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MATCH REACTION | Brown praises resilient victory over Chesterfield

15 October 2016

Blues Boss on the 1-0 win over the Spireites at Roots Hall...

Phil Brown was delighted with the resilience Blues showed to come through a nervy final ten minuets and pick up three deserved points against Chesterfield.

Adam Thompson was the unlikely goal-hero, rifling home a first half strike which set Blues on the road to victory.

And Brown said the desire in his side to hold on for the points as well as the positiveness with the ball were the crucial to the win.

“Chesterfield worked hard and grafted to a system we second guessed, to tell you the truth, and we got it right in the first half.

“I thought we played some good football. With the ball I asked the players to take the hand brake off and we did.

“We created numerous opportunities that didn’t probably result in good chances.

“We got into areas where maybe just that extra pass, taking a strike a little bit earlier or anticipating a cross might have resulted in a second or a third goal.

“But at 1-0 yes it got nervy because they must have had ten or 12 corners in the last ten minutes so we asked are defenders to be resilient and they were today.”

As is always the case, keeping a clean sheet was vital and that was another major plus point for the Blues boss.

“Clean sheets are part and parcel of winning games and I’ve had numerous meetings with individuals, defenders basically, trying to get that mentality back that was part of our DNA over the last three years.

“Once we get that back, which performances like today will do, then we can go to places like Bradford and MK Dons with a bit more confidence.

“The two words or phrases, honesty and hard work, are something that I think’s been attached to my DNA since I’ve come to this club and if you sprinkle that with a little bit of quality, it’s a recipe for success.

“Nile Ranger showed a little bit of rustiness, which is to be expected.

“It was his first 75 minutes at that level and he’s expected to produce that again on Saturday. Whether he can do or not is another question.”

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