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Alan Browne Praises Defensive Efforts

12 August 2017

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First Team News

Alan Browne Praises Defensive Efforts

12 August 2017

Alan Browne credited the defensive resilience of North End after they shut out Leeds United to claim a point at Elland Road.

There's been an emphasis on North End's attacking charges since Alex Neil took charge in the summer, yet today North End also showed their defensive pedigree in their first away game of the 2017/18 campaign.

After playing with one man less following the dismissal of Ben Pearson after an hour, Browne and co. had to work even harder with the No. 8 clocking up more miles than most as North End secured a well earned point away to Leeds.

"We've done really well defensively," stated Browne in his post-match comments to iFollow.

"Especially when the manager's priorities are getting the ball moving and getting the ball forward and working on that side of the game, so in terms of defensively we've been brilliant.

"Credit to Chris Maxwell today as he made one of the best saves I've ever seen; Chris Wood who's the man in form was in but he prevented him from scoring and I thought the back four were excellent as well today."

Prior to Pearson's sending off, the all green Lilywhites more than took the game to their hosts with Browne himself almost getting on the score sheet on two occasions, and Browne described to PNE the current mood in the North End camp following today's stalemate.

"It's a really happy dressing room," he continued.

"the gaffer said afterwards that he was really proud of us and I think individually we were proud of each other. Against any team when you go down to ten men it's tough but on a pitch this size - I think it's bigger than most - we dug deep for each other and grinded out a great point.

"I thought we were excellent in the first 60 minutes. We showed a lot of stuff that we've been working on in training and we seen a lot of it in pre-season with what we've put into practice today. We showed the other side of the game by defending for each other and sitting in when we need to so I thought we worked both sides of the game really well.

"Jordan (Hugill) was brilliant today - he worked hard and he set me up twice with two great opportunities and I should have scored but it wasn't to be - he deserves all of the plaudits he gets today because he was excellent."

Watch the full interview with Alan above. 

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