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Brown dedicates Blackburn win to Blues fan John Stoten

5 August 2017

Phil Brown gave his reaction to the win over Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the season...

On the passing of supporter John Stoten…

The game and the three points I’d like to dedicate them to him and his family.

We got told six minutes into it that a supporter was receiving CPR and the game was going to be stopped, which me and Tony Mowbray both agreed to. Apparently the paramedics got to him and he was lifted out the back of the stadium, but unfortunately he has passed away.

I passed that information onto the players at half time and it’s the dedication and the love he’s given us in his life, and the least we can do is dedicate the win to him.

On the win against Blackburn…

It was a decent marker and it was decent first half performance. The resilience of the boys in the second half kicked in when they scored a goal, I thought we had our backs to the wall for about 10-15 minutes, but that was about it.

Against a very well drilled and decent team at this level. The Peter Whittinghams and Danny Grahams and Bradley Dacks in the team, you know you’re going to get questioned in terms of your discipline.

It’s probably the best first half performance I’ve witnessed since I’ve been at the football club, but then it tested our character in the second half and we stepped up to the plate.

On John White…

I thought it was a great team performance, but there were one of two individuals who really stood out and one of them was playing out of position and he headed everything in John White.

He looked like he played centre half all his career. I could play along Anton Ferdinand because he plays the game with his head and if you’re playing alongside him he’ll talk you through it and John got the experience of Anton and benefit of Anton alongside him.

For me, with Rob Kiernan walking into the camp on Thursday, he’s looking at that thinking I’ve joined a club that’s going places. It’s too early to make any bold comments, but today was about winning the game – that’s what I asked for and that’s what I got.

On today’s match winner, Michael Kightly…

Michael, by his own definition, would have said that he hasn’t had a brilliant pre-season but he wanted to get the to starting line-up in some semblance of fitness and he did.

He’s played three or four games pre-season, the lads are saying we’ve signed a Premier League player and you want to see that quality, and I thought we witnessed that quality today and he’s got himself the winning goal. 

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