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Brown: Good week on training ground

6 February 2014

Phil Brown pleased with work done on the training ground this week with no midweek game after three matches in six days

Phil Brown says the week of work on the training ground, rather than a midweek fixture has been a positive for Blues, ahead of their game away to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

There was a friendly in midweek that got some players important game time, as Blues won 1-0 against West Ham, but the week of work has been a big boost according to the boss.

After three games in six days last week, Brown says maybe the lack of quality and composure in front of goal was down to slight fatigue.

He said: “We had three big games last week and two of those were at home on a very heavy pitch which might’ve taken it out the players.

“We have always worked hard this season and maybe by the end of it against Newport there was some tiredness in the camp.

“That may have shown in terms of the composure and cutting edge in the final third that I spoke about after the game.”

“But having had a week to get ready and prepare for the trip to Mansfield has been great and we’ve been able to work on some important things.

Brown has been very pleased with the work done in training this week, and also thanked West Ham United for allowing Blues to train at their place on Tuesday morning.

“That was partly thanks to West Ham, firstly for the friendly, and secondly allowing us to train there with the players not involved,” he added.

“It has been tough to do any work in recent weeks but Tuesday was a great opportunity and we benefitted a lot from it.

“This week has been good and we’ve still got two important training sessions before Saturday’s game.

“We will be heading up on the train to this one on the Saturday, so we’ve got a full day Friday on the training pitch too.”

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