Hartlepool United’s James Brown shocked to end up losing against Preston North End

James Brown takes a shot on goal against Preston. Picture by FRANK REID
James Brown takes a shot on goal against Preston. Picture by FRANK REID

JAMES Brown was still taking his place on the visiting bench when Preston North End stole victory at Deepdale.

The 25-year-old had just made way after another highly-encouraging 75-minute display when the hosts, who had been under the cosh for the majority of the game, nicked the only goal.

It was Danny Mayor who rocketed home a 25-yard blast to snatch an undeserved three points for Graham Westley’s Lilywhites.

And it was a shell-shocked Brown who spoke to SportMail today.

“I didn’t even see their goal,” said the Northumberland-born forward.

“I just saw the ball hit the corner and thought ‘what’s going on here?’.

Read Craig Hope’s interview with a shocked James Brown, plus Craig’s full match report, photos and more reaction, in today’s Sportmail.