Preston North End mainstay Alan Browne has outlined how even though it wasn’t ideal for him, he was happy to give his best efforts whilst playing right-back.
Amid the injury worries at Deepdale, Alex Neil has had to make a lot of changes to his typically reliable back four, with the injury to Darnell Fisher at right-back being one of the major gaps needing to be plugged.
Fisher has not been available since his half-time withdrawal away to Derby just over a week ago, meaning they have needed to cover it. In the 4-0 defeat to Hull City, central midfielder Ryan Ledson deputised but the visit of West Brom last night meant that the Lilywhites could do with more experience in the back four to stop their attack from doing serious damage.
This meant that Alan Browne moved into the right-back slot from his typical central midfield and did so very well, keeping West Brom largely at bay for 88 minutes before a controversial late penalty against Declan Rudd decided the contest.
While it would certainly not be his first choice of position, Browne did very well to step in and cover. Speaking to the club’s official site after the game, Browne had this to say on his temporary role:
AB on playing right back: “I just try to give it a go wherever I play on the pitch. It wouldn’t be my first choice but I don’t mind playing there at all.” #pnefc
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Browne will be eager to return to central midfield alongside Ben Pearson, where they formed a formidable partnership this season.
However, in the meantime, it is great to see that he is happy to fill in wherever he is needed and doing so superbly for Preston.
Heading into the rest of December, Alex Neil will be hoping that he can put some square peg in square holes in defence, rather than using players better suited to different positions.