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PREVIEW | Brown lauds "best" strikeforce

16 February 2017

Blues Boss on the attacking options he has at his disposal

Phil Brown believes he has assembled the best strike force he’s had since arriving at the club.

The Blues chief has Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Nile Ranger, Theo Robinson, David Mooney, Frank Nouble and Jason Williams to choose from in the final third of the pitch.

Two of those, Fortune and Robinson, were on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Oxford United as Blues finished the game with a pairing consisting of the former Lincoln City striker and Ranger at the top end of the pitch – a duo Brown said would be starting at most teams in the division.

Brown said it’s a good problem to have, which also applies right through the team.

“Marc-Antoine Fortune was disappointed when he came off but on Tuesday but he had done his job,” he said.

“He had 65 minutes, scored his goal – and a great goal at that to be fair – but then Theo comes on and scores a goal.

“That keeps the pressure on Coxy, on David Mooney, on Nile Ranger and Frank Nouble. 

“It’s a lovely position to be in as a manager when you’ve got the firepower and a strike force that six or seven on any given day can, not just get one, but get hat-tricks. They can get goals.

“It’s the work rate that I’m after because the work rate then brings problems to the opposition and somebody will get the goals.

“I’m delighted with it. It’s the best I’ve ever had since I’ve been at the football club.

“That’s no disrespect to the likes of Barry Corr, Cauley Woodrow, Jamar Loza who have come and gone.

“This is by far the most potent we’ve been in the four years but it’s probably the best squad I’ve had in the four years since I’ve been here.

“The best eleven is stepping up to the plate and it’s difficult to break into the team.”

Brown wasn’t getting carried away despite Blues now looking up rather than down.

The latter was the case when Blues last played Northampton at Sixfields.

This weekend’s opponents put four goals past a fragile Blues side in September, but now promotion is the target rather than staring at a relegation battle.

“There’s plenty to admire about the team at the moment and none more so than the huddle at the end of the game,” Brown added.

“That was impromptu, it wasn’t planned. It was something I think the captain needed to do.

“Walking off that pitch against Millwall on Saturday was an eye-opener to me because it was hurting a lot of players.

“It was a collective hurt that inspired us on Tuesday night.” 

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