Preston North End manager Phil Brown takes blame for poor form

Preston North End manager Phil Brown has told the club’s disgruntled fans that he is to blame for their wretched run of form.

The Lilywhites slipped to their seventh defeat in eight games at the hands of strugglers Rochdale on Saturday which stimulated a particularly vociferous reaction from the crowd.

The boos reached a peak when Brown controversially replaced Danny Mayor with Barry Nicholson after an hour and speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post following the game the 52-year-old urged the fans to distance their frustrations from the players: “If they want to vent their frustrations at me, that isn’t a problem, as long as they keep it away from the players.

“Some of the players are suffering out there at the moment, maybe because of the odd call from a fan.

“I have to make the decisions and there were a couple of big calls in terms of substitutions during the game.”

In regards to the aforementioned substitution Brown added: “This club’s tradition is based on wingers and has been since the playing days of Sir Tom Finney.

“When I made a substitution, it is for the benefit of the team Danny Mayor had two crosses in the penalty box in 55 to 60 minutes of play, and three in the previous game – there should be more from a winger.

“I’m not blaming Danny by any stretch of the imagination but I just felt it needed a change.”

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