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MATCH PREVIEW | Brown on the competition for places and remaining focused

21 November 2016

Blues boss looks ahead to Swindon...

Blues face Swindon Town tomorrow night hot on the heels of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bradford.

It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, but one the Blues probably can’t wait to get going such will be the confidence running through the squad.

But boss Phil Brown believes the key to getting a third successive league win will be to remain grounded.

When asked if it’s a good thing the next game comes quickly, Brown said: “Only if you can get your team out.

“The English game hasn’t changed since I’ve been involved and you’re going to get Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday games where if you can bring your best game to the table then you can make a big difference to your season.

“Swindon are having a little bit of a hard time with the transition of a Director of Football but that’s there problem and not ours.

“The reason for another good performance will be if the players are focused and that’s my job today and tomorrow to make sure that’ we’re tactically aware of what Swindon can do.

“If we can stifle them as equally well as we did against Bradford then I’ll be a happy man.”

Blues are sweating on the fitness of Simon Cox and Ben Coker will definitely miss out after he limped off in the first half on Saturday.

However, it was the way players slotted in on Saturday that pleased Brown the most, which bodes well.

“I felt Saturday’s win over Bradford highlighted the competition for places in the squad,” he added.

“The challenge was there for the players to step up to the plate

“I thought that we should have won the game at Valley Parade, so I wanted the players to show me that it wasn’t a freak performance away from home.

“Sure enough I think everybody to a man stepped up to the plate, certainly when we lost Ben Coker because we didn’t have a natural left back on the bench.

“For Michael Timlin to nullify Mark Marshall was testimony to Michael’s mentality more than anything else. Just how Luke O’Neill did against Bury the week before

“It shows that people are chomping at the bit to play and that competition for places is probably the reason for the performance on Saturday.”

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