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Brown: A worthwhile exercise

20 July 2013

Blues boss pleased with side's performance against Leyton Orient

Blues boss Phil Brown says the friendly against Leyton Orient proved to be a ‘worthwhile exercise’.

Brown included five trialists and four youngsters in his starting line-up, with only Luke Prosser and Chris Barker of the starting XI being experienced senior pros at the club.

Despite a shaky start, and falling 3-1 behind midway through the second-half, Blues fought back to earn a respectable 3-3 draw against a very strong Orient side.

The manager was please with the work ethic of his side once again and says he’ll be taking a look at a couple of the trialists out in Madrid.

He said: “It was a very worthwhile exercise for a number of reasons today.

“It was difficult for the boys out there today because we had six trialists feature and then a couple of seniors and about six of seven youngsters.

“The key thing today was the fitness for those lads and they all worked extremely hard against a good Orient side.

“They came with their first team and when they went 3-1 up I was a little bit worried but they all showed excellent character to get back into the game.

“We started a bit all over the place really but we swapped Aaron Tatham and Luke Prosser around and we were much better after that.

“A couple of the trialists will travel to Madrid with us so we can assess them more closely over a four day period.

“But I was pleased with what I saw out there today and what was important is that we didn’t lose the game and everyone’s fitness levels will have improved.”

The travelling squad will be announced on the official website tomorrow.

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