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Brown: An excellent exercise

4 February 2014

Phil Brown on the friendly win against West Ham United

Phil Brown was grateful to West Ham and Sam Allardyce after Blues enjoyed a behind-closed-doors friendly against the Hammers on Tuesday afternoon.

Jack Payne scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, but the exercise for a number of key first team players was the most important thing for Brown.

He said: “I have to say a big thank you to Sam Allardyce because not only did we have a game, he also allowed us to train there too.

“We’ve not been able to do much training on the grass at Boots & Laces in recent weeks so it was great to be able to do so.

“The game itself was a worthwhile exercise with a number of players getting some good game time under their belt.

“Dan Bentley insisted he wanted to play some part, so he and Ted Smith played 45 minutes each.

“John White also got some more game time under his belt on his return from injury, while Adam Thompson was partnered at centre back by Luke Prosser and then Mark Phillips.

“Ben Coker also played some part in defence, while in midfield three players got some really important minutes.

“Conor Clifford, Marc Laird and Bedsente Gomis all played 75 minutes which was excellent for them.

“Jack Payne played just in behind Lee Barnard and Freddy Eastwood and they all linked up well.

“Freddy’s play on the ball was good, while Lee’s movement was very promising throughout the game.

“Jack also did well and got another good goal at a good level.”

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