Preston goalscorer Alan Browne on the game plan that stifled Leeds United at Elland Road

Leeds United played out a 1-1 draw with Preston North End in the Championship

By Joe Urquhart
Friday, 27th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Leeds United's Helder Costa takes on Alan Browne at Elland Road. (Getty)
Leeds United's Helder Costa takes on Alan Browne at Elland Road. (Getty)

Preston midfielder Alan Browne said it was always his sides plan to "get on top of" Leeds United at Elland Road and reflected on a point earned on Boxing Day.

Alex Neil's outfit led in LS11 until the 89th minute as United utility man Stuart Dallas saw a deflected effort find the top corner of Declan Rudd's net to earn a late 1-1 draw.

Browne had earlier put his side ahead in the first half with a well-worked team goal, but the North End skipper remained upbeat despite his sides late concession in West Yorkshire and revealed the game plan almost worked to perfection.

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“I think it’s mixed emotions really,” he said.

“Coming away to Elland Road, beforehand, you’d probably take a draw, it’s a good result for any side especially with the form they’re in and the type of side they are.

“I think we had enough chances to win the game but credit to them, second half, they came at us and there was always going to be a spell where they put us under pressure and I thought we dealt with it and they got a bit of fortune with the goal, but you could probably argue that it was coming. All in all, I don’t think it’s a bad point.

“I think that was our game plan; to get on top of them. We knew the crowd would get on our backs but you don’t play up to that, you play your own game. I think the first 45 minutes we dominated the game and got our goal.

“From there, we probably could have put it to bed but they had a great spell where they put us under a lot of pressure and maybe in the end deserved their goal.”