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REACTION | Brown hails character in late win

14 January 2017

Boss thrilled with three vital points...

Blues Boss Phil Brown hailed the character of his side to beat Rochdale late on.

Simon Cox's 100th career goal deep into stoppage time in the second half sealed a really important three points for Blues after Calvin Andrew cancelled out Marc-Antoine Fortune first league goal for the Club.

And Brown was delighted to see the character pay dividends.

"It was awful [to be a manager in a game like that]," he said.

"It was a good game of football and it had everything. The red came and that backed the ref into a corner and put him under a bit of pressure and then all of a sudden every challenge was getting questioned.

"Matty Lund who we had here; he’s not a dirty player by any stretch of the imagination but he must have rode his luck three or four times in the first half, let alone the first one in the second half.

"And then they substituted him within two minutes of the second half.

"It just had everything. Imagination, flair, quality. I’m disappointed for Ted that he conceded with a deflected goal but they were asking questions, and the character of the team came out today.

"It’s been there for most of the season. After the first 12 games I think the character of the team has stood up on and off the field."

Both teams ended the first half with 10 men in a lively first half - Jermaine McGlashan seeing red for Blues after Keith Keane was dismissed.

It was all before Cox's spectacular winner minutes from time, which gave Blues the win.

"I thought the first one was a great tackle," Brown added on McGlashan's two yellows. "A lot of people think wingers can’t tackle but Jermaine puts his heart and soul into it and he got the ball.

"When he took the yellow I thought he isn’t likely to get a second one, but low and behold there’s a tripping offence and it’s in the middle of the park.

"It’s a nothing challenge but it brings it to the attention of everyone. If you’re being like that then Matty Lund should have been sent off in the first half.

"But we stepped away from the controversy and started to play football.

"It’s the first time they’ve been beaten in a long time so it’s a great achievement in the run they’re having but also for us to get back to winning ways." 

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