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MATCH REACTION | Brown hoping players can take confidence from Brighton display

31 August 2016

Blues Boss pleased with group stage victory over Seagulls.

Phil Brown hopes to take some confidence from Tuesday night’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion into Saturday’s game at Bolton Wanderers.

Blues got off to a winning start in the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-0 win thanks to David Mooney’s first half strike and a debut goal for Harry Kyprianou.

And Brown was delighted with the performance from his team.

“We can only beat what was in front of us and we did,” he said.

“A lot of punters will be looking at that and saying it was only an under-21 team, but again you’ve still got to beat it.

“We did it with a bit of quality with the goals eventually.

“We’ve got to take that discipline and had work into the game on Saturday because we need to be bang at it against a very strong Bolton Wanderers team.”

Blues made seven changes for the game which included two debutants.

Anton Ferdinand played 65 minutes after he completed a move on Saturday along with 19-year-old Kyprianou.

“Anton showed that he’s played at a higher level with a couple of great interventions,” Brown added.

“When we were in danger down the wing and you were looking to see whether he had the pace to get there, my word he opened his legs up, put the ball in the stands, which is good defending at the end of the day, and got himself back into his shape.

“He’s got a lot of respect from his team mates already.

“He only got 60 minutes because that’s his first bit of football for a long time. We’re not out of the wood with him, so he’s got Saturday, if plays a part, and Tuesday we’ve got a game behind closed doors, so it’s an ongoing process where he needs minutes under his belt, but he started off well with 65 minutes tonight.

“Harry Kyprianou I was delighted for because he’s probably looking at a brick wall in front of him at Ben Coker and the performances of Ben of the last two or three years.

“But he’s put his case forward and he’s showed that he can play at first team level.

“He wasn’t phased by it, all be it there was only a 1,200 crowd here, but he wasn’t phased by anything going on around him and he was encouraged and nurtured through it by very good information and his team mates around him and eventually he pops up and gets himself a goal.”

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