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Brown: A game of two halves

1 April 2013

Blues boss says his side weren't good enough in the first-half, but were much improved in the second

Phil Brown was left with mixed emotions after Blues were held by Fleetwood Town in his first home game in charge of the Club.

Brown admitted Blues weren’t at the races in the first-half as Fleetwood led 1-0 at the break, but was pleased with the way his side responded in the second 45.

Barry Corr’s late goal earned Blues a point, and Brown says there’s plenty to build on following two successive draws at the start of his tenure.

Brown said: “I don’t think we were good enough in the first-half and Fleetwood deserved to be ahead at the half-time break.

“We weren’t playing with any width, and it’s difficult when you’re one left-winger is out injured, but the formation just didn’t seem to work.

“We tried to get Freddy into the space in front of the two strikers but it just didn’t seem to come off in the first-half.

“The football we were playing wasn’t as good, and it has to be when you’re playing a diamond formation in there.

“The character the players showed in the second-half was good though. You could say it was a game of two halves because I thought we were the better team after the break.

“If we had got that goal a bit earlier then I think we might have gone on to win the game, but as it was, it didn’t come until five minutes from the end.

“Even then, either side could’ve gone on to win the game, that’s how it is in this division but at the end of the day it’s a deserved point for us and it gives us plenty to build on this week.”

Phil was pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Paul Smith who saved Gareth Evans’ first-half penalty and then made an excellent save in injury time.

Brown said: “I was pleased for Paul today. I’ve had people saying it’s the right decision to play him and some people saying it’s the wrong one.

“But whoever plays I want to claim their shirt and he certainly did that today. He kept us in the game with the penalty save.

“Then in injury time he made an excellent stop to deny Fleetwood the three points.

“On Friday I felt eight or nine players earned their shirt for today, but only a few staked their claim for the final today, so that’s a disappointed.

“But we’ve got six days between now and the final so there’s still a lot of work to do and the places in the side are still all to play for.”

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