Preston celebrate Alan Browne's opening goal against Stoke
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A welcome clean sheet for the keeper with him saving Clucas late penalty to avoid a nervous last few minutes. The right-back we got to know last season has returned. Played a big part in the opening goal and defended astutely. Another strong display and he has established himself in the team over the last month. Stood up to Stokes physical front two. Bar one back pass which made Rudd work, he hardly put a foot wrong. Sees danger early and is a calm head. Played very well at left-back, both defensively and going forward. Got a vital deflection on an Etebo shot in the second half. Came out on top by a distance in his battle with Joe Allen. Used the ball intelligently, nothing fancy, and played his part in the second goal. Dropped deep to get the ball off the back four in order to build play. Skippered the side on what was his 250th appearance for Preston. The midfielder has now scored in successive games. He showed a good turn of pace and a cool head to run clear and find the net. A fine piece of footwork to create space to shoot for the first goal. The midfielder was on top note all game, pressing very well. Heavily involved in the game from the left side and briefly up front. Played the pass through for Potts to score the second. Had three centre-backs to play against to start with before Stokes formation change. Put in the graft before coming off. Replaced Stockley his arrival to play on the left seeing Maguire moved inside. Came on for Maguire and had a mazy run which earned his side a free-kick. Stepped off the bench into midfield when Paul Gallagher limped off.