Alan Browne was at the heart of Preston’s midfield alongside Ben Pearson for Preston’s stalemate at the DW Stadium this weekend.
It was a midfield-heavy game which meant it was a busy and tough game for the Irishman, but it is exactly what the midfield pairing were expecting from the fixture.
“Coming here, we were expecting an organised hard-working team.” the 21-year-old said.
“They’re not going so well at the moment so we knew there would be a real fight. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the three points but it wasn’t a bad point nonetheless.”
“We knew that they’d be at it from the start. They didn’t give us any time on the ball and it was a real battle.”
The midfielder has impressed in recent games and has found himself with a large amount of game time, keeping Daniel Johnson out of the side and on the bench.
“Throughout the season you have to adapt to different games. You see Daniel Johnson on the bench who’s been fantastic all year, but it was more of a battle today, it was a fair result, but we’re disappointed not to get the three.”
The game’s biggest, and possibly only proper opportunity of note was Jordan Hugill’s penalty early on, a type of opportunity we need to be taking admitted Browne.
“A goal changes the complex of a game and turns it on its head and it could have been a completely different game.”
“Those are big moments in games where we need to take them but it was a good save so we can’t be too harsh on Jordan.”
He praised the 4,765 North End fans who took the short journey over to the DW Stadium for this one: “They were brilliant all game and I actually thought they out sung the home fans. They got right behind us and I’m just disappointed we couldn’t get the victory for them.”
“However, seven points from nine in a week is good for any team in the Championship. When you consider the teams we’ve played, we’ve got some very good results and we want to keep that going.”