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Brown: We did enough to win the game

18 February 2014

Phil Brown frustrated as Blues held to a 1-1 draw by Hartlepool United at Roots Hall

Phil Brown felt his side had done enough to win the game, as Hartlepool United took a point away from Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

Blues’ boss was pleased with the attitude and commitment of his side and felt they deserved to beat Colin Cooper’s team.

But he was frustrated as Blues were unable to find a winning goal, despite seeing three efforts cleared off the line.

He said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve not won the game but in the end with us going for it, they may have snatched it.

“They’ve come looking for the win and I thought it was a decent game of football.

“We weren’t at it in the last couple of games but we’ve seen the character of the changing room this evening.

“We deserved to be leading the game at half-time and had played with a real intensity and hunger.

“That carried over to the second-half, but then they score an absolute world class goal.

“It was very similar to the one on Saturday in that it was the only place he could score and that’s what he did.

“I was gutted for the lads because they’ve worked hard but they continued after that and showed real commitment and the right attitude.”

Brown was pleased to see Barry Corr get back among the goals, and was also pleased with the impact of Anthony Straker.

He added: “It was great to see Barry get his goal. Kevan Hurst came over to the other side well and it was a good cross.

“Barry took it confidently and that’ll be a big boost for him, but it’s shame he couldn’t get another to win the game.

“Strakes hasn’t trained as much as the rest recently due to the birth of his first child, but I knew he’d start the game well.

“I knew he’d play well because it has been a big week or so for him, but I felt he was tiring towards the end.

“Freddy came on for his 200th appearance in the hope a ball would fall to him in the box, but he couldn’t quite find a chance.” 

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