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Brown: The grinding result of the season

21 April 2014

Brown delighted as Blues grind out a vital win against Accrington Stanley

Manager Phil Brown was delighted to see his side follow up the result of the season with the grind of the season, as they beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 at Roots Hall.

Blues beat Rochdale 3-0 away from home on Friday, and while it was, according to Brown, their best performance of the season, the result was huge.

Once again the result was massive on Easter Monday as Barry Corr scored the only goal of the game, and Brown praised his side’s ability to grind out the win.

He said: “It was a test of character but the game was a little bit flat in all honesty and we had to wait for that one chance when we got it.

“I said to the players that Friday was our result of the season, not maybe the performance of the season, but certainly our best result.

“We followed that up with the grind of the season. I take my hat off to Accrington for the way they battle and they really gave us a good game of football.

“They won headers, won tackles and won second balls just as often as we did and that made for an exciting, anxious second-half.

“You have to step up to the plate when there is pressure on you, and there was, but the players reacted magnificently and dug out the win.”

Brown was delighted to see striker Barry Corr notch the winner, with his 11th of the season, but admits he aged in the final stages as Blues couldn’t find a second goal.

He added: “We had numerous chances in the last 15-20 minutes playing on the counter attack and we probably should have taken one of them.

“It’s one of the reasons I’m showing signs of age. It was nerve wracking right up until the end, but we can start looking forward to the play-offs.

“Barry’s come back into the side and has scored three goals in four games, which is great form at the right end of the season.

“There’s three strikers on the bench all hungry for a chance and it’s good that we’ve got them options available to us.”

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