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Brown mulls over midfield selection

21 December 2017

With midfielders Ryan Leonard and Michael Timlin missing for Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe United, Phil Brown says Dru Yearwood will come into his thinking.

Leonard is suspended for picking up two yellow cards against Bradford, Timlin is out with ankle ligament damage and Anthony Wordsworth is touch and go having spent the majority of this week on the treatment table.

Brown admitted Blues will miss the bite of Leonard and Timlin in midfield but says it opens up the door for someone else to come in.

“I think Michael [Timlin] shows everybody what he’s got,” said Brown. “He’s a determined lad and in truth a lot of people would have come off when the actual incident happened, but Michael stayed on, got it strapped up at half time and stayed on for another 15 minutes of the second half. Most people would have limped out of that situation early on.

“Did it cause him anymore damage? Probably the answer is yes. But that determination is something that we need.

“Lenny’s commitment in terms of his work rate is again something that will be missing but maybe it’s an opportunity for one or two of the young lads to come into the fray and step up to the plate.

“We haven’t seen Elvis [Bwomono] for a while and we haven’t seen Dru Yearwood for a while, not even from the bench, so maybe it’s an opportunity for one of them.”

Scunthorpe haven’t won in four games but before then won five on the bounce.

“It’s one of them situations where the league is like that,” Brown added. “Anybody can beat anybody.

“But Scunthorpe are up there on merit, the same as Bradford last week and then it’s Charlton and Shrewsbury so we’re coming up against some tough teams who have been consistent.

“That’s all I’m after in the second half of the season; a little bit of consistency and a little slice of lady luck.”


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