WEB EXCLUSIVE: Strength in Depth key against Fulham for PNE’s Alan Browne

Alan Browne prepares to take on Fulham later today and he is confident in the quality of the Preston North End squad.

Simon Grayson has managed to accumulate some good quality players in midfield with Daniel Johnson, Ben Pearson, Paul Gallagher, Ben Pringle and John Welsh all competing with Browne for a starting spot in central midfield.

This season, the 21-year-old Irish midfielder seems to be winning the battle for places and has made 28 starts, surpassing 100 career appearances in the process.

He feels he has benefited from the competition for places.

“You see the squad at the week with Paul Gallagher on the bench and Ben Pearson in the stands so there is tough competition not just in the midfield but throughout the team,” Browne said.

“It is tough to keep your place but watching and learning is what you have to do. I do everything I can to play the next game.”

Injury permitting, Browne will line-up at Craven Cottage at 3pm.

The game pits two of the clubs who aim to finish in a Play-Off spot come the end of the season against one another.

However, Browne insists he is not getting ahead of himself and is focussing on the game at hand instead of the table, saying: “I think we all know that we are just six points away from the Play-Offs.

“Its good to have that incentive behind you but personally I don’t look too much into it.

“I know what position we are in and who is ahead of us. We just concentrate on each game as it comes and try and get the best result out of each game.”

The midfielder does think the game is one of the biggest of the season and his club’s chances of a Play-Off spot could rely on taking something down in London.

“It’s a big game, probably one of the biggest of the season,” he explained.

“I think it will be tough going there, they are a good team and play some nice football.

“We will have to be organised and play to our strengths but I think if we do that then we can get something out of the game.

“I think we have done really well against teams in the top half of the table all season and there is no reason why we can go there and get the three points.”

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