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Reaction: Brown on Checkatrade defeat to Peterborough

6 December 2017

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Blues were dumped out of the Checkatrade Trophy by Peterborough thanks to goals from Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison which secured Posh’s passage into the last-16.

Following the 2-0 defeat at the ABAX Stadium, which ended Blues’ involvement in cup competitions, Phil Brown gave us his thoughts on a disappointing night on the road.  

On the defeat to Peterborough…

I thought we came up against a very good side tonight. I thought we came up against a very good side at Roots Hall when we played Peterborough.

That was a 1-1 draw and it was a very open game, there were more goals in it than a 1-1 draw and that one point at Roots Hall might be a very positive point.

But tonight, it was a poor performance in terms of the passing of the ball, the keeping of the ball, the retention of the ball; I thought Peterborough did it better than us.

I thought they played cleverly, I thought they found their spare man better than what we did and consequently, it looks like their system works and ours didn’t.

On the changes made from Saturday…

I thought the changes that we’ve made would have been an opportunity for players who’ve not been in the team of late to grab the shirt.

It is all about results, I know that, but it’s about performances as well and not too many grabbed the shirt tonight and that includes the ones who played on Saturday.

It wasn’t just a free-for-all tonight, it wasn’t just a case of you’re on trial for the Bristol Rovers game, it was a case of I want consistency from the players.

And yes, we had a flurry of chances at the end against nine-men, but it’s too little too late for me. Great opportunities, but to come away with no goals having created that many chances and nothing from the game, it’s a bad night.

On the missed chances…

Nile [Ranger] hit the underside of the bar, Josh [Wright] has hit the post, Theo [Robinson] has probably had three great chances so I’m expecting them to do better in them situations.

I’m not blaming strikers here by any stretch of the imagination, we’ve asked for goals, we’ve asked for enough goals to win games but we also ask for clean sheets and we didn’t get either tonight.

You can go through the team and talk about individuals, but we haven’t done enough to hurt Peterborough tonight. We haven’t done enough to win the game, we haven’t done enough with the ball, all of them things will culminate in you losing games.

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