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Brown: An uncharacteristic display

26 October 2013

Phil Brown bemoans his side's performance as they lose 3-1 at Newport County

Phil Brown admitted his side had suffered an off day as they were beaten 3-1 by Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

Blues suffered only their third defeat of the season away from home as the League 2 newcomers proved too strong on the day.

And while Brown was impressed with Justin Edinburgh’s side, he said his side had put in an uncharacteristic display.

“I was impressed with Newport, they played some good football and are on the crest of a wave at the moment,” he said.

“We’re going to face that challenge again against Mansfield Town on Friday night but we’ve got to do better than we did at Newport.

“It was a disappointing performance today from us. It wasn’t like us at all but Newport played the conditions a lot better than we did.

“The second goal on the stroke of half-time knocked the stuffing out of us and then the third goal killed off the game.

“We had got ourselves level just before the break with a brilliant free-kick from Ben Coker but we showed naivety to allow them to score again before half-time.”

Brown felt his side’s lack of experience had told on the day, with both John White and Mark Phillips missing through suspension.

The manager also said Freddy Eastwood will be looked at on Monday after missing the game at Rodney Parade.

He added: “Our inexperience told, that’s for sure. I don’t think you realise until it’s not there, but missing your club captain, and a very experienced central defender is going to be harder.

“Dan Bentley was the one positive of today. The defence and midfield struggled to contain Newport at times but he pulled off some tremendous saves to keep us in the game.

“When you’ve got a young side you need that but unfortunately it didn’t inspire us to kick on and get back in the game.

“With Freddy also missing it was tough, because he’s full of experience. He got injured on Friday in training so we’ll assess him on Monday morning ahead of the Mansfield game.”

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