Boss looks ahead to Rochdale...
Phil Brown has bad memories of Blues’ last game against Rochdale, but is hoping for an altogether different outcome this weekend.
Blues lost 3-0 at Spotland in October, but what followed that game was a 13-game unbeaten run.
That ended last weekend against Sheffield United, but Brown is hoping Saturday can be the start of the next run.
“30 minutes into the game I was substituting one of my strikers and pushing Anton Ferdinand into midfield,” Brown said on the game.
“They were dark days. It was a bad changing room afterwards and we all recognise that.
“We never want to go back there again and we’ve got to use that, and we did at the time to motivate us to go unbeaten for 13 games.
“There was a slight blip last week against Sheffield United but they were a very good team.
“There were moments in the game we could have gone in front and maybe won the game.
“We’re taking on one of the form teams of the division but we have no fears.
“We’ve just got to get back to that hard work and being difficult to play against and then play when we get the ball.”
Brown comes up against Keith Hill this weekend, who the Blues boss is a fan of.
“I’ve spoken many times about Keith Hill and his style of management and style of play,” he added.
“He’s very calm, he’s very casual, but his teams play football.
“But they mixed it up last week. We’ve watched them many times and had a couple of reports on them and they can play direct if they need to.
“They have a front four that is very physical, that are confident and score goals and they also have a back four that keeps clean sheets.
“They’ve got a combination at the moment that is successful and we’ve got to make sure that we’re bang at it.”
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