazy in the second half when we came out.
“We took our foot off the pedal a bit and we weren’t at them as much as we were in the first half.”
Browne says the whole team need to be on their game, rather than relying on one or two players, if they want to win matches.
He said: “I don’t think we could have asked for a better start but we didn’t capitalise on it.
“I think they had their heads down after the first few minutes and we could have gone and got another one and put the result beyond them.
“But we just weren’t good enough in the second half.
“You need everyone to be at it. You can’t rely on one or two players to go and do it for you.
“I think the whole team needs to be ‘at it’ – and I don’t think we were.”
Browne says North End need to learn from this defeat.
He said: “We had the players to go and do the job but unfortunately we just couldn’t see it out. I think these games have taken their toll on a few players and maybe that is what happened in the second half.
“But it is the same for most teams in this division and we have got to build and improve on every game.
“It is not good enough at the moment and we will have to go and look at the game and previous games and see what we can do better.”
Browne was happy to get his first ever Championship start.
He said: “It was good for me personally to get my first start of the season.
“Hopefully it is the first of many but all I care about really is the result and unfortunately we didn’t get that.
“Hopefully I can get a few games under my belt, a few starts and kick on. I thought I coped quite well but I could have got on the ball more and affected the game a bit more.
“It is good to get a bit more experience.”
The Irishman has now set his sights on causing another cup upset when PNE host Premier League side Bournemouth in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
He said: “I think we need to get a win under our belt as soon as possible.
“I don’t see why we can’t go and beat Bournemouth and beat another Premier League team again.
“The lads know what we need to do now.
“It is really important for us to get a win – the sooner the better.”