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Brown: Bring on the second round

9 November 2013

Phil Brown delighted as Blues progress to the second round of the FA Cup

Phil Brown was delighted with his side as they progressed to the second round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win against Morecambe.

It was Brown’s first cup win as Blues boss and he says that attitude of the players shows just how much they want a cup run this season.

He was also delighted to settle the score with Morecambe after two defeats since his arrival to Jim Bentley’s side.

He said: “It was a fantastic start. It’s a wonderful story actually. I spoke to a fan at Roots Hall before we left and they said they had £50 on Anthony Straker to get a hat-trick.

“He got two in quick succession today and put us in a fantastic position so it’s just a shame he couldn’t get that third goal.

“But it was a terrific performance from the players. We played with a high intensity in that first half and got the rewards.

“Then in the second Morecambe attacked and got at us but we did really well to keep another clean sheet.

“I think the players showed how much they want a cup run today and we’ll all look forward to the second round draw.”

The quick start may have been down to Blues getting the train to today’s game, but Brown says he just wants to approach every game in a professional manner.

He added: “We got the train today but it’s all about the preparation and I felt that it was important we mixed it up.

“It paid off of course today as we made an excellent start to the game.”

Brown was also thrilled with his midfield trio. He added: “I would have liked the game to have been put to bed earlier but I was very pleased to see Lenny grab a goal.

“There was a really good balance in midfield today with Michael Timlin’s left foot and all three played a part in each goal which is great.

“They also did their defensive jobs really well when Morecambe got at us in the second half and everyone dealt with them well.”

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