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Browney: “We Could Find Ourselves In A Really Good Position”

22 February 2024

First Team News

Browney: “We Could Find Ourselves In A Really Good Position”

22 February 2024

Alan Browne feels it’s crucial for PNE to not dip in form after putting together a positive run during the past few weeks.

North End started the season incredibly well and were sat at the top of the division, and despite dropping down the table, the Lilywhites have now taken 11 points from the last 15 available.

That’s taken Ryan Lowe’s men within a few points of the Play-Offs and in the next three games they face sides within the top seven.

Alan said: “I think there’s been a few times over the years where we’ve found ourselves in situations like this where we’ve put a really strong run together and then it just tails off.

“I think we’ve got to have the mentality that we’ve put a good run together and we need to keep continuing that run or at least not completely dip in form like we did earlier in the season.

“If we can remain relatively consistent between now and the end of the season we could find ourselves in a really good position.”

PNE are taking on one of the division’s in-form sides on Friday night, as they head to the West Midlands to face Coventry City.

The Sky Blues have lost just twice in their previous 21 matches, however North End have a quite remarkable record of not having lost to Coventry in the last 20 league meetings.

“I’m aware of it,” added Browney. “I think we’ve probably been their bogey team for a while, so hopefully we can continue that record and go there in good spirits and come away with a good result.

“I think when you’re on the other end of it it probably plays on your mind a bit more. They might think, ‘I’ve never got a win against these’ or, ‘It’s been however long,’ so it does play on your mind when you’re on the opposite end of it.

“For us it’s another game and hopefully we can play to that advantage. We’ve got to play up to that and live up to the recent form we’ve had against them.”

As well as being full of praise for striker Emil Riis, who has put his long-term injury woes behind him with three goals in his last three, the skipper was also complimentary of Robbie Brady.

The left wing-back opened his account for the club last weekend with a superb strike against Blackburn Rovers to kickstart a North End comeback.

Alan said: “I’m honestly buzzing for Rob because I’m quite aware of a lot of the stick he gets, which to me is really undeserving.

“I think he probably hasn’t been as good as he is in games, but for us we see him on a daily basis and he’s one of the best trainers.

“I think sometimes people can be a scapegoat and I think that’s been the case for a while now. Obviously criticism is going to be there for every player, but I think recently he’s been fantastic and any opportunity he’s got on the pitch he’s been brilliant.

“I think people are quick to point out the bad things rather than the good things. It was good to see him get off the mark and hopefully he can continue a good run of form.”

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