Under-fire Preston boss Darren Ferguson has agreed to sign Barnsley striker Iain Hume on loan after the 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
North End were in control of the contest after Jon Parkin's 42nd minute strike but highly-rated midfielder Lewis McGugan struck twice in the final quarter to condemn Ferguson's side to a fifth defeat in six games.
Yet there was at least some positive news when Ferguson revealed afterwards: "I'm going to sign Iain Hume, subject to a medical, on Friday in a 93-day loan deal with a view to a permanent deal.
"He's got good experience in the league, he can score goals in this league and can play right wing, left wing and up front. He's a good player."
Ferguson conceded that Forest were worthy winners thanks to McGugan's superb double, adding: "We never really got going, passing-wise and energy-wise.
"Forest were the better team. They passed the ball better and seemed to have more energy.
"At half-time I thought we would go on and win it, but unfortunately there really wasn't any improvement in the performance in the second half.
"The real disappointment was letting a lead slip again."
Ferguson added: "The first goal should have been shut down and saved.
"The second one was a clean shot inside our box and from our point of view you can pick holes in it."
Forest boss Billy Davies refused to comment on his former club's current plight but was happy to wax lyrical about McGugan, who is reaping the benefits of an improved fitness regime.
The Nottingham-born midfielder, 21, was outstanding throughout and his two fine finishes were just reward for Forest's second-half dominance.
The result gave Davies' men their first league win of the season and their first victory away from the City Ground since a 3-1 success at West Brom on 8th January.
Davies said: "He's a talent but we also know that he's in side only because he has dropped three kilograms in weight and three to four per cent in body fat.
"But he's got to learn to behave like a professional and I think the penny has finally dropped.
"We need young fit men who are very conscientious off the pitch 24 hours a day and Lewis is now learning that.
"We've put a lot of pressure on him but he's a great young player with goals in him and his condition and fitness is getting better.
"The win has been a long time coming but we won't get carried away because we have picked up three points."