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Brown pleased with Blues' progress

16 July 2013

Manager is happy with how his side's fitness levels are progressing ahead of the new season

Phil Brown says he is pleased with the progress his side are making following the 1-1 friendly draw with Chelmsford City.

Despite defeat to Braintree Town and a draw with Chelmsford, Phil was keen to stress how results aren’t important this pre-season.

And with Blues set to jet off to Monday for a training camp and friendly against Real Madrid C, Brown is happy with how his side’s fitness levels are progressing.

Speaking following the Chelmsford game, Brown said: “Nine of the players got through 90 minutes and that’s good to see.

“We played some good stuff in the first-half and kept possession well but I think they tired slightly in the last ten minutes and Chelmsford came back into it.

“It was the sort of game I was expecting and players from both sides didn’t step out of a challenge. If we can take that attitude into the first game against Plymouth Argyle I’m sure we’ll be fine.

“The Madrid trip is up next and that will be a good experience for the players, it’ll be nice to just change the day-to-day surroundings slightly.

“It’s going to be even hotter over there than it has been here in the last week or so and the players will work extremely hard.

“We’ll come back from Madrid with another game under our belts against Real Madrid C which will be a great test and we’ll then head in to friendlies with QPR and West Ham.

“I’m confident the players will be ready for that first game against Plymouth after those fixtures, that’s what all this is building towards and it’s getting closer and closer now.”

An interview with Phil Brown is available on Blues Player.

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