Phil Brown gives his thoughts on last nights 3-0 loss to Brighton...
A three-goal blitz just before the break was enough for Premier League Brighton to secure a 3-0 win against the Blues at Roots Hall last night.
Following the defeat, Phil Brown spoke to the club about the game, his views on the lush pitch and on u18s graduate Dru Yearwood who’d signed a four-year contract earlier in the day.
On the defeat to Brighton…
You never get any enjoyment out of losing games, but I always emphasise pre-season's not about results; it’s about performance, it’s about piecing the jigsaw together.
It’s about making sure the players get to the starting line fully fit and ready for action, with the confidence and belief that we can win the game against Blackburn.
Tonight, I think apart from 10-minute spell just before half time we were matching Brighton. For about 80-minutes we were more than a match.
In the second half I asked the players to try and win the second half because that 45-minute spell when fatigue hits is going to be a key factor in any of football. In the second half I thought we did enough to restore a little bit of pride.
At 3-0 at half time it looks a little bit of a dead duck and a one-sided game and, apart from a 10-minute spell just before half time, it wasn’t a one-sided game.
On the pitch…
I know players are going to complain about the pitch because it is too long, but you’re trying to protect the pitch.
There’s clumps of grass coming up left, right and centre, but I’m hoping it’ll hold out over the course of the season because we want to try and play some football.
It certainly needs to be an inch shorter if truth be known. Was that decided to slow Brighton down? No. Will it be left that length against Blackburn? No.
We want to play some football, quite simply. Both sides tried to play football in the first half then got to grips with the game.
On Dru Yearwood…
He’s got a career this kid ahead of him, especially with the players and experience that he’s got around him, I don’t think he can fail.
I’ve said all along I could play alongside Anton Ferdinand, in front of him I’m not too sure I could do that, but Dru or anybody could because of the information that Anton gives him is normally of the right level. Anton’s that experienced and he can talk players around him through the game and Dru had the benefit of that.
I brought him off because it would have been a big day for him today. He’s signed a new contract, four years which is brilliant for the football club, and emotionally he would have probably been all over the shop but he didn’t actually show that.
For 60-65 minutes he gave as good as he got. There were one or two glimpses, I’ve never know him bursting into the penalty box to score goals, but he has done in probably five out of five of the pre-season friendlies so maybe there’s a goal in the kid, even as a sitting midfield player.