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Match Reaction: Phil Brown on the Checkatrade Trophy defeat

Blues went down 2-1 to Gillingham and boss Brown gave us his reaction

30 August 2017

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Blues suffered another frustrating night at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy last night.

Speaking to the club after the game, Blues boss Phil Brown was again upset by his side’s profligacy in front of goal but was much more concerned with his side’s ever-growing injury list. 

On the performance against Gillingham…

Good performances from certain individuals, not quite there mentality-wise like I said on Saturday and it followed up again tonight. 

I can talk about good play and stuff like that, but putting the ball in the back of the net seems to be a problem for us and keeping a clean sheet seems to be a problem, and I’ve got three more injuries from today’s game. 

Performances at this moment in time are not warranting winning games because when we get the opportunity to stick the ball in the back of the net, which we had at the end to make it 2-2, we don’t. 

I harp on about stats all day long, but we’ve had more shots than the opposition, more crosses; it means nothing if we don’t stick the ball in the back of the net. 

On the growing injury list…

A lot of the times I’ve been questioned by people in the club, supporters probably about team selection – this is an absolute, unbelievable example as to why you shouldn’t play senior pros in games like this. 

Both sides put the kids out and just have a 23s-game because the workload on a small squad is too much and we end up getting Anton Ferdinand, John White and Stephen McLaughlin all injured. 

He [Anton Ferdinand] is quite adamant that it’s not as bad, I’ll just have to take whatever he’s telling me on Thursday and see if we can get him out there. Rochdale are in the same boat. 

I know managers moan all the time about the size of the squad and strength in depth, but this is a prime example of it. 

It’s quite simple, I’ve probably got an 18-19-man squad and I’ve got seven or eight in the treatment room. So, it’s not looking good for Saturday unless we can get one or two up.

On Elvis Bwomono’s debut…

It is what it is, we’ve come away from today with nothing. Did we deserve something? Yeah, I thought we did. 

Positives were quite simply the debuts of the three young players that we’ve talked about with the main one being Elvis Bwomono. 

He’s stepped up to the plate with regards to staking a claim for playing right-back on Saturday or he might even end up playing centre-back. 

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