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Brown: Nothing to fear on the road

12 December 2013

Blues boss says his side have nothing to fear when they head to Torquay United on Saturday

Phil Brown says Blues have nothing to fear on their travels, with three of their next four League 2 games coming away from home.

First up is the long trip to Plainmoor this weekend to take on Torquay United before facing Rochdale at home and then AFC Wimbledon and Accrington on the road before the year is out.

But Blues’ boss believes his side can continue their good away form, having already won seven away games in all competitions so far this season.

He said: “The away form is quite impressive, certainly of late. We took on one of our nearest rivals in Chesterfield and I was more than impressed by the performance of the players.

“The quality that we showed in both halves was excellent, it was a strong game, strong performance and away from home against good opposition.

“Having to travel somewhere at the moment, by train or by coach doesn’t seem to bother us at all and we fear nothing at the moment.”

Brown is also pleased with the players he has at his disposal this weekend with Freddy Eastwood, Ryan Leonard and Will Atkinson back available.

He added: “I think Will has set the benchmark for not just this team but the division in terms of work rate and ability to get about the pitch.

“He has been outstanding and if he continues with that he’ll be very difficult to leave out.

“Ryan came back in to training on Tuesday and trained again on Wednesday when the other players were off.

“If he brings his best game to the table he’ll be another difficult player to leave out, we were on a good run when he got injured.

“But we’ve carried that form on and it’s causing one or two headaches and it’s great to have.

“Freddy came through 65 minutes in a game on Tuesday and did well, you want him in and around the team and on the team sheet.

“He brings a lot to the team so it’s great to have him back available.”

The visit to Torquay will be a tough one, according to Brown, and he says his side will have to be ruthless at Plainmoor.

“I think the downside to this game is that they may have this wounded animal mentality,” Brown added

“I know Alan Knill very well having played with him for a few years. They will want to bite back.

“We’ve got to impose ourselves, respect the opposition as we always do. We won’t treat this game any differently and we’ve got to be ruthless.”

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