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Brown: A window of opportunity

5 August 2013

Manager says Cup game against Yeovil gives his players a chance to showcase what they can do against tougher opposition

Phil Brown says the game against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night will give his players a great chance to show their quality against Championship opposition.

With the season just a game old, Brown is still figuring out his strongest starting XI, especially having made four signings in the last few days.

And the manager says the players currently have a ‘window of opportunity’ to impress not only him but the fans as well.

Brown said: “You try to create an environment that is conducive to players wanting to come and work and better themselves.

“We want a professional environment here at the football club, it’s about taking care of the little details from the players, the way they train, the way they apply themselves.

“They are doing everything they can to get into the starting team and then they need to do whatever they can to stay there.

“Tuesday is another window of opportunity against higher league opposition. It’s a chance for them to show everyone what they can really do and how good they really are.

“I will be making changes. That’s not to weaken the team but that is to give some of the other players a chance.

“Craig Reid, Conor Clifford, Julian Bennett and Don Cowan are all likely to be involved and it’s their chance to show what they can do.

“There’s no new injury concerns of note, but Ryan Leonard and Marc Laird both took slight knocks on Saturday due to their combative style of play.”

Brown is also looking forward to the game against Gary Johnson’s side, adding: “I can’t wait for the game because it’s always nice to pit yourselves against better opposition.

“It’ll be a good chance to see how far we’ve come since the start of pre-season and what sort of shape we’re in.”

Chief Scout Bob Shaw watched Yeovil against Millwall on Saturday, a game the Glovers won 1-0, and Brown revealed just how impressed Shaw was with Johnson’s side.

“Bob Shaw has come in on Monday and said it’s probably the most hardworking team in a long time,” Brown added.

“He simply said ‘what a performance’. That hard work and effort is what they have built their success on.

“They will be very difficult to break down and when they get on the ball they will create because they’ve got some very good players.”

An interview with Phil is available on Blues Player.

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