Phil Brown will demand an open-top bus parade if he keeps Preston in the Championship after he tasted victory at the 13th attempt of asking in a 3-0 win at relegation rivals Scunthorpe.

The 51-year-old had failed to preside over a win in his first 12 matches but first-half goals from Keith Treacy, Billy Jones and Iain Hume made it a lucky 13 for Brown a year ago to the day since he was sacked as Hull City boss.

Brown feels his luck is beginning to turn at just the right time, saying: "Pressure does mount but it's pressure that you put yourself under in the pursuit of success."


He added: "The biggest challenge of my career was to get Hull City into the Premier League. Now without a shadow of doubt my biggest challenge is to keep Preston North End in the Championship.

"Belief is such a massive word, it's only six letters but it's such a big word in our game.

"We've got Coventry at Deepdale on Saturday and if we got back-to-back wins then suddenly that belief gets stronger and stronger.

"We've had glimpses of great performances in recent weeks and teams are just starting to respect us.

"If we can (stay up) then I'll be screaming for an open-top bus at the end of the season, it would be a massive achievement."

Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough was relieved of his duties along with assistant Kevin Pressman and first-team coach Steve Parkin in the aftermath of the defeat.

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