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Brown: Two teams full of confidence

24 October 2013

Blues' boss looking forward to facing Newport County on Saturday

Phil Brown is looking to his first visit to Newport County in more than 30 years when Blues travel to Rodney Parade on Saturday.

The last time Brown faced Newport was as a player, and now as manager of Blues, he’s expecting a tough test against the side who were promoted last season.

Justin Edinburgh’s side currently sit two places above Blues on goal difference with both sides having picked up 20 points from their opening 13 games, and Brown says the league will begin to take shape over the next few weeks.

He said: “I’m glad we’re playing Newport and Mansfield (next Friday at Roots Hall) now rather than at the start of the season. Promoted teams are always on the crest of a wave and make a big start to the season.

“Newport did exactly that but we’re now facing them at a time in the season when the league starts to take shape. Possibly not as much yet this season as it’s still so tight.

“That’s why it’s very important to get back to winning ways. Right now, I’d probably be happy with four points from these next two games, but if we’re sitting with three on Saturday evening we’ll want six.

“They are a good side who play some good football and as I say, will be full of belief that they can get promoted again. Despite defeat on Tuesday, the players really are playing with confidence so it’s going to be a good game of football.”

Brown is undecided who will come in for John White, while a decision will have to be made depending on Mark Phillips’ appeal against his red card.

The boss added: “We will have to make one change that’s for sure, but I don’t want to disrupt things too much because we’re doing well at the moment.

“Ryan Leonard stepped in on Tuesday night when we went down to ten men but he’s done really well in the midfield role. We could well see a debut from Ryan Auger, but we’ll have to see over the next couple of days.”

Brown also adds Freddy Eastwood is not 100% fit at present, and while Barry Corr is playing his part, the striker will have to make an impact off the bench.

He added: “Freddy breathed life into us on Tuesday night but at the moment we’re trying to get him back to where he was at the start of the season. The knee injury is still there and he’s not 100%.

“Barry Corr is doing well at the moment to hold the ball up and in that number nine role. It was tougher on Tuesday because we went down to ten-men, but I’ve been pleased with his already team play.”

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