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Brown: A lack of character & resistance

8 October 2013

Phil Brown disappointed his players failed to kick on after taking a 2-1 lead against the Daggers before falling to defeat

Phil Brown was disappointed his players failed to kick on having gone 2-1 up early in the second-half against Dagenham & Redbridge as they crashed to a 5-2 defeat in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.  

Brown felt his side failed to show any ‘character and resistance’ to see the game out having taken the lead against the Daggers.

He said: “We will watch the footage from tonight long and hard into tomorrow and look at what we need to address.

“We got ourselves in very good position early in the second-half. I thought we edged the first-half but we were maybe just lacking a little bit in the final third.

“Cauley came on and provided that. He got two very good goals and I thought at that stage we’d go on to win the game comfortably.

“We found ourselves a goal down at half-time though but that change helped us and gave us a lead in the game.

“Cauley could have grabbed a third but he went with his chest not his head and the chance had gone.

“Then you are looking at character and resistance and we didn’t show any of that.

“The first bit of pressure was self-inflicted and they scored from that, and then we conceded three more in a short space of time that killed the game off.

“That’s the most disappointing part for us. You can talk about individual errors but I’m not going to bemoan them because it is going to happen.

“We need to try and eradicate them mistakes and then we’ll win games of football.

“We’ve got to watch the footage now from this game and prepare for the trip to Burton Albion on Friday.”

Brown is also already considering his defensive options for that game having seen Luke Prosser pick up a yellow card that means he will now serve a one game ban.

He added: “Luke picked up a yellow card which is a shame and means we’ll have to look at our shape and formation for Saturday now.

“It could see a change in the way we protect the back four because we’ll have to move it around but we’ve got a few days to work on that now.”

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