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Brown: Luck wasn't on our side

7 April 2013

Manager believes Blues just needed that bit of luck in front of goal to give them a chance against Crewe

Phil Brown felt his players just lacked a bit of awareness in the final third that cost them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe scored an early goal in both halves to seal a 2-0 win at Wembley and Brown felt Blues’ efforts deserved slightly more.

Brown said: “I just thought we lacked that little bit in the final third that could have got us a goal.

“The ball just didn’t seem to fall for us throughout the game in the box and that was disappointing. I don’t think we had luck on our side today, and you do need that bit of luck in a final.

“We didn’t start the game at a good enough tempo, just like we did against Fleetwood, and that wasn’t good enough because we really emphasised how important it was to start the game well.

“We didn’t say anything about conceding an early goal at half-time, because when you do that, it happens.

“Unfortunately we got caught out slightly. Bilel should have opted, on that occasion, just to get rid of it rather than try and play and unfortunately that cost us.

“We tried to get back into the game, the players gave it everything they had got but it just didn’t happen unfortunately.

“I thought we had a bit more when Corr and Reeves came on and we needed that goal to get the fans really bouncing and put them under pressure but we couldn’t get it.”

Brown was keen to emphasise how important it is for Blues to now bounce back against Rochdale on Wednesday night.

“There’s absolutely no rest,” he said. “We’ll be in on Monday and Tuesday and we’ll work on things.

“It’s going to be a tough game at Rochdale but we’ve got five games between now and the end of the season and we want to win them all.

“The players will want to bounce back, that’s for sure, so hopefully we can get a big three points on Wednesday night.”

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