Preston boss Darren Ferguson insisted his team need more time to gel after they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Swansea.
The reverse followed the home loss to Doncaster on the opening weekend of the npower Championship season and meant North End have lost their opening two league games for the first time since the 1989/90 campaign.
But Ferguson said: "I always felt the early part of the season would be the hardest as we have a lot of new players at the club and it takes time, but it is going to be a long haul.
"We did well until we gave away that soft second goal but we want to be as competitive as possible to fix our place in this division and I have every confidence in my players to achieve that.
"We knew what to expect as Swansea are a good passing side but I felt we were comfortable until towards the end of the first half.
"It has been a disappointing start to the season with two defeats but I am sure that we can pull it round over the next few games. Despite the scoreline, our performance against Swansea was much improved on last season's visit."