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MATCH PREVIEW | Brown looks at Cobblers clash

22 September 2016

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Phil Brown says the win against Millwall has given the whole team a lift going into the weekend’s game against Northampton Town.

Blues travel to the Cobblers as Brown and his side look to build-on on that Lions’ performance and firmly look forward to the rest of the season after a difficult start.

Now back to winning ways Brown is hoping for another match-winning display at Sixfields Stadium against a Northampton side who lost 3-1 to Premier League giants, Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“It was an important game last night for our sake that Northampton were playing Manchester United in a cup competition on a Wednesday.” Brown said.

“I’m sure Rob Page will have wanted free week to have a run at us as we have had with them.

“It’s about preparation, it’s about mentality and coming from the worst two weeks of my time at Southend where we have been trying to find a solution on the training ground, trying to find a winning formula and trying to find player’s games individually and collectively.

“So trying to work all that out was a really difficult couple of weeks but then when you do find that winning formula and winning team combination against one of your local rivals in Millwall and come out on top, then the week ahead then looks much better.

“It’s a lot easier place to come into, there’s a lot happier, smiling faces and it’s now about turning them happy faces into another match winning performance.”

Previously to this week’s cup fixture, newly-promoted Northampton fell to a 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield last weekend, bringing to an end an impressive 31-game unbeaten run.

On the back of that form, Brown is not taking Rob Page’s side lightly and knows they will have to bring their best game to the table again to come away with the points.

“We’re coming up against a team that had gone 31-games undefeated. I know Chris Wilder had been in charge for a long period of that but Rob Page has now taken over the mantle.

“But now all of a sudden they have got back-to-back defeats on Saturday against Chesterfield and Wednesday against Manchester United.

“I’m not going to say for one minute that we are catching them at the right time, but hopefully the freshness of the way we have dealt with our players this week will stand us in good stead and hopefully produce the same kind of performance from an energy perspective as what we did last Saturday.”

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