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Brown: More of the same on Saturday

15 August 2013

Blues boss hopes for the same from both his players and the fans against Northampton on Saturday

Phil Brown will be asking his players to show more of the same when they take on Northampton Town at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The manager has been impressed by his side’s start to the season, but believes the game against the Cobblers will be their toughest test yet in League 2.

But with more of the same from his players, and the same backing that was shown by the fans at the opening game of the season against Plymouth Argyle, Brown says Blues can come away with the three points and make it three wins from three.

He said: “We’ve done well in the opening two games and no disrespect to Plymouth or Hartlepool but I think Northampton will be our toughest test to date.

“The league can be so different after 20 games of course and Hartlepool and Plymouth may well be challenging but you can always expect Aidy’s Northampton to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

“They went very close last year. I was at the final and to be 3-0 down inside 27 minutes must have been tough. I really felt for Aidy that day, but they seem like they are ready to go again.

“You know what to expect. They will be strong and difficult to break down but we’ve played some good football so far and we’ll need to get that ball down and play on Saturday.

“The atmosphere against Plymouth on the opening day was brilliant. I keep saying it but the support from the fans is absolutely vital and we’ll need all your support again on Saturday.

“Having such good support gives the players such a lift and you saw that against Plymouth on the first day of the season.”

On the injury front, Brown added: “Kevan Hurst has been in full training this week but we’ll speak with the physio. We don’t want to rush him but there’s a chance he could be involved on the bench.”

Brown was also pleased with Barry Corr’s successful appeal, adding: “I’m glad common sense has prevailed really. Barry was quite down on Monday and Tuesday but by Tuesday afternoon he was back to his usual self.

“Craig Reid and Don Cowan were both thinking they might have a chance until the appeal was successful, but they got some good minutes under their belts on Tuesday, and added a few goals to that too.”

Phil added that Mark Phillips was struggling with a slight niggle but said Adam Thompson would be prepared to step in on Saturday having come through unscathed during international duty with Northern Ireland’s under-21’s on Wednesday.

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