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Brown: A tough place to go

7 February 2014

Phil Brown on Blues' trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday

Despite Mansfield not having won at home since September, Blues boss Phil Brown won’t be taking his side’s trip to the One Call Stadium lightly.

Mansfield’s poor form at home has seen the drop down the table after a promising start, while Blues are unbeaten in 2014.

But Brown is expecting another tough test and insists preparation will be key ahead of the game.

He said: “It’s a tough place to go, it’s quite hostile with a tight pitch and we will need to be at our best.

“We faced them earlier in the season at Roots Hall and put in a really positive performance.

“The performance will be key again on Saturday. If we get that right then I’m sure we can get a positive result.

“We’re getting the train up so we’ll have Friday at the training ground too. We’ve prepared properly.

“We won’t be taking anything for granted. It’s a big game because we’re still looking to open up this gap.”

Brown is also contemplating changes in midfield, having been impressed by Conor Clifford, Marc Laird and Bedsente Gomis during the friendly at West Ham on Tuesday.

Barry Corr should also be fit for the game, while a late decision will be made on defender Luke Prosser after his operation on Thursday.

Brown added: “We have three games in six days but we’ve had a break and now it’s up to me to decide whether to make changes.

“January was a busy time for us, especially with our exploits in the FA Cup against Millwall and Hull City. 

“The midfield three at West Ham all pulled up trees and they are certainly in my thinking for Saturday.

“It’s tough to make changes having seen the team be so consistent in recent weeks.

“We will have to wait and see how Luke is on Friday and Saturday morning because of the operation.

“Barry is back fit and available after he had double vision against Newport, and that’s great news.”

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