Preston North End's away-day victory at Huddersfield delights Lilywhites manager Alex Neil

Preston North End manager Alex Neil saluted his side's comeback in their victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Saturday, 24th October 2020, 6:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th October 2020, 6:30 pm

The Lilywhites went 1-0 down in the eighth minute to a goal from Fraizer Campbell and at that point looked in for a long afternoon.

They recovered to quickly got a foothold in the game and created plenty of chances in the first half, although still trailed at half-time.

However, two goals from Alan Browne in the space of two minutes early in the second half saw North End turn the game on its head.

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Preston North End manager Alex Neil with Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan

Huddersfield went down to 10 men in the 78th minute when Naby Saar was sent-off for bringing down Emil Riis as he went through on goal.

Neil said: "They changed their shape which is very unlike them. We fully them expected them to go with a back four.

"What they wanted to do was stop our press which is one of our attributes. I had to alter us because of that.

"While I didn't think our shape was issue in the first 10 minutes or so when they scored, we lacked comfort on the ball.

Preston striker Emil Riis holds off Huddersfield defender Richard Stearman

"Huddersfield risk the ball, make the pitch big.

"We started to move the ball well in the first half, I thought Emil was terrific up there and I was disappointed for him that he didn't score.

"It is always going to be a tough game against Huddersfield..

"As a group we we played well, individually I thought Emil in the second half caused so many problems.

"The lad got sent-off for fouling him. He took the ball in well, got others involved and had chances himself."

Neil felt it well worth pointing out that his players had not much recovery time following Wednesday night's win at Queens Park Rangers.

Hence his delight at seeing them having the energy and spirit to see this one through.

"What I think deserves credit is the fact we got back at 3am the other night after a game in London when we beat QPR," said Neil.

"Huddersfield had an extra day's rest playing on Tuesday. When you are playing against a team like Huddersfield, that extra day can be so important.

"So for us to churn out what we did, deserves credit. You could see we tired at the end but we have never lacked belief or spirit.

"We didn't tweak the shape at half-time, we spoke more about needing more runners behind them to hurt them.

"I thought we did a lot better. We found a way to win the game although we should have done it more comfortably.

"They went 3-3-3 at the end. We played on the counter attack and our substitutions with Tom Barkhuizen, Sean Maguire and Josh Harrop coming on, I couldn't have gone more aggressive."

Browne's two goals came despite him having moved into the right wing-back role as Neil started with a 3-5-2 formation to match Huddersfield.

Neil said: "Alan has been an absolute stalwart since I have been here, a key factor in the things we have done.

"My biggest disappointment in having to change shape before the game was that i had to move Alan to the right, I wanted him in the middle.

"But I did think he was best option for that side, they had Harry Toffolo down that side and I have worked with Harry before. I thought Alan could eliminate that threat."