Manager wants Blues to build on the draw at Bury with a win on Friday against Bristol Rovers
Phil Brown is expecting a tough test against Bristol Rovers on Friday night, but believes his side will build on last weekend’s draw against Bury.
On reflection, Brown was pleased to end the losing run against Bury, despite conceding a late equaliser, and he’s now confident his side can get back to winning ways.
He’s expecting a good footballing test against John Ward’s Bristol Rovers who have also been suffering a dip in form of late; without a win in four games.
Brown said: “John Ward has been around the game a long time and knows Bristol Rovers very well. They try to play football the right way.
“We watched Bristol Rovers earlier in the season against Bristol City and they’ve got a good energy about them.
“They have got the right type of players to play good football, including the likes of midfielder Oliver Norburn.
“Both teams are out to arrest the form they’ve been in so I’m expecting a good game of football.”
Brown has made no secret of the fact he looked to get Rovers midfielder John-Joe O’Toole to Roots Hall this summer,
He added: “John-Joe is a midfielder who I admire. We made no secret of the fact we were interested in him this summer.
“He’s been playing at this level at in the division above for a while with Colchester United and he’s a good player, so we’ll have to make sure we’re alert to the danger his poses.”
Ben Coker will miss Friday night’s game, and while Brown is disappointed, his absence will give someone else a chance.
He said: “Ben will be a big miss, he’s been very good for us so far this season.
“But whoever I decide to bring in for him will have the chance to impress and cause me a headache.
“I want to have a settled side and be able to pick my best XI, but there’s always going to be suspensions and injuries throughout the season, it’s all about how you deal with them.”