Manager Graham Westley was left to rue three defensive errors after his side had put in 70 excellent minutes at in form Yeovil.
The PNE boss saw his side take a 30th minute lead through stirker Chris Beardley, playing through the pain barrier with a broken foot, but three strikes in the last 20 minutes saw the Glovers record their seventh successive league win.
“It was a strong 70 minutes in terms of an away performance of organisation, work rate and good character and 20 minutes of catastrophic defending,” said the gaffer. “They were three goals that no side would want to concede and the players involved in the goals have held their hands up inside and taken full responsibility for three really disappointing goals.
“I think the team put a lot of work in over 70 minutes to give themselves a strong advantage and then we threw it away with some disappointing errors.
“We left six first team starters behind and we have Keano [Keith Keane] here who is not ready to start, so probably six or seven lads who are first team starters so we are digging into the depths of the squad and players are coming in with not a lot of football under their belts. That can be an issue.
“But David [Buchanan], Robbo [Chris Robertson] and Hunty [Paul Huntington] are all big, experienced lads and they will be disappointed with the three mistakes.”
The team played an excellent away game for 70 minutes, scoring a well-worked opener and then soaking up pressure and hitting their opponents on the break.
“I don’t think you ever get a one nil advantage and carry it for 70 minutes and lose your optimism or your probably in the wrong business.
“I think you look at the game and try to see the way that it is going, you try to adjust the game.
“I thought we defended too deep in the first half and we allowed Hayter to drop in to little pockets and cause us too many problems.
“We adjusted our game as the first half went on, we tried to get a squeeze, we tried to fill that hole and stop him being effective and in fairness in and around the time we scored towards half-time we got a control of the game and for 65 minutes I thought we were looking good.
“The change, Ben Davies going off affected us. He was looking solid and strong and was working as a tight part of the back four unit and then we changed the back four as at that point he cramped up and had to come off and when that change happened they got a little bit of momentum and that carried them through.”
Chris Beardsley grabbed his third goal of the season, his second against Gary Johnson’s outfit and the manager explained he had played through the pain barrier: “I was pleased for Beardo [Chris Beardsley].
“He doesn’t always get the credit he deserves; he’s a workhorse and is playing with a fractured foot at the moment.
“He is getting jabs for the pain and is a warrior and wants to get out there and be part of the team.
“Credit to him that he put in the performance he did tonight and I thought he deserved the goal.
“It was a great goal. He is not renowned for his goalscoring, I think I said when I brought him here he is a ten or twelve a season player, but he runs the line and is a right handful and is a great player to play off.
“A lot of players have benefited from his workhorse play. We have seen when he has been at his best this season; we have seen him do very well.
“He has probably struggled a little bit to settle at Preston, he has struggled to settle in the dressing room and he has struggled to settle at the Club, but he is where he is and tonight I thought he was great.”