Ryan Lowe has hit back at Preston North End fans who booed his decision to bring off Manchester United loanee Alvaro Fernandez.

The 19-year-old was handed his first senior league start in yesterday’s 2-0 Championship defeat at Deepdale against Sheffield United.

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It was the former Real Madrid youngster’s second start for the Lilywhites having grabbed two assists in his only other start for the club which came in the 4-1 win against Huddersfield last month in the Carabao Cup.

Lowe brought off Fernandez as part of a triple substitution and the young Spaniard was replaced by former Manchester United man Robbie Brady.

The changes, which were made at 1-0, drew boos from the Preston fans, with Fernandez’ withdrawal receiving the biggest negative reaction, but Lowe has responded to the boo boys and explained his decision.

Ryan Lowe hits back at Preston fans for booing decision to bring off Alvaro Fernandez

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When asked about about the supporter frustration, Lowe admitted that it took him back.

Speaking to LancsLive, Lowe said: “Yeah, disappointed. What I will say, is that these fans pay their hard-earned money and they can voice their opinion, rightly so.

“But, what they don’t know is that Alvaro took a knock to his thigh at half-time and was struggling to run towards the end.

“It did (take me by surprise) to be fair, but Alvaro is a 19-year-old kid who has never played Championship football before or any first-team football. He is finding his feet as well and he’d probably tell you that.

“He’s up against a lad in [George] Baldock who has made probably 300 appearances in the Championship. Alvaro was always going to fatigue at some point; I thought he was fantastic in the first half and then died off a bit towards the end.

“Fans can voice their opinions whenever they want. I don’t think it was all of them. I think it was a minority, but please be patient with the group because they are working their socks off and trying – especially the ones coming on to the pitch, because they don’t need to hear that.”

Depending on whether he hasn’t picked up another injury, Fernandez will be hoping to make it back-to-back senior league starts when Preston host Sunderland in the first match after the international break on 1 October.

The Spain Under-19 international could come up against Amad Diallo who’s on loan at the Black Cats for the 2022-23 season.

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