Preston’s dismal start to the season continued on Tuesday night, but Josh Earl was a rare bright spot in the 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town.
North End are already in big, big trouble.
A 4-1 defeat on the opening weekend against Hull City was followed up by a 2-1 defeat at Reading, so Frankie McAvoy really needed a result at Huddersfield.
Preston were marginally the better side in the first half. Daniel Johnson had one shot deflected wide, Ben Whiteman tested Lee Nicholl and Ched Evans had one effort cleared off the line.
The Lilywhites were flat in the second half though and were made to pay when a Terriers counter-attack resulted in Sepp van den berg turning the ball past Daniel Iversen for an own goal.
McAvoy frankly left it too late to bring on attackers Emil Riis, Scott Sinclair and Sean Maguire, with midfielder Brad Potts bewilderingly playing more than 70 minutes as a striker.
One of McAvoy’s decisions did pay off though, as he brought Josh Earl into the side at left wing back.
Earl produced a strong performance, serving as North End’s main attacking outlet in the first half and showing that he is well-suited to the wing back role.
Preston fans are pretty miserable right now, but some managed to praise Earl for his performance.
Some feel that Earl was ‘flawless’ against Huddersfield and certainly Preston’s best player, even comparing him to Luke Shaw – let’s hope this is the start of a great season for the 22-year-old.