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MATCH REACTION | Brown on Fleetwood defeat

27 August 2016

Blues Boss reacts to 2-0 home loss to Fleetwood Town.

Phil Brown called his side’s performance in the 2-0 home defeat to Fleetwood Town ‘lacklustre’ as the Blues remain searching for a first home win of the season.

Goals from Chris Long and second half substitute Ashley Hunter handed Uwe Rosler’s team the three points on what was a disappointing day for Blues.

“They [the fans] were right to vent their anger at the performance, at the team selection, at the tactics, everything,” said Brown.

“I hold myself fully responsible for all that.

“It was a lacklustre performance, it was one devoid of ideas, confidence, you name it. You can criticise me any way you want. They [the fans] are absolutely spot on.

“The next game is always the important one. The next training session is always the important one.

“I thought at times we knocked the ball about, but it was knocking the ball about for knocking the ball about sake.

“As I say I hold myself responsible for that.

“We’ll be drilling the boys to try and get something from the game on Tuesday night because that’s what we need to do.

Blues will now prepare to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday before a trip to Bolton in the league next Saturday.

“We are in a battle, there’s no doubt about it,” Brown added. “We haven’t started the season as well as wanted to start the season.

“We’ve got to prepare for Brighton, it’s as simple as that, to try and get the next confident performance.

“It was a shock result, you could say, on the first day of the season against Gillingham and then you look at the rest of them, Port Vale was lacklustre and we deserved to get beat.

“The one shining light was a 25 minute spell and then going a goal behind against Bristol Rovers and showing a bit of character to get back into the game.

“We huffed and puffed too much today. There wasn’t enough step up to plate and be counted type of performances.

“I said at half time, there’s no waiting for the next one to step up to the plate, you’ve got to be the man and we didn’t have enough of that today.

“It’s my responsibility to pick a team that’s going to at least go out there and compete.

“In the first half it was noticeable that Coxy couldn’t handle playing up front against two 6ft 3’ centre halves. I emphasise with that. We tried to get Jack Bridge a little bit closer to him but again you’re talking about men against boys.

“Nobody wants to win more than me. Nobody wants to win more than the players that go out there.

“Once a result comes our way we’ll start taking forward steps as a team and the next result will follow.”

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