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Brown hints at changes for Morecambe

5 September 2013

Manager says he may shuffle the pack for the visit of Morecambe

Blues boss Phil Brown has said he may make a couple of changes to his side for the visit of Morecambe this weekend.

Following two away defeats, Brown has suggested he may look to mix things up when Jim Bentley’s side visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Having seen Kevan Hurst and Michael Timlin get another 70 minutes under their belts on Tuesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly, Brown says the two midfielders are close to earning a recall.

He said: “That’s the importance of these friendlies behind closed doors behind they give people who haven’t been playing as much the chance to keep their fitness and show what they can do.

“Both Michael and Kevan played 70 minutes against Oxford United on Tuesday and have been pushing for a start. I think we had to hold Michael back slightly, just to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit.

“They were both big players last season but we started the season well and it’s sometimes difficult to change things. But having lost two in a row there’s a chance we could make changes for Morecambe.

“Kevan did well when he came on against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, and we all know what Michael brings to the table.”

Brown is also hopeful that defender Mark Phillips, who has missed the last three matches, will be available for selection on Saturday.

He said: “Mark has been in training so we’re hopeful that he’ll be involved against Morecambe on Saturday.

“He has been a big miss really. He’s got a lot of experience and when we’ve got a young side that’s important.

“We lost two games without him in the side and the two league games he has played in we’ve kept clean sheets. Hopefully he’ll be available to play some part.”

Brown also believes the signing of Cauley Woodrow will strengthen his attacking options for the visit of the Shrimps. He added: “Cauley has come in and been very bright in training which is positive.

“He’ll provide some very good competition for places in attack. He’s a goalscorer and I’ve been very impressed with his attitude. There’s nothing to stop him from having a big say on the outcome of Saturday’s game.”

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