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David Luiz And Cristiano Ronaldo Were Inspirations For Josh Brownhill’s Winner Against Burnley

29 July 2014

Preston North End midfielder Josh Brownhill says he took inspiration from David Luiz and Cristiano Ronaldo for his last gasp winner against Burnley.

The youngster fired an 89th minute free-kick into the top corner from 30-yards to seal a 2-1 victory for the Lilywhites, using a technique similar to the Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid stars.

Lukas Jutkiewicz had given the visitors the lead in the first half, pouncing on a defensive mistake, but Alan Browne equalised for Preston soon after the restart.

Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com following the victory, Brownhill admitted it is difficult to describe the set-piece routine he uses but was delighted it had paid off against the Clarets.

“I watch a lot of David Luiz’s free-kicks and [Cristiano] Ronaldo’s as well,” he said.

“It’s a bit of both really, it’s hard to describe how to do it, I just do it and sometimes it pulls off like it did then but it’s great to know I can hit shots like that.”
The spectacular goal sealed Preston’s fifth win of pre-season with Simon Grayson’s side having previously beaten Chorley, Bamber Bridge, Halifax Town and Morecambe.

Brownhill has now struck five times in warm-up fixtures but says his winning effort against Burnley was made even more special because it was to win a local derby.

"It's great to score against anyone, whether it is pre-season or in the season and if I keep scoring that's the main thing for me," he said.

“It feels great knowing it’s a bit of a local derby as well and hopefully the Preston fans will be happy with that."

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