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Brown previews Fleetwood Town

31 March 2013

Manager hopes having 24 extra hours to prepare for the Fleetwood game will help his side

Phil Brown wants Blues to use the extra day rest they have had compared to Fleetwood to their advantage when the two sides meet at Roots Hall on Monday.

Blues face Bradford City at 3pm on Good Friday while Fleetwood played league leaders Gillingham at 3pm on Saturday.

Brown says his side must use that extra 24 hours rest to their advantage on Monday at Roots Hall, but he is fully aware of the options Graham Alexander has available to him.

Speaking after the Bradford game, Brown said: “We will have two days now to recover and then prepare for Fleetwood on Monday.

“They play Saturday which means they will have had 24 hours less to prepare for the game which we must use to our advantage.

“There’s no denying that it can be a factor but we must make that be the case when we face them.

“I actually spent some time with Graham when I was out of the game and watched one of his training sessions.

“He had about 28 players out there training so if he wanted to he could potentially field two completely different teams.

“We had 18 fit players for the game at Bradford so we’ve still got four or five on the treatment table.

“Both sides will more than likely have to rotate because it’s two games in such quick succession.”

Brown hopes Blues can excite the home crowd with their performance against a Fleetwood side also harboring hopes of a late surge for a play-off spot.

“Fleetwood are a good side and there’s no doubt it’s going to be another tough test,” Brown added.

“I’d like us to put in a performance that lifts the home crowd and really gets them behind the team.

“I think in that first-half especially at Bradford we did excite the tremendous following that had come to watch.

“We need more of the same on Monday against Fleetwood and hopefully if we do that it will be a big three points.

“I’m looking forward to my first home game in charge. It’s also important that we pick up three points to give us confidence for the next game at Wembley.”

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