Alan Browne turned in a decent performance last night, as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Denmark.
Mick McCarthy’s side needed a win at the Aviva Stadium last night in order to reach EURO 2020, and avoid having to go through the playoff format.
Sadly for Ireland, that didn’t happen. McCarthy set up quite conservatively, and with Ireland struggling to make a breakthrough, Martin Braithwaite fired Denmark in front.
Matt Doherty’s header from an Enda Stevens cross set up a dramatic finale, but Ireland couldn’t find the second goal they needed. Denmark head through to EURO 2020, and Ireland must now go through the playoffs.
Two Preston players were involved, as Alan Browne played the full 90 minutes, with Seani Maguire coming on as a late substitute too. Browne was even pressed into action as a makeshift centre back, as Shane Duffy was thrown forward out of desperation.
Browne endured a difficult start to the season, but is starting to come back into form now. Playing as a 10 behind Jayden Stockley has helped him with Preston, picking up an assist against Blackburn Rovers and a goal against Huddersfield Town, whilst he even played well on the right of midfield for Ireland last night.
Fans have been hailing Browne’s display, taking to Twitter to suggest that he was one of the best players on the pitch, praising him as ‘different class’ whilst claiming he should always start moving forward.
Ex-Preston goalkeeping coach, former Ireland international and current Ireland coach Alan Kelly joined in, hailing Browne for a ‘great’ performance whilst crediting him as a fantastic role model.
Alan Browne 5/10? You’re having a laugh there, he was one of the best players on the pitch. https://t.co/FuUPWyvshx
— Shane O'Brien (@ShaneOBrien005) November 19, 2019
Alan Browne a 5? What game were ye watching. Himself and Doherty worked very well together on the right.
— Aaron (@AaronM_92) November 19, 2019
I thought Alan Browne was Man of the Match never stopped going and linked up very well with Doherty
— Joe Harvey (@harvejoe) November 18, 2019
Getting Enda Stevens in at left back has been a godsend for Ireland. Alan Browne has to be a starter going forward now too, was everywhere tonight. #IRLDEN
— Alex (@AlexNoonan_) November 18, 2019
Thought Alan Browne was very good. Doherty as well.
— Mark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) November 18, 2019
Alan Browne find of the campaign was immense tonight, just need a goal scorer
— Kilconnor flock (@KilconnorFlock) November 18, 2019
Alan Browne best player on the pitch for me
— Davy Campbell (@lucanhoop87) November 18, 2019
— Matty Condon (@MattyCondon) November 18, 2019
— Mick Ring 🇮🇪 (@MickRing83) November 18, 2019
Thought Alan Browne was very good
— BOBBY TARANTINO 🤙 (@SparkyDwan) November 18, 2019
Alan Browne looks a player tonight#coybig
— Marc O'Reachtaire (@O_Reachtaire) November 18, 2019
@Alan__Browne been different class 👏👏👏
— Gavan Holohan (@Gav_Holohan34) November 18, 2019
Great performance from @Alan__Browne last night. To have seen him develop, 1st hand @pnefc & then walk out onto the pitch & play a starring role for @FAIreland 🇮🇪 v Denmark is a fantastic role model for any young footballer. pic.twitter.com/JrrauAFEUs
— Goalkeeping Skills (@Keepingskills) November 19, 2019