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Brown: Pleased with friendly victory

1 October 2013

Boss happy to see his players get back that winning feeling against Colchester United

Phil Brown was pleased with what he saw as a strong side beat Colchester United in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.

Goals from John White, Cauley Woodrow, Conor Clifford and a Barry Corr brace helped Blues to a 5-1 win away from home.

Blues’ boss was pleased with the exercise and delighted to see his players get that winning feeling back ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oxford United.

He said: “There were a number of reasons why I decided to take a strong side to Colchester. I spoke to Joe before and he had no problem with us doing so.

“It could have backfired, that’s for sure, but it didn’t and the lads all put in a good display and worked hard.

“By playing in this it’s a little bit different to just working on the training pitch every day. It’s good to get out of the routine sometimes.

“The players will gain confidence from today and it’s given them that winning feeling again that I hope we take into Oxford United on Saturday.

“One or two of the lads lost their way slightly in the last couple of games, but that run out will certainly have helped them.”

Brown was pleased to see strikers Woodrow and Corr get back among the goals, and was especially pleased with Craig Reid’s performance.

He added: “Craig put in an excellent performance today. He worked with both Barry and Cauley in either half and did really well.

“We have had conversations of course about why he isn’t getting the chances like the other three, but he’s certainly given me something to think about for Saturday.”

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