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Brown's pride at Blues performance

11 August 2013

Manager delighted as ten-man Blues pick up three points on the road

Blues boss Phil Brown was proud of his side’s performance as they won 1-0 against Hartlepool, despite having to play the entire second half with ten men following a red card to Barry Corr.

The ten-men defended resolutely and never really looked like conceding as they ran out 1-0 winners to make it two wins and two clean sheets from their opening two League 2 games.

Brown says the performance of his side just shows how good the team spirit is among the squad, and proves they have the quality to match their hard work and commitment.

He said: “I think pride is the right word to use on this occasion because there was a lot to be proud of following that performance having gone down to ten men.

“The whole team worked extremely hard, defended well and showed real quality to come away with the three points against a side desperate to pick up their first win of the season.

“I thought we started the game well and it was a very good goal to give us the lead. I knew at half-time their team talk would be quite a tricky one because having lost their first two games and being 1-0 down at home they really had to go for it.

“I can’t really remember them having any clear cut chances in the second half which is testament to the whole team really. They kept trying to play football but we were very resolute and denied them any real space.

“Late on we were almost playing a 4-5-0 because we thought we might as well let their centre backs have the ball and then put the pressure on in midfield.

“It’s an excellent three points because just like last weekend we’ve kept another clean sheet and our striker has grabbed the winning goal. It’s been a very positive start to the season.”

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