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Brown wants Blues belief and momentum heading into Cheltenham

16 September 2014

Phil Brown believes Saturday’s win against Portsmouth has given his side renewed confidence and belief ahead of the trip to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

The Blues boss wants to carry on the momentum from the win over Pompey by picking up three more points against Cheltenham in what Brown calls ‘a big week’ for his side.

Cheltenham themselves have begun the season well but Brown is confident that his side can overcome the challenge against the Robins – who will be without top goalscoring loanee Koby Arthur following his return to parent club Birmingham City.

“On the back of a good strong performance we go to Cheltenham with renewed confidence and belief, having already got three points on the board in a week where there are nine available,” said a positive Brown. 

“It's a big game for us. It's a big week for us and it's a period, which can make or break seasons with three games in a week.

“I've watched Cheltenham a few times,” the boss admits. “I like the way Mark Yates sets his teams up and they had a striker that was on fire before he was recalled by Birmingham, which may be a blessing in disguise for us. 

“They've got players like John Marquis – who we've had conversations about in the past – and Terry Gornell, who's also been someone we've talked to over the last 18 months. They've certainly got players who can score goals.”

And Brown now says he has a selection headache ahead of Blues' trip west following impressive cameos from substitute pair Shaquile Coulthirst and David Worrall, who combined excellently for Blues' second goal against Pompey – scored by Coulthirst.

“There's a buzz about the place after Saturday and there's competition for places again. Gary (Deegan) got his first start and had a really strong game as did Jerome Williams. 

“You've got to make your own luck and those players that haven't perhaps been in the side recently have got to respond in the right way. 

“Shaquile Coulthirst and David Worrall came off the bench on Saturday to have an effect on the game, and with matches coming thick and fast, players have to keep hold of the shirt. The substitutes certainly played a part to be in my thoughts for the Cheltenham game.

“We looked as if we had that clean sheet mentality. A partnership is emerging between Thompson and Prosser and that's coming along well. 

“There have been half a dozen changes coming in and out and it's taken five or six games to really get going.”

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