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BROWN | "It was a hard-earned point"

4 September 2016

Blues Manager gives his reaction to the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers...

Phil Brown was pleased with his side’s grit and determination to secure a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

As the rain lashed down at the Macron Stadium the Blues made a blistering start as league debutant Harry Kyprianou rifled home on three minutes.

League leaders Bolton drew level early in the second half as Keshi Anderson bundled home, but Blues held firm to secure a share of the spoils.

And Brown, speaking after the game, was pleased with the way his side went about their business against tough opposition.

 “I was hoping for three (points) coming here with a game plan.

“Not to entertain, but just to get a result and knock them off their pedestal and knock them off the top of table.

“It’s a big challenge; everyone thought Sheffield United was a big challenge but coming to clubs like this that have been in the top flight for a number of years and to come away with a point.

“It was a hard earned point, the first half performance was really good, and the second half performance was one of dig deep and defend and get what you can from the game and that’s what we did.

“It was brilliant for Harry (Kyprianou) and brilliant for us.

“We’ve been working during the week on the right-wing-back crossing with the left-wing-back coming into the penalty box.

“You look at the work rate of the front two, in particular David Mooney today, David deserved to be on a team who got something from the game.

“The three young’uns in midfield were tireless, and then having lost the big player that we brought into the club (Ferdinand) just before deadline day and still to get something from the game is testimony to the attitude and the desire of the back-three.”

As Brown referred to, one of the negatives of yesterday’s game was seeing summer signing Anton Ferdinand leave the field of play with a tight hamstring in the first period.

Though the boss is hoping to see Ferdinand back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

“He said he tightened up, he hasn’t pulled it and hasn’t tore it, he just felt every time he was looking to extend himself it looked like he was going to pull it.

“So he needs strength and conditioning work, he needs to be in the camp a lot longer than what he has been and hopefully we can get some level of fitness into him next week and he’ll be ok for next Saturday’s game.

“But it’s early days yet, I can’t judge it.”

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