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Brown: Challenge is to finish as high as possible

2 May 2014

Blues' boss on the final game of the regular season against Burton Albion

Phil Brown says the challenge ahead of Saturday’s game against Burton Albion is to finish as high up the table as possible.

A win for Blues would lift them above the Brewers, due to a superior goal difference, and they’d finish fifth if York City didn’t beat Scunthorpe United.

Ahead of the game, Brown has aid it’s an opportunity for his side to once again show their top form against one of the best teams in the division.

He said: "The challenge is there for the players, and that’s to go out there on Saturday, win the game and try and come fifth, or sixth, which is higher than the position we’re in at the moment.

“I’ve looked at the games against the top six or seven teams this season and we seem to bring our best game to the table in those.

“We’ve been at the top of our game, and give a good account of ourselves against the likes of Chesterfield, Rochdale, Fleetwood and Burton, and it’s another good opportunity to do that.

“First and foremost we want to win the game on Saturday, while playing some good football, to give the supporters hope going into the play-offs.

“We put a marker down against Fleetwood Town, and that’ll be the main aim again on Saturday when Burton visit, who I’m sure will have their own game plan.”

With a potential meeting again just a couple of weeks, Brown says it’s important not to completely show your hand in this game.

He added: “It’s important we don’t give everything away to Burton Albion, but at the end of the day it’s a game of football, not a game of cards.

“If we go out there and win it 3-0 and that’s ‘showing our hand’ so to speak, then so be it.”

Blues’ boss has just one injury concern ahead of the fixture. He added: “Jacob Murphy picked up a knock to his calf in training on Tuesday and has missed a couple of days.

“Hopefully he’ll be back out training on Friday to put his name into the ring so to speak ahead of Saturday’s game with Burton.”

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