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Cup Run "Very Important For Confidence"

7 August 2017

Phil Brown previews Carabao Cup tie...

Blues boss Phil Brown is hoping to break seven years of disappointment in the League Cup First Round against Newport County on Tuesday.

Blues take on the League Two side in the competition, which has been renamed the Carabao Cup for 2017/18, having not won in it since 2010/11 against Bristol City.

And Brown says a cup run will be great for the club.

“A good cup run is very important for confidence, important for finances and very important for the whole psychology for the season,” he said.

“Having won against the pre-season favourites for the title [at the weekend] helps us for tomorrow.

“Having the fixture switched to Roots Hall instead of heading to Newport is music to my ears, and we’ll have the supporters coming down just like on Saturday and that shows what the new prospect of the signings can bring. Hopefully one or two of them will be a part of tomorrow’s game and they’ll show up.

“To progress to the next stage of the Carabao cup, just like in any cup, is a priority, and it’s another competition and tomorrow night is all about winning.”

Blues got off the perfect start against Blackburn on Saturday, and Brown is expecting a similar level of performance.

“Our first half performance was something to behold,” he added. “You could say there was one or two outstanding Man of The Match’s but everyone was in control and knew how to deal with their situation, to stop the opposition from playing because Blackburn are a very good team.

“We must do that again tomorrow against Newport, because they offer a different type of threat.

“They have big players who are strong, their play is direct football and they work towards set pieces.

“They have one of our old players and we know what Frank [Nouble] can do upfront, so tomorrow will be a totally different type of game, certainly one that we will be well rehearsed and prepared for.”

On team news, Brown said: “We had one or two little niggles which you always get from any game of football, but I’m still going to be putting a strong team out.

“There’s one or two players that are crying out for a game and they’ll get one.”

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