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Brown: Alert to Exeter system changes

15 November 2013

Phil Brown says Blues will have to be alert at Exeter City

Phil Brown says his side will have to be alert to Exeter City’s ever-changing formations when they visit St James Park this weekend.

Brown has watched footage of Exeter’s recent performances and has been surprised by how often they switch formation during the course of a game.

Despite that, Brown says he’ll continue to play the 4-3-3 formation that has served Blues so well in recent weeks. 
He said: “We’ve watched them and I was surprised at how many formations that they have adapted to. They played 3-4-3, 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 all in one game.

“We’ll have to be very alert to make sure we know what formation they’ve adapted to, but we’ll be playing our 4-3-3 system that has served us well in recent weeks.

“The whole team are working extremely hard and it’s paying off. Kevan Hurst and Anthony Straker are providing chances for the rest of the team, and getting on the scoresheet themselves.

“Barry Corr is doing such a good job as the sole striker, working the channels and holding the ball up to bring the midfielders in to play.

“The midfield three and functioning very well and with Will Atkinson and Michael Timlin breaking into the box I’m sure more goals will come from then.

“Ryan Leonard is pulling up trees in the holding midfield role and the back five are keeping clean sheets and look very organised, so there’s no reason for us to go away from home and sit back.

“We may have to soak up pressure for ten minutes or so at times but we’ll be going to Exeter City on Saturday to win the game and make it three wins in a row.”

Brown is also looking forward to coming up against one of English football’s longest serving managers in Paul Tisdale, who has been with Exeter since June 2006.

He added: “It will be interesting. I think you need three or four transfer windows before you’ve got your side and Paul has certainly had that. He’s been with Exeter a long time and it’s refreshing to see that.

“We’re still very much trying to get our messages across to the players, some of whom were here under Paul Sturrock, but we’re certainly getting there as recent performances would suggest.”

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