Speaking after the win, the German centre-back reflected on his return to football after being out with a ruptured Achilles since last December, and revealed: “I enjoyed it, it was my first Championship game in over eight months.
“I was really excited about it, we got the three points, a clean sheet and also I got a goal. It was really good. I thought the boys had been unlucky to have not got any points but thankfully we got our first three points on the board.
“There was a point with just a few more seconds to play and as a defender you just want somebody to take the ball into the corner and let the time run out. In this situation we lost it and they had a dangerous attack.
He continued: “After the game we were good – what happens in the game is not important, it’s important that after the game everything is clear.
“It shows that after the game our first thought wasn’t even celebrating, we were just furious! It shows how much it means to us.”
Bauer and his teammates are back in action this evening, when they take on League One side Morecambe in the second-round of the Carabao Cup.
The last time the two sides faced each other, back in 2018, the Lilywhites emerged triumphant at Deepdale with a 3-1 win in the first round of the same competition.
Take a look at the latest news round-up from the Championship, as the window moves closer to its final week: