There's no way Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner will give up on his full-throttle footballing principles.

And that is despite Town heading to Nottingham Forest on Saturday in danger of suffering four straight league defeats for the first time in 15 years.

Wagner admitted defensive lapses and a failure to take chances again cost his side as they went down 2-1 at Preston North End after taking an 80th-minute lead through striker Nahki Wells.

Former Town boss Simon Grayson’s team claimed all three points through a Joel Lynch own goal and an Alan Browne header.

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But head coach Wagner, whose side remained 17th in the Championship – seven points above the drop zone – says by sticking with his tactics, Town will come good.

“It was a disappointing and frustrating day, one of the hardest I have had at the club,” Wagner admitted.

“The gap between our performance and the result was unbelievably big.

“We saw two very different footballing philosophies, one team going direct and hitting the long ball, the other trying to play on the pitch.

“We created good goal chances but we only scored once.

“Then we conceded from a set-piece and when we only had to hit the ball into the stand.

“We must be more clinical in both attack and defence.

“Then we will start to make the next step on our way.

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“If we keep playing like this, we will get results for sure.”

Wagner, who hailed the performance of midfielder Philip Billing, brought in for the injured Emyr Huws, will talk to Middlesbrough about extending defender James Husband’s loan spell at the club.

The left-back was handed a second Town start and third appearance in all in the final game of his initial spell at Town.

“What we saw from James was good,” said Wagner.

“We need another left-back as well as Jason Davidson and I would be happy to keep James."