Darren Ferguson revealed his first task as manager of Preston will be to improve his side's defending at set-pieces.
Three of Bristol City's goals in their 4-2 Ashton Gate success resulted from free-kicks as Ferguson's first match in charge quickly turned into a nightmare. His side were 2-0 down after only 12 minutes, much to the annoyance of their new boss.
"I told the players beforehand that the opening minutes were going to be vital because both sides were a bit low on confidence," said Ferguson.
"If we started well I knew the home fans would become edgy. Instead, we handed Bristol the impetus and they have some good players who can knock it around after getting in front.
"You can't start games like that. But 90 minutes is not going to change my opinion and I believe I've inherited a sound squad who are just a bit low on belief at the moment.
"We had a good build-up to this game and I thought the players had taken a lot on board. But you have to transmit that into matches and it didn't happen."
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