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Friendly: Strikers to get game time

4 February 2014

Lee Barnard and Freddy Eastwood in line to feature against West Ham United

Lee Barnard and Freddy Eastwood will both play some part in today’s behind-closed-doors friendly with West Ham United.

With Barnard making his first start of the season on Friday against Newport, and Freddy having been mainly a substitute since his return from injury, it’s a chance for both to get game time.

And Blues’ boss Phil Brown is hoping both impress.

He said: ““I think Lee and Freddy are both in need of games and this is the perfect opportunity for that to happen,” said the Blues boss.

“When I look at Lee at the moment I can see his brain is still very sharp but his legs aren’t quite there at the moment.

“We need to give him minutes on the pitch for that to happen and our plan with him was to slowly build things up starting with Dagenham, Newport and now West Ham.

“This game is going to be priceless for him really and it would be great if he could last the whole 90 minutes against what is going to be a strong Premier League side.

“We’ll also be starting with Freddy and it’s an important afternoon for him as well.”

Eastwood came on to impress against Newport County on Friday night, and Brown is hoping for more of the same in today’s friendly.

“Freddy did very well when he came on and showed he can play that role up front on his own,” said Brown.

“He’s fired up to do well and we’re looking to get 75 minutes out of him against West Ham.

“We’ll be taking a strong side as well because it’s a good opportunity for us to get on a good surface and have a good work-out.”

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