Preston boss Brown praises walking wounded for a fantastic show
AUDIO: Preston boss Phil Brown insists he is still looking for some help from Lady Luck – despite surviving a late penalty to earn a point at Carrow Road.
Brown was counting the casualty list from a bug that is working its way around the training ground as well as on-field injuries which hit him hard on Saturday as his team finished the game with only 10 men.
By that time Preston should have been counting their blessings after Wes Hoolahan's miss from the spot when he tried to chip the visiting keeper.
'I can't understand players who do that,' said Brown. 'For him to do that it shows a little bit of disrespect for Iain Turner. I am delighted for Iain Turner to get himself a penalty save and also a point.'
An alternative way of looking at the penalty and the lack of luck, perhaps, but Brown wasn't to be diverted from his school of thought.
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'We're looking for that little bit of luck, that bounce of a ball or that refereeing decision to go for us,' he said.
'Today, it fell upon the big man's (Chris Brown's) shoulders to get us a much deserved point. You have got Barry Nicholson, your goalscorer from midfield who goes down with an injury, you have got Nathan Ellington in the warm-up who goes down with an injury, Andy Lonergan has gastric flu as does Craig Morgan.
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'What is keeping me going is the pride and the performances that the players are putting in. It was a much deserved draw, a well-earned point. We have got to persevere, we have got to keep going.
'There are 12 big games to go, when that first win comes, I'm almost convinced that the shackles of relegation and inhibitions that have been lying heavily on the players will lift. I believe that when we get that win, we will go on a run.'
Brown never managed to produce the goods during his 12-month spell as a Norwich player, but has scored twice against his former employers in four appearances since leaving in January, 2008. His opener on Saturday came after he had won a free-kick after a foul by Elliott Ward.
'It hits the wall, comes back to him (Keith Treacy), and he then sticks it straight into danger area,' explained his manager. 'Chris Brown's finish is sublime, and hopefully there is a lot more of that to come.
'He could be fantastic for us, I think that he has got a presence.
'He played in the reserves on Wednesday against Wrexham with (Iain) Hume. It was big man, little man partnership, the thing that people say is the ideal partnership, and they formed a decent partnership in that game.
'I was going to start them, but I thought that Nathan Ellington was playing well enough to get a start.
'The more minutes you have out there as a striker, the more chance you have of scoring goals. Brown showed everybody that he is a man in form, so it will be difficult for me to leave him out now.'