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Brown: A good test for the lads

27 July 2013

Phil Brown was pleased with football on show against QPR but says Blues must work on set pieces

Blues boss Phil Brown was pleased with his side’s footballing display against Queen’s Park Rangers, but says they must work on set pieces before the start of the season next weekend.

Two of QPR’s goals came from set pieces, and despite having worked on them to some extent already, he says the final week before the season will be vital for getting his team all set for the season opener.

Phil said: “I thought we played some good football but we let ourselves down by conceding from two set pieces.

"That said though it was a good test against a good side and we handled the situation quite well in the main.

“It’s something we’ve worked on but we’ll work on it more over the next week before the season starts next weekend.

“I think the fans saw that we’re going to try and play some good football this season which is promising and we’ll have another game to show them that against West Ham on Monday night.”

Brown was really impressed by the standard of the surface at Roots Hall and paid testament to the work of the groundsman and his team.

He added: “I have to say, the surface out there was absolutely fantastic, the ground staff here have worked extremely hard and it’s looking in great shape.

“That should be conducive to good football which is a big bonus so hopefully over the next three home games we can show more of that.” 

Phil was also pleased with his side’s work rate coming off the back of a game in Madrid just 48 hours earlier, adding: “I thought we worked really hard throughout the game, we didn’t let them have too much time on the ball at all.

“Harry Redknapp came in after the game to congratulate us on our performance which was nice, but as I’ve said the set pieces let us down a little bit tonight.”

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