Browne bet­ter late than never

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Scott Hunt

IT WAS quite a day for Preston’s Alan Browne, who missed the pre-match meet­ing af­ter a punc­ture on the M61 be­fore scor­ing a stop­page-time win­ner as his side came from be­hind to beat Hud­der­s­field – but man­ager Si­mon Grayson says it won’t help him avoid a fine.

Browne’s 91st-minute header and a Joel Lynch own goal earned Preston the win af­ter Nakhi Wells had given Hud­der­s­field the lead ten min­utes from time.

Hud­der­s­field have still not won at Preston since 1969 while the Li­ly­whites have now lost just one of their last seven League games.

Grayson sin­gled out the char­ac­ter of his side while in­sist­ing match-win­ner Browne will not es­cape a fine.

“We kept go­ing and got for­tu­nate with the own goal and Browney made his way into the box very late like he did for the team meet­ing at half past one,” Grayson joked.

“He’ll be cel­e­brat­ing but will be rep­ri­manded af­ter the week­end with a fine. It’s club rules. He’s lucky; other man­agers might not have played him but he came up with the goods so it won’t be as se­vere as it maybe would have been!

“It’s one of those games where we’ve won it and not de­served to if I’m truth­ful be­cause of the num­ber of chances they had. We’ve played a lot bet­ter this sea­son and not won games so we’ll take that.

“What it shows is that we’ve got a group de­ter­mined to do well and keep go­ing to the very end. They don’t leave any­thing on the pitch, they put their bod­ies on the line and ul­ti­mately see where it takes them.”

Ter­ri­ers cap­tain Lynch came within inches of giv­ing his side the lead on the half-hour as he stepped for­ward and crashed a 30-yard strike off the bar.

That sparked Preston into life as Jor­dan Hugill broke through on goal but Jed Steer saved his poke from 12 yards be­fore Adam Reach dragged the re­bound wide from six yards.

Wells pro­duced a great piece of skill to get him­self clean through on goal in the first minute of the sec­ond half, but An­ders Lin­de­gaard saved with his feet.

Hud­der­s­field have scored more goals in the last 15 min­utes than any other Cham­pi­onship side this sea­son and broke the dead­lock in the 80th minute. Jamie Paterson played through Wells who slid the ball un­der Lin­de­gaard for his 11th League goal this sea­son.

But their lead lasted just three min­utes as Paul Gal­lagher’s strike de­flected off the un­for­tu­nate Lynch and past Jed Steer. And Preston snatched it in in­jury time as Browne rose high­est to nod Calum Woods’ cross home from six yards.

Hud­der­s­field man­ager David Wag­ner praised the per­for­mance of his side and said it was un­be­liev­able that they came away with noth­ing.

“This is one of the harder days since we started our jour­ney here in Hud­der­s­field three months ago,” Wag­ner said.

“It is so hard and frus­trat­ing be­cause the gap be­tween our per­for­mance and our re­sult is un­be­liev­ably big.

“We saw two very dif­fer­ent philoso­phies. One team likes to hit the long ball and the other try to play and per­form on the pitch.

“What we have to work on is that we have to make the next step on our way and that next step is to keep this per­for­mance and to get points for this.”

PIC­TURES: Cam­era Sport

GET­TING AHEAD: Preston’s Alan Browne rises above the Hud­der­s­field de­fence to score the win­ner and, inset, wheels away in cel­e­bra­tion

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