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Brown: Players must have belief

5 April 2013

Phil Brown wants Blues' players to have the belief they will beat League 1 side Crewe on Sunday

“The players must have the belief that they can win the game on Sunday.”

That was the message from Blues boss Phil Brown ahead of his side’s trip to Wembley Stadium to face Crewe Alexandra in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final.

Brown admits Blues go into the game as underdogs in his opinion, but insists that if his side have belief then anything is possible when they take to the field against League 1 side Crewe.

The 53-year-old, who won at Wembley with Hull City back in 2008 and won this very competition with Bolton Wanderers at the old Wembley, is confident his players will perform on the big occasion.

He said: “When I was with Bolton in the final we went 1-0 down and it was all about having belief that day. We came from behind to win and once we equalised we had the confidence in us to go on and win the game.

“That’s the message I’ve put across to the players – they need to have the belief that they can go and win this game and there’s no doubt in my mind that that’s exactly what they can do.

“They need to make sure they play well and perform because that’s the most important thing. If they do that, then the result will hopefully follow for us.

“We are the underdogs, that’s for sure. I went at watched Crewe a week or so ago and they are a good side, who play some very good football.

“We will have the crowd behind us, to have 30,000 of them travelling with us is going to be absolutely fantastic. They alone will give the players confidence and belief and hopefully they can strive off of that support.”

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