PRESTON ATHLETIC’S super-sub Jamie Brown doesn’t believe his Hampden wonder strike against Queen’s Park in last week’s Scottish Cup tie warrants a starting XI jersey for tomorrow’s replay at the Pennypit.
After coming on in the 57th minute at the national stadium to replace team-mate Ryan Strachan, the 25-year-old produced a moment he will treasure for the rest of his days just 60 seconds later to haul the Lowland League outfit level at 1-1 – a superbly-controlled lob from the edge of the penalty area that rustled into the top corner of the net.
Gary McCormack edged Preston in front just six minutes later before home defender Ricki Lamie’s header saved the SPFL League Two side’s blushes.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s second round replay in East Lothian, Brown said: “I’ve been out injured since pre-season, so I’ve just been working hard to get back into the team, really. Me coming on and scoring a goal doesn’t automatically merit a place in the team, to be honest. Of course, I’d like to be on from the start – who wouldn’t?
“It was brilliant scoring at Hampden, somewhere everybody dreams of scoring at when growing up.
“I think we’ve got a really good chance of coming through the replay, as we’ve got a lot of really talented players in the squad.”
Ayr United await the winners of tomorrow’s clash in a third round tie at Somerset Park, yet another fixture Brown admits his side would go into with no added pressure.
He added: “Ayr play in a higher division, so the standard is going to be much better, but we’re always going to be the underdogs no matter who we face, so we’ve got nothing to fear.
“We’ve got to get past Queen’s Park first and we’re hoping for a big crowd to come and support us. We had a fair few come through to Hampden last weekend, so I expect the same again.”