Alan Browne's next target for Preston North End
Preston midfielder Alan Browne is definitely proving to be a home bird this season.
The statistics show that the Irishman has played his most effective football at Deepdale rather than in away games.
All seven of his goals have come in front of the home faithful, Browne weighing in with three assists too.
He is yet to find the net in an away match this term, a statistic which he is no doubt looking to do something about.
Browne netted North End’s opening goal in the 3-2 win against Millwall last Saturday.
He had started as he meant to go on by scoring the winner against Queens Park Rangers on the opening day.
The 23-year-old has since scored against Bolton, West Bromwich Albion, Brentford, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.
In the Blackburn game, Browne provided two assists, and also set up a goal in the draw with Stoke in August.
North End boss Alex Neil said: “Alan did what he does best against Millwall, getting his shot away.
“It’s good to be scoring goals from different areas of the pitch and it’s something we have done a lot of work on.”
Browne’s seven goals see him in second place behind Callum Robinson in Preston’s top scorer chart.
With Robinson out until March after surgery to repair a damaged hamstring tendon, the odds are that Browne will move above him over the next couple of months.
His last goal in an away match came on April 28 when he got the winner against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Browne’s liking for a goal at Deepdale has generally been in line with PNE’s form this term.
The win over Millwall was their fifth at home in the league.
Last season it was their form on the road which proved to be a touch stronger.
Said Neil: “We have done well at home this season.
“Our home form has been in reverse to last season when we struggled to open teams up here.
“We’ve done a lot of work on our attacking play, we have been more aggressive and more attacking.
“Doing that does tend to make you more susceptible to conceding goals, which is only natural.
“I would rather take that risk and score more goals – and I’m pleased to see us doing that.”
On Saturday, North End cross the Pennines to face Sheffield Wednesday.