Phil Brown looks ahead to Oxford...
Phil Brown won’t be taking tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy Second Round game against Oxford United lightly.
It’s ten days since Blues last played out a 0-0 draw at Walsall, which has allowed the squad to rest and recuperate before the upcoming Christmas period.
Blues’ only defeat came in the last group game against Stevenage, following wins against Brighton & Hove Albion U21’s and Leyton Orient.
And Blues boss Brown has eyes on making another Wembley appearance in this competition and says he will be fielding a team accordingly.
“We are treating this game, as the next game, as the most important game in the season,” he said.
“It’s a competition that the further you progress, by definition you’re getting closer to Wembley.
“Players get excited by the thought process of that.
“We’ve got a home draw because of the exploits in the group stages and putting our best foot forward against Brighton and Orient.
“I’ll be putting a strong team out against Oxford because it will be necessary to, one, put a strong team out to win the game and, two, progress in the competition.”
Blues are on a current run of seven games unbeaten in the league, but lost their last two cup ties at the bingeing of November.
And Brown is pleased with the form his side are showing and the football that is also being played.
“I think the last couple of draws we’ve got against Swindon and Walsall have yielded the most passes that we’ve played in a 90 minute period since I’ve been at the football club, but we ended up not scoring a goal,” he added. “How we didn't I have no idea.
“I was happy with the way we played against Walsall and I was happy with the way we played against Swindon.
“We could have been coming into this game sitting in the Play-Offs with the chance of making another step towards Wembley.
“That’s what we’ll be trying to do.”051216