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Match Reaction: Brown feels Blues deserved victory

16 September 2014

Phil Brown believes his side did enough to win against ten man Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening in the second of three games in a big week for Blues.

Brown's men made it two consecutive victories after Conor Clifford's second half strike won the game for Blues.

“We deserved it tonight, and although we missed a few chances, we took one and held on against a strong Cheltenham side who made it difficult for us right until the end,” Brown said.

“I thought our two centre backs were fantastic tonight. We didn't get that second goal to make it comfortable for ourselves but we saw it out well.”

Clifford made an impact after replacing the injured Ryan Leonard at half time, not only scoring the goal but also being involved in an altercation that saw Robins' midfielder Jason Taylor sent off, and Brown was in no doubt that the referee made the correct decision.

“Conor's gone to ground and it looks as if the lad's elbowed him. I can only take the integrity of my players and say that was an honest red card. 

“From my position there did look a movement of his arm. The referee was five yards away from it and I feel he's made the right decision for the red card.

“That's his second goal of the season. He's looked for a home after leaving Chelsea and he's found one now. He's had a good start to the season, lost his place and now he's got it back after an injury to Ryan Leonard. 

“Ryan's a strong boy and he's gone down with his hamstring. I'm disappointed for him but Conor's gone in there and grabbed the shirt.

And Brown wants his week to get even better as his Blues side aim to make it nine points from three games when they head to York City on Saturday.

“It was a case of adding to Saturday's tremendous win against Portsmouth. We had to grab the chance by two hands and I feel we did. They're a good bunch of young players who are playing well and that's important, but we've got to carry it onto York on Saturday.”

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