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Brown: Time to get back to basics

17 February 2014

Phil Brown wants Blues to get back to picking up clean sheets after conceding five in their last two games

Phil Brown says Blues need to get ‘back to basics’ as they look to get back to winning ways in League 2 following two defeats on the bounce.

Blues have conceded five goals in their last two games, and Brown is looking for his side to pick up a clean sheet, along with a good performance when his former club visit.

With the gap between Blues and Hartlepool at six points, with a game in hand, Brown says it is a real six pointer.

He said: “I’m a manager that is more than happy to win every game 1-0, so it’s been very frustrating in the last couple of games, conceding five goals.

“We have been built on a solid defence for much of the season, so it’s disappointing, and we’ll be working hard at training on Monday, working on our shape.

“We need to try and get back to basics. We’ve done very well for a lot of this season playing the way we know best, and it’s paid off, so we need to get back to that.

“Hartlepool have picked up their form and have done well. My scout came back on Saturday and said it was never a 3-0 win though, but again, it’s a clean sheet that they’ve built from.

“Having closed the gap on us, it’s a big game and a six pointer for us in terms of moving clear of the rest. That said, we’re still looking at the six teams above us rather than the ones below.”

Brown will be without Luke Prosser for another game due to his calf injury, but Anthony Straker comes back into his thoughts after his partner gave birth to their first child on Saturday morning, while Barry Corr was back in training on Monday.

Brown added: “We’ll be without Luke for Tuesday which is a shame, but Adam Thompson and Mark Phillips have the opportunity to step up and help us get back to picking up clean sheets.

“Anthony has had a mental last week or so with his partner giving birth to their first child on Saturday, but he’s firmly in my mind for Tuesday night now.

“Barry came off on Saturday and had an ice pack on his knee, but we were all in Sunday and he is expected to be in training on Monday ahead of the game.”

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