Jordan Storey said the fight and attitude displayed by Preston North End was a key factor in helping them to come from behind to beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Storey was part of a back three – a shape deployed at the eleventh hour to match up the hosts’ own defensive line – that saw Huddersfield break the deadlock after just eight minutes, before Alan Browne’s early second half brace completed the turnaround.
Despite going behind early on, North End’s No.14 felt he and his team-mates became better as the game wore on and ultimately were worthy of the three points.
“We’re delighted to get the three points, I think we started off a bit slow, but I think as the game progressed, we started coming into our own and eventually we got the better of them,” the defender told iFollow PNE.
“We changed the shape up, I think it took us a few minutes to get going. We did concede the goal early, but once we got going, we got into our stride and from there on we just got better and better.
“We’ve done it enough times [play a back three] now to know the ins and outs of it, but it did take us a few minutes to get going today, which nearly did cost us. I think the attitude and the fight to get back into the game really helped us today.”
“We knew what they were like, we knew we had to give everything to come away with a result today and I think you could see that in the players – I think overall we just wanted it more than they did.”
It was a man also part of the defensive set-up – Alan Browne at wing back – whose brace helped the Lilywhites to victory, and Storey was full of praise for his team-mate.
“I think we all know the quality he possesses and he’s popped up today with two great goals, I’m buzzing for him,” added the 23-year-old.
“It helps to have such a versatile player like him and such a great leader as well. He’s a great example to the club really.”
While the defender felt North End could have put the game to bed earlier, he highlighted the back-to-back wins and eventual win as the most important outcome of this afternoon’s contest, and hopes those two consecutive victories can now be turned to four, and more.
“I think we’ll be a bit disappointed that we didn’t maybe score more, because we had many chances to put the game to bed early, but I think that will be one thing we’ll be a bit gutted with, that we didn’t kill the game off a bit earlier.
“We’ve jumped up five or six places maybe, so two wins is massive but we want to keep building on that and get another two on the board now.”
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