Alan Browne scored his sixth goal of the season on Tuesday night, as Preston were held to a draw at Deepdale by Middlesbrough.
Cork-born midfielder Alan Browne underlined his international credentials with another important Preston goal, this one coming in the first half of a tight affair at Deepdale. A low shot from the edge of the box was enough to give Preston the lead, but they were punished for a lapse of concentration just after halftime.
Alan Browne scored again tonight for Preston. He now has 6 goals and 3 assists in 9 home games in the Championship this season.
He has also already captained Preston this season and is still just 23. ☘️ #COYBIG
— Richard Barrett (@TheBoyBarrett) November 27, 2018
Marcus Tavernier’s second-half strike extended third-placed Middlesbrough’s unbeaten run to eight matches, but a 1-1 draw at Preston saw Tony Pulis’ side drop out of the automatic promotion positions in the Championship.
Tavernier levelled in the first minute of the second half after Browne had fired Preston into a first-half lead they fully warranted.
“We knew what their game plan was when we saw their line up – It was like the land of giants out there!” said Browne in his post-match interview with iFollowPNE.
“But we more than matched them and we defended our area well and more than held our own. Considering where they are in the table, it’s a good point.“Considering the amount of possession we had, we should have created three or four more chances but we didn’t want to rush or force anything, we just wanted to keep it moving as well as we possibly could.
“We worked well with possession in the first half and in the second half the game changes and we’re just disappointed with how the goal went in. We’ve got a point and it’s probably a fair one at the end of the day.
“We just needed a bit more luck, we managed to find a way through eventually but I don’t think we’re too disappointed with the point. It was a top class performance and that’s what we looked to do every week.”
Browne has now scored six goals and delivered three assists in nine games at home this season, form that won’t be lost on new Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy.
“I seen (sic) a stat earlier in the week about my home performances. Also, when we go away from home, I’ll need to add a few more goals or assists. It’s probably time for me to step up.
“Everybody knows that they’re fighting for a place and when you’re in there, you’re giving 100% to keep the shirt. That’s why our performances have probably gone up a notch.”