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Brown: Be at our best defensively

21 October 2013

Blues boss says his side will have to be at their best against a potent attacking force in Dagenham & Redbridge

His side may have the best defensive record in League 2, but Phil Brown says Blues will have to be at their best defensively to shut out Dagenham & Redbridge and make it four straight wins in the league.

The Daggers hit five the last time they were at Roots Hall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but Blues have not conceded in their last three league games, and have kept six clean sheets already this season.

Blues’ boss watched Wayne Burnett’s side draw 2-2 with Northampton Town on Saturday, and he’s expecting another tough test.

He said: “I went to watch Dagenham & Redbridge against Northampton Town on Saturday and they deserved the three points in my opinion.

“They went a goal behind but showed character to score two quick goals and led 2-1 at half-time. They switched off to concede in the second-half and ended up drawing the game.

“I think the side that they had there on Saturday will be very close to what they go with on Tuesday night and that will mean we’ve had an extra day to rest.

“We may see the advantage of that as the game progresses on Tuesday. We need to make sure we stay in the game, and then use the extra rest to push on.

“Their front four are very dangerous. Rhys Murphy and Zavon Hines are both in good form and are very potent in front of goal. The front four have the freedom to move about and roam.

“We will have to be mindful of that and be at our best defensively to make sure we shut them out and keep up our clean sheet run.”

The defeat to the Daggers in the JPT sticks out in Brown’s mind, despite three straight wins in the league, and he’s determined to level the scores on Tuesday night.

“It’s been three excellent wins in the league but that defeat to Wayne’s side sticks out in my mind,” he said.

“That mad ten minutes cost us and we’ve got the chance to put that right on Tuesday when we welcome them in the league.

“The division is so tight at the moment and I’m not surprised. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs but we’ve got momentum at the moment and we need to keep that.

“If we can get the points on the board now it will be a huge benefit come the end of the season. There’s a long way to go but every win is crucial.”

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