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Alan Browne: "It Was A Real Battle Out There Today"

18 February 2017

PNE's Alan Browne felt today's game was fiercely contested at the DW Stadium this afternoon.

Browne played his part in PNE's 0-0 draw to Wigan in the centre of the park alongside Ben Pearson.

Activity from both penalty boxes was limited throughout the game with a lot of the ball seen in the centre of the pitch meaning an increased workload for Browne who had to be on his toes all game. However, that's exactly what the Irishman anticipated going into today's game against the Latics.

"Coming here, we were expecting an organised hard-working team," said Browne to North End's media channel after the game.

"They're not going so well at the moment so we knew there would be a real fight. Unfortunately we couldn't get the three points but it wasn't a bad point nonetheless.

"We knew that they'd be at it from the start. They didn't give us any time on the ball and it was a real battle.

"Throughout the season you have to adapt to different games. You see Daniel Johnson on the bench who's been fantastic all year, but it was more of a battle today, it was a fair result, but we're disappointed not to get the three."

The only real opportunity of note during the game was Jordan Hugill's penalty early in the first-half, a moment which could have changed the outcome of today's game admitted Browne post-match.
 
"A goal changes the complex of a game and turns it on its head and it could have been a completely different game," he continued. "Those are big moments in games where we need to take them but it was a good save so we can't be too harsh on Jordan.

On the vocal support coming from the away end this afternoon, Browne added: "They were brilliant all game and I actually thought they outsung the home fans. They got right behind us and I'm just disappointed we couldn't get the victory for them.

"However, seven points from nine in a week is good for any team in the Championship. When you consider the teams we've played, we've got some very good results and we want to keep that going."

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