Defeat ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run.

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Preston boss Alex Neil was left beaming at the final whistle after seeing his side keep up the pressure at the top of the Championship table and end Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run in the process.

Jayden Stockley headed his first of the season as he reacted quickest to a free-kick, before Alan Browne doubled the lead.

And Paul Gallagher sealed the victory after the break by converting from the spot, with Juninho Bacuna pulling one back for Huddersfield.

"I am really pleased, not just with today, but with our form in recent weeks," said Neil. "Today is another three points for us, with three goals to go with it, and we stay unbeaten at home.

"I cannot have much to complain about now, we are getting results and performing well.

"It was important to go in at half time in front, and I think based on the chances we created, we deserved that.

"We knew we would have to change something in our approach, as we were missing two important players, but the team reacted well and showed they can adapt in these situations.

"The important thing now for us in the coming weeks is to keep momentum going, we have a great run of form going and the players are confident.

"The players can be very proud of the run that we are on right now."

Victory kept the home side second in the table, two points behind leaders West Brom, while Huddersfield slipped one place to 19th.

The hosts were in confident mood right from kick off and Stockley handed them a deserved lead after just four minutes at Deepdale.

Browne doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break. The Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to fire home Tom Barkuizen's cross from a tight angle.

They only had to wait five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed as Gallagher confidently fired home from the penalty spot, following a handball by Terence Kongolo.

Bacuna showed real power to burst through two Preston tackles in midfield, and with the hosts' defence backing off, he powered an effort home from the edge of the box on 74 minutes.

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley said: "Of course a result like this is difficult to take, but I simply do not think we started well enough today, and that hampered us.

"We do have to praise Preston, they worked hard right from the start and we struggled to cope with them in the first half.

"They played with a real intensity and we found it hard to cope with that.

"We do not look for excuses in these situations as we cannot control things like the referee or decisions that may or may not go our way.

"I spoke to the referee at the end and there could have been decisions that went differently for us, but sometimes that is the way it goes.

"We have to look at ourselves now and look ahead to the next few games we have coming up.

"The travelling fans were fantastic today, but we let ourselves down with the performance. We came up short and we need to look at that together as a club."

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Neil 'hasn't much to complain about' as Preston stick second

Brentford boss Thomas Frank: 'We kept Wigan very quiet'

Brentford boss Thomas Frank could not hide his satisfaction after watching his side dismantle Wigan 3-0 to move within touching distance of the Championship play-offs.

Bryan Mbeumo's opening goal inside five minutes was followed by two more in the final 20 minutes by Kamo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva to round off a comprehensive away win.

Wigan played the last 17 minutes with 10 men after centre-back Cedric Kipre was given a second yellow card for tripping Ollie Watkins in full flight.

And Brentford's Julian Jeanvier also saw red in stoppage time for his part in a melee which followed Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt being poleaxed, and eventually carried off on a stretcher.

"It was another strong away performance from us, and it's very pleasing to be sat here reflecting on a 3-0 victory," said Frank.

"And it was against a very difficult opponent in Wigan. Wigan are a very difficult team to play against, especially here at home, and we controlled the game very well.

"We didn't give them a single chance throughout the game, and scored some very good goals of our own.

"We came here with a strong attitude – in that we respected our opponents, but at the same time we played with confidence.

"We put a lot of hard work into pressing forward in every single situation, and that high pressure was key in the performance.

"We also know Wigan are one of the best teams in the division for offensive set-pieces, and we kept them very quiet in that area."

Brentford have now scored three goals in four of their last five matches.

"It's very important we're scoring many goals as well as winning games," the Brentford boss added.

"And of course we've managed to win 3-0 without our top scorer, Ollie Watkins, getting on the scoresheet.

"That's four wins in five now, and that's very pleasing."

Wigan have gone four games without a win and are just two points above the relegation zone .

Latics boss Paul Cook said: "I don't want to speak a lot about that, but it's probably as tough an afternoon as I've had since I came to the club as manager.

"The day just progressively got worse as it went on, and in the end you just couldn't wait for the final whistle.

"That's about as fair an assessment as I can give."

Cook was at least able to give a positive update on England Under-18s striker Gelhardt, after his late withdrawal.

"We think he's OK, he's gone to hospital with his mum," Cook added.

"He was speaking in the ambulance, so fingers crossed that works out well.

"Obviously it was a very heavy knock the kid took, and it just capped a very, very disappointing day for us."

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Luton boss Graeme Jones considering calling in psychologist after Reading defeat

Luton manager Graeme Jones is to consider employing a psychologist for some of his players after his side's 3-0 Championship defeat at Reading.

It was Luton's fourth successive league loss and seventh in 10 matches which left them just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Reading eased into a 2-0 half-time lead with well-taken goals from defender Michael Morrison and midfielder Ovie Ejaria.

Luton offered only a minimal threat throughout and were punished further in the 79th minute by home substitute Garath McCleary.

Jones said: "Some players don't need any psychological help. Sports psychology is what we're talking about here.

"I've worked at every level and, without revealing names, we've used sports psychologists through the years.

"Some people can repair themselves, some people need help.

"And we're at a point now where maybe we're going to have to think about going down that route.

"It's an area that I understand, it's an area that I will be looking at deeply.

"It's a reality of the mental step in the Championship, which I keep speaking about.

"As a group, that's an area that we have not overcome yet.

"I'll assess the boys when I speak to them and we'll take it from there."

About the game, Jones added: "That was very disappointing. We were outclassed, outplayed and outfought. That's it.

"I know that today wasn't good enough. No one needs to tell me. It's a realisation of where we are. That's what we've got.

"I work my backside off every day to try to make Luton as good as we can be. But, at the minute, it is not working.

"When you have only one shot on target, that defines where you are.

"Previously, we've always been a threat. Today, we weren't. So we've conceded three goals and we're not scoring.

"We need to remember what we are. Every individual needs to take responsibility, me included, and we have to do something about it."

Reading made it four matches unbeaten, which includes three home victories, under new manager Mark Bowen.

He said: "Before the game started, I was banging the drum.

"It was all about 'I don't care how we win the game, just get three points on the board'.

"Now I'm sitting here really full of pride for the manner in which we won the game.

"People might say that Luton weren't great but I'm a great believer that they're as good as you let them be. Simple as that.

"We married the two sides of the game exactly right – when you haven't got the ball and when you have got the ball.

"I know with the talent in my side that when we get it right when the opposition have the ball, we are a force to be reckoned with."

Goalscorer McCleary had effectively been in first-team exile under Bowen's predecessor Jose Gomes.

But Bowen said: "I'm delighted for Garath. I brought him back into things, to get the feelgood factor back for him.

"I see him in training every day and see the professionalism that he shows. He's never sloppy, he does things right.

"Saturday matchday, of course, is important. It's the main thing.

"But the players have to earn the right to be in my team and they have to be doing the right things every day.

"If they're not, they're not going to be in my team."

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