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Brown: An unrecognisable display

14 December 2013

Blues boss frustrated by his side's performance as they lose at Torquay United

Phil Brown says his team were unrecognisable from the side that went seven games unbeaten as they lost 1-0 to Torquay in League 2.

John Marquis’ goal early in the second half was enough to end Blues’ unbeaten run, and Brown was disappointed with his side.

He said: “It was an unrecognisable team performance today. No individual had a good game and when that happens the whole team will play poorly.

“We just didn’t seem to turn up and that’s not acceptable. We’ve gone seven unbeaten before this and we’ll have to bounce back quickly.

“After our last defeat we had some harsh words said in the dressing room and we responded well by going seven unbeaten, but today wasn’t what we’ve come to expect of this side.

“Torquay are a side fighting for their lives and when they got that goal it was crucial. I always say the first goal in a game is very important, but we knew just how important it would be today.

“Alan Knill is under some pressure but his players showed up for him today and helped to get a big three points, but we should have been much better.”

Brown was also disappointed Blues failed to take the chances that did come their way, adding: “We have two just after half-time, Barry had a good shot saved and then headed wide and moments later we were behind.

“Freddy Eastwood had a chance late on but it just wasn’t our day today. We will work hard in training this week to make sure we’re ready for Rochdale on Friday.”

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