As a result, Browne had to be rescued by the Preston kitman Russ Rigby and only arrived 70 minutes before kick-off and 20 minutes late for the team meeting.
Preston boss Simon Grayson pondered not selecting the midfielder but will be glad he compromised his beliefs, after Browne headed home a stoppage-time winner. However, that intervention won’t spare him a fine.
“We kept going, got fortunate with the own goal and then Browney made his way into the box very late, like he did for the team meeting at half past one,” Grayson said.
“He had a puncture on the motorway. He’ll be celebrating tonight but will be reprimanded after the weekend with a fine.
“It is club rules, other managers might not have played him but he came up with the goods so it won’t be as severe as it maybe would have been.”
Browne said: “We went 1-0 down but we didn’t let our heads drop. We kept going until the end and it paid off. It wasn’t pretty at times but we got the win and that’s all that matters.”
Elsewhere, Keiren Westwood needed nine minutes of treatment before being carried off the pitch with concussion, after colliding with Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Tom Lees in their 2-1 win at Birmingham.
“Keiren was trying to block a shot, and I think he got a knee in the head from Tom Lees,” Owls coach Lee Bullen said.
“He has got a bit of an egg on the head, a sore neck and he went to the hospital as a precaution. I believe everything is okay.”
Aiden McGeady started and played 61 minutes for Wednesday.
Ipswich’s play-off hopes suffered a setback as Mick McCarthy’s men conceded late on to lose 1-0 at QPR.
McCarthy said: “I thought we were the ones that were the most likely to win the game in the second half, so to have conceded in the last few minutes makes it even more disappointing to lose.”
In Scotland, Adam Rooney scored twice — taking his season tally to 18 — as Aberdeen went level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership with a 4-3 win at St Johnstone.
Rooney joked: “My first goal was another trademark strike from a yard out. In fact I think it was a yard and a half this time! I’ve just gambled and it was a good ball in and luckily I was in the right place.”
In League Two in England, John-Joe O’Toole was among the scorers as leaders Northampton stretched their lead to five points after a 2-0 win over York City.