Preston North End players must take a look at themselves says Paul Huntington

Paul Huntington says the North End must take a look at themselves after their 1-0 loss to bottom side Wycombe Wanderers.
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Preston were second best for big parts of the contest, particularly in the first half.

Ryan Tafazolli’s header from a first-half corner was all that was needed to secure the three points for the Chairboys.

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Huntington told the Lancashire Post: “In the first half I felt we were second to second balls, the fundamentals really which we knew would be coming at us.

Paul Huntington challenges for the ball against Wycombe.Paul Huntington challenges for the ball against Wycombe.
Paul Huntington challenges for the ball against Wycombe.

“We didn’t defend the set-piece which we should have done better with. We changed it at half-time and I felt it helped us.

“It helped us get a foothold in the game. Whilst we didn’t create too much I didn’t feel like there was too much in the game.

“They dropped deep and the best chance came from Anthony Gordon when he got down the side and squared the ball but someone got there last ditch.

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“We’ve just got to look at each other and have a look at ourselves in terms of each and everyone’s performance and what we can do better.

“We need to have a better reaction.”

Conceding first was a blow to Huntington as it allowed the home side to just protect their lead.

The 33-year-old felt his side improved in the second half, reaching more of the required standard.

He said: “When there isn’t much in the game we were looking to get that first goal.

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“In the first half we didn’t really get up the pitch. In the second half we had more control while asking questions but couldn’t get the goal.

“We competed a bit better and won headers and won tackles.

“That’s the sort of standard that is required because you know it’s going to be a battle.”

There is not much time for the Lilywhites to lick their wounds, with a trip to Middlesbrough just around the corner.

A win on Tuesday night is the reaction that will be required to put the disappointment behind them.

“That’s the aim,” Huntington said. “I think we’ll be in on Monday to prepare for that game. The games come thick and fast and we’ve got to have a positive reaction.”

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