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Alan Browne: "It Was One Of My Better Games"

14 December 2016

Alan Browne was pleased with his own personal performance after being forced to adapt to different roles in the middle of the park tonight.

Browne returned to the side in North End's only change from the Blackburn victory, and began the game in a more freer role before an injury saw Ben Pearson leave the field in the early stages of the second-half.

It forced the Irishman to settle in a more unfamiliar role as a sitter in replace of the number four, yet the midfielder put in an important shift to restrict Forest who were on the front foot for some parts of the second-half.

"I think first-half I felt really comfortable," said Browne who spoke to PNEPlayerHD following the 1-1 draw against Forest this evening.

"I think it was probably one of my better games - we had them on the backfoot but when Ben's (Pearson) injury came we had to change it up.

"It's not something I'm use to," continued Browne on playing in a deeper role. "I've played there before but not week in, week out but it was good for me to do that and play in different roles as I think that's important for a player.

"Even in the last ten minutes we pushed again and we could have easily have got a winner."

North End could have been out of sight by half-time with Browne himself close to etching his name on the scoresheet with an effort from 25 yards which was tipped onto the post.

Instead, the Lilywhites went into the break just a goal to the good courtesy of Simon Makienok despite their dominance in the first period, allowing Forest to pave their way back into the game after Thomas Lam's effort hit the post before rebounding off Chris Maxwell and into the net.

Browne, who played his first full 90 minutes since September conceded his frustration to the club's media channel after North End couldn't take advantage of their first-half dominance.

"We had a really good first-half and I think it was the opposite in the second-half," admitted Browne.

"In the second-half, they came out and took the game to us but I don't think Ben Pearson's injury helped us; it killed our momentum a bit. It was unfortunate we couldn't hold on for the point - it was a lucky goal really but then they pushed and could have got a winner so maybe a point is a fair result.

"I think both goalkeepers today were on top of their game; It could have been a cricket score so fair play to Maxi (Chris Maxwell) who made a handful of saves to keep us in the game and likewise with their goalkeeper. We could and probably should have been three or four up by half-time if it wasn't for their goalkeeper."

For more reaction from Alan Browne as well as post-match reaction from Simon Grayson, head to PNEPlayerHD now.

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