Blues boss says his side were unlucky not to force extra time following a late rally against Yeovil Town
Phil Brown was pleased with Blues’ performance against Championship side Yeovil Town, but was disappointed to lose the game.
Blues fell to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Kevin Dawson’s excellent strike in the 36th minute. Despite a late rally, Yeovil held on to progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Brown said: “I thought we played some good football and we can be pleased with the performance but we’re disappointed to have lost the game at the end of the day.
“In the first half I think we lost the battle but we won it in the second and were slightly unlucky at the end.
“I think that little bit of Championship class told because it was an excellent strike to give them the lead and it eventually proved to be the winner.
“We had a couple of chances late on and we rallied well as we went looking for an equaliser but we just didn’t have enough in the end.
“I said in my programme notes how winning in competition breeds confidence, just like Bradford last season. It does take its toll on the team but we’re gutted to be out of the competition.
“They were probably worthy winners on the balance of play and could maybe have seen us off in the first half. They managed to get over the winning line, just as we did on Saturday.
“If it had gone to extra time I think we would have had the momentum but we weren’t able to find that equaliser.”
Brown handed Craig Reid, Conor Clifford, Don Cowan, Julian Bennett and Jack Payne their first competitive starts.
“Jack Payne did himself no harm, there were one or two things in our game in the first half that weren’t quite right down to the youthfulness of the team,” Brown said.
“Conor gave absolutely everything. He’s probably looked at the two midfielders on Saturday and thought – there’s going to be some competition here.
“It was good for him and Craig Reid to get 90 minutes and for Julian and Don to play for most of the game.
“Don and Julian both had slight injuries and I think that shows these guys are slightly behind the rest still as they’ve only just come in.
“They’ve still got some way to go to reach the levels of the rest of the squad but they needed that chance and they’ve all done well.”