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Brown: Let's make it a definitive gap

27 January 2014

Phil Brown on the week ahead, and trying to open up a gap between Blues and the teams outside the play-offs.

Phil Brown says Blues have a great opportunity to open up a gap between themselves and eighth place with two big games this week.

Blues face Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night before welcoming Newport County to Roots Hall on Friday evening.

While Blues’ boss doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the week ahead by saying it could define the season, he’s hoping his side can increase the points difference between themselves and the teams outside the play-offs.

He said: “We gave a good account of ourselves against Hull City on Saturday in the FA Cup and I think everyone enjoyed the occasion and the build up to the game.

“But it is back to the main priority from the start of the season and that’s promotion to League 1. The cup run was great, but this has always been the most important.

“There’s a bit of a gap starting to open up now between the top seven and the others and we’ve got to try and take advantage of that this week.

“It is a big week for us but I don’t want to put the players under too much pressure. They know what they need to do.

“I’m not saying the top seven is now sorted, but it is up to us to go on and push away from eighth place and the others.

“Newport and Dagenham are two teams that are in and around those places just outside, so it’s two massive games for us.”

Blues are yet to beat either side this season, but Brown believes confidence and momentum can play a big factor this week.

He said: “We haven’t had the best of luck against these two sides so far, they are both good teams and we will need to be at our best.

“We had a mad ten minute spell against the Daggers in the cup which cost us and a man sent off in the game at home in the league.

“Newport was one of our poorest performances, but if we can get the wins against both these sides it will have been a very important week in our season.”

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