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Brown happy with Blues display

29 March 2013

Blues boss pleased with what he saw during his first game in charge

Phil Brown declared himself pleased with what he had seen as Blues drew 2-2 with Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Despite taking a 2-0 advantage into half-time, the hosts fought back to earn themselves a point.

Brown though believes that the character, attitude and quality shown by his players in the draw gives him a lot to build on for the remaining games of the season.

He said: “The players showed an excellent attitude and we played some very good football, especially in that first-half.

“Bradford are a good side, both sides showed good quality on a difficult pitch, there’s a lot to take away from the game.

“I was speaking to Graham Coughlan on Thursday night about 2-0 leads and at half-time I told the players not to panic because if the score stayed the same we would win.

“But they got an early goal in the second-half, a very well taken goal, and that gave the whole crowd a huge lift.

“We had some chances at 2-1, Tam hitting the post was probably the main one, and if we had regained that two-goal advantage the noise from the crowd would’ve dropped and I think we would have held on.

“It wasn’t to be though and they got a late goal. Even with that goal Luke Prosser nearly breaks his back trying to keep it out.

“It’s that mentality and attitude that we need in every game, but we showed it today and I was pleased with the performance.”

Brown handed Ryan Cresswell the captain’s armband in the absence of Club captain Chris Barker, but says Blues have a number of leaders out on the pitch.

He added: “I went with Ryan as captain today. I spoke to three players and told them the opportunity was there with Chris Barker out.

“It’s great to have three players who can all be considered for captain, but Ryan did very well today and led the team very well.

“We’ve got a couple of days now before the game against Fleetwood and we will need more of the same on Monday.”

An interview with Phil will be available on Blues Player tonight.

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