Preston Nortth End midfielder Alan Browne admitted his stunning strike against Bolton had the gloss taken off it in Saturday’s Deepdale draw between the sides.
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The swivel volley from the edge of the area capped a fine start for the hosts, doubling their lead on 16 minutes after Callum Robinson’s opener.
But two goals in two minutes late in the first half from Sammy Amoebi and Pawel Olkowski ensured the game ended 2-2.
Ben Pearson was then sent off for a clash with Joe Williams after the final whistle, leaving Browne’s goal a distant memory.
“Paul Gallagher chested it to me and made a run,” he said.
“But my man dropped off me and gave me a yard and I just thought I’d have a go.
“Thankfully it ended up in the far corner.
“It doesn’t mean as much to me though because we went on to draw the game.
“It would have meant a lot more if we’d picked up the three points.”
Browne admitted the Bolton double rocked PNE, the sides then playing out a drab second period after an action-packed first.
“You’re going in at half-time thinking if you concede again then it’s probably a horrible result,” said the 23-year-old, now set for Republic of Ireland duty during the international break.
“Your mindset changes. We had to make sure we didn’t concede a third goal because if you lose from 2-0 down then it looks a lot worse than if we draw.
“We didn’t sit back and invite pressure though.
“We tried to get up against them and create chances and we had a couple that on another day might have gone in but unfortunately for us it wasn’t to be.”
North End’s frustration at seeing their lead slip was compounded by Pearson’s red card for an apparent headbutt.
“I didn’t see it so I’m not sure if it’s a red card or not,” said Browne.
“The disappointing thing is it’s not for a tackle trying to get the momentum shifted in our favour.
“It’s at the end of the game and he probably could have just walked down the tunnel and we’d have him for the next few games.”