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We must put our bodies on the line

31 August 2013

Brown wants players to step up to the mark when defending set pieces after

Phil Brown says his players must show more desire and commitment when defending set pieces after Blues slipped to a second straight defeat.

Wycombe’s two goals came from a free-kick and a set piece into the box that were both headed home, and Brown was understandably disappointed.

Blues are yet to concede from open play in the league so far this season, but have now conceded four goals from set pieces.

Brown said: “It’s very disappointing because we’ve given them all the instructions and all the information in the week.

“As players they need to step up and show desire and commitment and really put their bodies on the line.

“They’ve got to want to get to the ball first and head it away. We’ve spoken in the changing room and we’ve got to cut out it out of our game because it puts us up against it.

“We need players who go out there and give it their all and at the moment there’s one or two not doing that at the moment and that’s a big shame.

“Set pieces can really cost you and they have again today. We were on top after making it 1-1 but one set piece and we’re back up against it which is a problem.”

Despite two defeats in a row, Brown says there are positives to be taken, especially the form of Freddy Eastwood.

He said: “There were positives to take from the game. Not just Freddy’s performance but the way we played when we had the ball.

“I think Freddy is in the form of his life at the moment and hopefully he’ll keep that going.

“We’ve played some good football in the two defeats we’ve suffered and we’ve had the chances to win both games.

“We have to put this on the wave behind and now focus on the two upcoming home games. If we win both of those, these two defeats will be in the past.”

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