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Brown: Another collective display needed

28 March 2014

Phil Brown after more of the same on Saturday following Monday night's excellent win against Oxford United

Phil Brown says Blues’ home form could be the difference between a place in the play-offs and just missing out.

Blues have four home games left, with Torquay United next up on Saturday, and Brown believes those four games will have a big say on where his side finish.

After Monday night’s win against Oxford United in front of 6,000 at Roots Hall, Brown is hoping to make it back-to-back victories on Saturday.

He said: “Three or four games ago, we were speaking about home form and we had six at home and four away, now it’s down to four at home and three away.

“The four games at Roots Hall will be very important in deciding the outcome of our season.

“The supporters have been absolutely magnificent. The winless run was tough on them, just as much as it was the players.

“But it’s a credit to every single supporter that they’ve come through that spell with us and watched us get back to winning ways on Monday night.

“Everyone gets down when results aren’t going your way, but we’ve got to bring our best game to the party on the pitch again on Saturday.

“I’m sure the supporters will do the same. Nothing will give me greater pleasure than back-to-back home wins.”

Blues have lost just once at home since October in the league – losing 3-2 to Exeter City back in February – but they lost 1-0 at Torquay United earlier in the season.

With the Gulls still fighting for survival, Brown knows Blues will be in for a tough game – but says every club between now and the end of the season will be fighting for something.

For his side, that’s the play-offs, and he added: “Teams in every division and in every position in each division are fighting for something and need to produce the quality now.

“Torquay are a side who are fighting at the foot of the table but that doesn’t mean it will be an easy game. Far from it in fact, as we saw when we went to Plainmoor earlier in the season.

“At home though we’ve won eight games this season and have lost just once there in recent months, so our home form has been good.

“The performance on Monday night was a collective one. Everyone was at their best and we’ll need that again on Saturday.”

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