Josh Brownhill admits Preston North End were guilty of losing concentration as they gave up a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Chesterfield.
The Spireites striker bagged the first of his treble in the 31st minute and the breakthrough seemed to galvanise Paul Cook’s men.
Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com, Brownhill gave credit to the away side for the manner in which they fought back but expressed his disappointment at North End’s inability to kill the game off.
“When they got that goal they grew in confidence,” he said.
“They started passing the ball and I think we maybe switched off a little bit, lost a couple of runners but we still shouldn’t have given the three goal lead away.
He added: “They’re a great team, we knew that coming into the game. Even though they’ve just come in from League Two they’re a good team. We needed to kill the game off.”
Brownhill’s goal, Preston’s third of the evening, capped off an impressive opening 30 minutes for Simon Grayson’s side.
The 18-year-old was on hand to finish from close range after Alan Browne had headed the ball into his path. It was Brownhill’s first goal of the season and the midfielder was relieved to get off the mark.
He said: “I scored goals in pre-season but then to come into the season and not score for a while, it hurts a little bit but I’ve got my goal now and hopefully I can kick on and score more.”
Sky Bet League One’s busy schedule means the Lilywhites have a chance to get back to winning ways as soon as Saturday, when they welcome Crawley Town to Deepdale.
And, according to Brownhill, the players will be desperate to put things right against John Gregory’s outfit.
“We’re going to try and do what we did in the first half an hour tonight against Crawley at the weekend,” he said.
“It’s disappointing for the fans to see that we’ve given up a three goal lead and the lads are going to look forward to the game to put things right.”