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Brown: Quality in final third lacking

15 March 2014

Phil Brown on the 0-0 draw with Bury at Roots Hall

Phil Brown was frustrated that Blues were unable to create enough chances to beat Bury at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Blues had to settle for a point after a frustrating afternoon at Roots Hall against David Flitcroft’s side.

And Brown was disappointed that the game had never really got going, with Bury’s game plan working to good effect for much of the game.

He said: “It was frustrating for the fans and the players because it never really got going and there was very few chances.

“I know David Flitcroft very well and he said he came here with a game plan and at times they almost had six in midfield.

“We found it difficult and that’s one of our strongest areas, so we tried to get it wide and it just didn’t seem to come off for us.

“An example would be Anthony Straker’s excellent cross that no-one got on the end of, which was disappointing because it was a great ball.

“It’s tough because it’s another game without that win and we just need to keep working to get over the line.

“But we kept a clean sheet with a young defence, so that’s a positive to take from today’s game. I thought we looked very solid at the back.”

Freddy Eastwood was handed a start in the game and Blues’ boss admitted the service into the striker wasn’t good enough at times.

But he was also disappointed Eastwood couldn’t do better with a couple of chances that fell his way, adding: “Freddy deserved that start after his performance on Tuesday night.

“But we didn’t quite get the right service into him at times today because he’s a different type of player to Barry Corr.

“He had a chance early on that he couldn’t quite deal with and then shot over on the turn in the second-half, that was a good opportunity for him.

His replacement, Barry Corr, was sent off with just under ten minutes remaining for an apparent head-butt.

Brown said: “The linesman said to me ‘I think he’s gone in with his head’, and if he has said that to the referee he can’t send him off.

“Barry came on and looked lively and made a difference, so to lose him was frustrating. But I thought we didn’t step it up really until that red card and we’ve got to be on it for much longer periods in games.”

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