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.
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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.