Alan Browne praises Alex Neil’s decisions

Alan Browne is all smiles after the Lilywhites picked up their first win since the opening day of the season. Credit: Tom Sandells

Alan Browne has praised the decisions made by Preston manager Alex Neil in the bitter-sweet comeback against Aston Villa on Tuesday.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as the Lilywhites fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to take the lead with ten minutes to go.

North End would then go on to surrender their lead and almost their claim of any points, as a penalty with the last kick of the game from Glenn Whelan was saved by Chris Maxwell.

Speaking to The Gazette, Browne praised both the boss and his teammate Daniel Johnson, whose introduction sparked the turnaround.

“It turned out to be a great decision from the gaffer to change things around and get on the front foot more,” he said.

“DJ definitely made a huge impact, he looked for the ball in places where others might shy away from.

“We all know what he’s capable of and he showed that against Villa, but the other substitutions were just as important.”

The Irish international was thinking positively, taking a point from the draw, rather than contemplating what might have been with all three.

He said: “It’s a point that we didn’t have. Villa Park is a tough place to go and to get a point there is good for any team to get.

“At 2-0 you’re taking a point all day; but when you go ahead, it’s a different game because you want all three points, no matter how the game has been and no matter how many you’ve been behind by.”

Alan Browne speaks to the Gazette about Tuesday’s eventful Championship game against Aston Villa. (Credit: Tom Sandells).

Browne ended the night at right back but that’s something the versatile no.8 has come to expect.

“I knew when I saw Darnell go down that I’d probably have to do a job at right back, it’s just part of the game; filling in in places you might not be used to,” he admitted.

“As a midfielder, you should be able to adapt to positions like that, I think most of the lads in our squad would be capable of doing the same thing.

“Judging on last year, it’s nothing unusual to me but at the same time I want to be further up the pitch creating chances and getting goals.”