Match ends, Preston North End 3, Huddersfield Town 1.
High-flying Preston North End ended Huddersfield Town's seven-match unbeaten run with a comfortable home win at Deepdale.
Jayden Stockley headed his first goal of the season when he reacted quickest to a free-kick by Paul Gallagher which came back off the post.
Alan Browne doubled the lead before Gallagher sealed the victory after the break by converting from the spot - the eighth penalty scored by Preston this season - after a hand ball by Terence Kongolo.
Juninho Bacuna toe-poked one back for Huddersfield after running from halfway, the Terriers' first shot on target, but it was no more than a consolation.
Victory kept the home side - who were without suspended Ben Pearson - second in the table, two points behind leaders West Bromwich Albion, while Huddersfield slipped one place to 19th.
Danny Cowley's side went into the game having collected 14 points since the beginning of October, more than any other side in the Championship.
But they never looked like ending a dismal winless run in league games at Preston stretching back to 1969 after Stockley had put the Lilywhites ahead.
His goal was his first since a 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday in April, coincidentally also the last game in which Browne had found the net for Preston, and the midfielder ended his own barren run from Tom Barkhuizen's cross.
Huddersfield boss Cowley was shown a yellow card for delaying a restart, but he was unable to conjure up a comeback from his team after Gallagher's goal put the game out of their reach.
Bacuna carried their main threat in the second half and after pulling one back, fired just wide in the closing stages from Alex Pritchard's pass, but a second was arguably more than they deserved.
Preston manager Alex Neil:
"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, 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 in the coming weeks is to keep the momentum going. The players can be very proud of the run that we are on right now."
Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley:
"Of course a result like this is difficult to take, but I simply do not think we started well enough, and that hampered us.
"We do have to praise Preston. They worked hard right from the start and played with a real intensity. We struggled to cope with them in the first half.
"We do not look for excuses in these situations. We have to look at ourselves now and look ahead to the next few games we have coming up.
"The travelling fans were fantastic, but we let ourselves down with the performance. We came up short and we need to look at that together."
- 2FisherBooked at 45mins
- 18LedsonBooked at 18mins
- 12GallagherSubstituted forPottsat 72'minutes
- 24MaguireBooked at 86mins
- 20StockleyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forNugentat 76'minutes
- 17SimpsonSubstituted forPritchardat 65'minutes
- 4ElphickSubstituted forStankovicat 22'minutes
- 7BacunaBooked at 45mins
- 39O'BrienBooked at 62mins
- 11DiakhabySubstituted forMounieat 59'minutes
- Geoff Eltringham
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Huddersfield Town 1.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.
Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).
Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Preston North End. Brad Potts tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alan Browne.
Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien.
Sean Maguire (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Nugent (Preston North End).
Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).
Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).
Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Preston North End. Declan Rudd tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.
Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).
Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.