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Brown: Confident the goals will come

31 October 2013

Phil Brown says Blues are still creating enough chances despite finding it tough in front of goal in recent weeks

Phil Brown says the goals will come for his side as they head into their home game against Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League 2 on Friday night.

Blues have found the back of the net 15 times so far this season in their 14 league games, while Mansfield Town have conceded just 12 this season.

Despite Mansfield’s strong defensive record and Blues’ failure to find the back of the net more often, he’s confident his side can get back to winning ways against Paul Cox’s side.

He said: “You need players to step up to the plate and in the last Friday night game against Fleetwood Town at home, Barry Corr did exactly that.

“It’s frustrating to have our top goalscorer on the treatment table at the moment, but the likes of Barry and Cauley Woodrow are still getting chances. It’s not like we’re not creating any, we’ve just got to try and take them.

“We have got to try and find the back of the net a bit more often, but we’re coming up against a solid defensive side in Mansfield Town.

“We’ll have to be patient, play our football and try to break them down. The goals will come if we can do that.

“Already this season teams have come to set up shop and made it difficult for us to break them down, but it’s our responsibility to do that.

“Cauley is playing well and I think once he finds the back of the net once in the league, he’ll go on a run. He’s a confident lad and he’s here to get Football League experience. We’ve all been impressed with his attitude and his work rate for the team.”

Brown is looking forward to welcoming his captain John White back to the starting line-up on Friday evening. He added: “He’s a captain on the pitch and off the pitch and it will be great to have his experience back in the side on Friday.

“Ryan Auger came in for his debut and it was a tough first fixture for him but he did well. At Newport we maybe lacked the experience in defence and John provides that.”

Marc Laird and Adam Thompson may also both be available for selection. Brown added: “Marc has trained this week and could well be in contention to play some part in the game.

“We’re hoping Adam comes through a session today (Thursday). If he does, both will be wanting to be involved to some extent which is good for us.

“Freddy Eastwood unfortunately probably won’t make tomorrow and may well be out for a couple of weeks. He gives everyone around the place a boost and no-one more than myself wants to see him back out on the training pitch.”

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