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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Browne's form a boost for Preston

Irish duo on target for promotion hopefuls

Preston’s Alan Browne
Preston’s Alan Browne

Ireland international Alan Browne feels he is getting even stronger as the season goes on while his Preston side challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

Preston are just one position off the play-off places in the Championship thanks to a weekend win over a relegation-threatened Hull City side.

Irish caps Greg Cunningham and Browne scored for Preston in the win, and Browne says that while the latest win was a struggle, he's pleased with his form

"I think right from the start of the season, I've got stronger and I think I'm developing well particularly on the ball and hopefully I can keep delivering performances like that," Browne said.

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"We knew that was going to be a battle and at times we played sloppy football, but we tried to get it down as much as we could.

"We've got experience however to know that we can't always play football and results are more important than the performances right now so it was just great to get the result we wanted."

Browne made his senior international debut against Mexico last year but has not been capped since, though he is hoping to use next month's training camp and friendly in Turkey to force his way into Martin O'Neill's plans.

Galway lad Cunningham, also keen to win international recognition after a long spell out in the cold with Ireland, was pleased to score his first goal in 13 months. "It's always nice to score," said Cunningham. "I need to start chipping in more with assists and goals. "I'd like to add that to my game to help the team as much as I can."

Meanwhile, QPR boss Ian Holloway believes that frustration led to a red card for Ireland U21 cap Ryan Manning.

The Galway lad was sent off for the first time in his senior career in Saturday's 1-0 win at home to Barnsley.

Manning, who has started just three league games for the London club this season, had only been on the field for four minutes, as a second-half sub, when he was dismissed for a foul.

"I want Ryan to tackle. I thought he tried to make a tackle on a skiddy pitch and he got there late," said Holloway.

"I'm glad the (opposing) player isn't that bad. It wasn't intentional but it was a nasty one. He went in and tried to win it because he's desperate to play for us.

"He's frustrated that those midfield three probably have been picked too many times by me instead of him.

"He's gutted in there but we dug him out and we managed to come through that."

Opposition manager Paul Heckingbottom also felt that Manning was late in his challenge.

"I think it was a genuine attempt for the ball but he was late," said the Barnsley boss.

"The two players were fully committed - I have no qualms because the ball was running away from him so it was just late.

"I don't think it was anything, but because of how late it was, it was dangerous."

Manning (21) now faces a spell on the sidelines due to an automatic suspension.

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