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Brown: Back to the main priority

10 January 2014

Phil Brown says Blues are heading back to the 'bread and butter' of the season at Plymouth Argyle

Phil Brown says it’s back to the main priority of the season as Blues head back to League 2 with a long trip to Plymouth Argyle.

While Blues are still in the FA Cup, and a game against Premier League side Hull City is just two weeks away, Brown says this is the ‘bread and butter’.

And with Plymouth having picked up their form since a tricky opening couple of months to the season, Brown is well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.

He said: It’s a well used phrased, the bread and butter, but quite simply we’re back to basics, the humdrum, the bog standard, mundane week-to-week activity.

“But it’s very exciting at the moment for us, it’s not mundane, because we’re in excellent form, we’re at the right end of the division and we’re getting back round to facing teams again.

“There was real excitement prior to the Plymouth game with the season getting underway, and it feels exactly the same now, it feels exciting.

“That win set us off and running for the season and it’s always nice to get them three points under your belt.

“John is getting his way and points of view across to a new team. They are now a really dangerous team having found some real form.

“They had a hard time of things at the start of the season, but they’ve turned it around and we’re coming up against a side in good form with lots of confidence.

“They have a very potent strike force and they’ve just signed Jason Banton who is a very good player – someone we looked into signing. So we’re going to have to be very switched on.

“We need to bring the kind of form we showed against Millwall and Portsmouth into this game and I’m sure the players will do just that.”

Brown will be without captain John White for the game, and he’s not decided who will replace him at right-back, or who will take the captain’s armband.

He added: “Losing John is a big blow for us because he’s our captain and has been performing very well this season. I think he has only missed one or two games this season.

“We have got some options at right-back so I’ll make a decision on Friday and we’ll work on it during training in the build-up to the game.

“I think I may surprise one or two with the captaincy. I’ve not decided yet but there’s a lot of the players who could take the captain’s armband because of their recent performances.”

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