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Brown: Reaction from hurt of Saturday

19 December 2013

Phil Brown believes the players will respond against Rochdale following the hurt of defeat to Torquay last weekend

Phil Brown is sure his players will react against Rochdale following the hurt of seeing their unbeaten run come to an end against Torquay United last weekend.

Brown has been pleased by the response of the squad in training this week and believes they will get back to winning ways against Rochdale under the lights at Roots Hall on Friday night.

He said: “The players, staff and management were all hurting after Saturday’s defeat. We just weren’t at our best and unfortunately the run came to an end.

“I think we’ve only had three really poor performances this season that have led to a defeat in about 20 games so we have got consistency in our performances.

“Rochdale played us at a good time towards the end of last season and won the game, but our striker (Barry Corr) could have walked off with the matchball in a losing team.

“That’s not how I want my side to play. If the striker scores three goals, we’ve got to win the game. That means everyone is doing their jobs.

“We’ll have to be at our best on Friday night but I think we’re a changed team in a lot of ways since then. The players have really taken to the ideas we’re getting across and we are getting the benefits.”

Brown also believes he has the best squad at his disposal for the game since the start of the season, with Cauley Woodrow back from suspension and Julian Bennett the only player out with injury.

He said: “I looked at the bench at Torquay and it was very strong and we’re also welcoming back Cauley for this game so we’re really up to full strength for the first time in a while, other than Julian.

“Huge credit must go to the physio and the strength and conditioning department for the work they are doing with the players throughout the week.

“There’s a lot of decisions to be made ahead of the game, but that’s fantastic for a manager. These options are very important, especially ahead of a very busy Christmas period.”

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