Irishman Alan Browne set Deepdale alight on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to secure all three points.
He scored on the opening day of the season, and after a string of good performances which didn’t contribute to the scoresheet, Browne returned to it with a bang against Bolton Wanderers.
Callum Robinson gave the Lilywhites an early eleven minute lead, and Browne added a second within five minutes.
Collecting the ball at the edge of the box with his back to goal, the midfielder chested it before firing into the top corner with one of the strikes of the season so far.
Absolute beauty of a goal from Alan Browne. Should have sealed the points. pic.twitter.com/crZGRJPMjA
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Bolton recovered before the break with goals through Sammy Ameobi and Pawe Olkowski. The game ended 2-2, and a mass confrontation after the final whistle saw Ben Pearson of Preston sent off.
Browne collected the man of the match award and spoke to the media after the game, keeping the focus on the team’s requirements rather than his superb feat.
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“It’s very disappointing for us to concede two goals in two minutes and they are two sloppy goals to concede and it’s really frustrating,” he admitted.
“[The goal] didn’t mean as much since we went on to draw the game, if we had won the game it would have meant a lot more. But it’s another goal to add to my tally and hopefully I can kick on.
“Most of the goals we’ve conceded are from errors or sloppy mistakes in vital areas and that’s the most frustrating thing for us because teams aren’t really getting the better of us. Mistakes will need to be cut out if we want to improve this season.”