Phil Brown says he's confident in his players' abilities and attitude to turn this form around
Blues boss Phil Brown says he has the utmost belief in his players to turn their fortunes around heading into the final 12 games of the season.
Brown understands some of the frustrations, having seen Blues not win in eight league matches, but says at the start of the season, he would’ve taken being in seventh place with 12 games to go.
While he accepts Blues have been on a bad run, he believes there’s still plenty of time to turn things around – and he’s confident his squad can do just that.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the club’s website, Blues’ boss said: “You can over analyse to a certain extent, but without doubt I have the confidence in these players to get us where we want to be this season.
“It has been tough, and it’s difficult to put your finger on one exact reason. It has been a number of things that we are all working hard to put right.
“I spoke about luck after the last game, and while we haven’t had much of it yet, I keep repeating to the players that hard work will bring you the luck.
“I see the commitment, dedication and passion of these players every single day, not just for 90 minutes out on the pitch at a weekend, and they are 100 per cent focused.
“The belief among the players is still there too. They are still confident, coming in with a smile on their faces, determined to turn this form around.
“At the start of the season, if you had offered me seventh with 12 games to go I’d have taken it for sure.
“I understand that we’re on a poor run, and when you look at Plymouth, they are a team on the up, but there’s plenty of time to turn this round and build up momentum.”
Five of Blues’ remaining games coming against teams above them in the table – and that remains the focus of Brown’s attention.
Having taken maximum points from Fleetwood, Oxford and Burton, and a point against Rochdale, Brown is confident his players can repeat that when they meet them again.
“It’s clear who the form teams are, who will be up there come the end of the season, and how teams like to play now,” he added.
“We’ve had a very good season and we’ve been in the play-offs for nearly 75 per cent of the campaign so far.
“Of course, the teams below have caught us up recently, but I’m not one to look at the teams below – I’m looking ahead and above at the teams there.
“We’ve got the likes of Burton, Fleetwood, Rochdale, Scunthorpe and Oxford still to play, and we’ve performed well against these sorts of teams so far this season.
“The challenge is there for everyone to see. They are all having good seasons and we know they are good sides, but the bottom line is, it’s about stepping over the white line and giving everything in every game between now and the end of the season.”