Blues came away from Fleetwood’s Highbury Stadium with a well-deserved 4-2 win which ended their nine-game winless run in emphatic fashion.
After the game, a delighted Phil Brown spoke to the club and gave us his views on the win, ending the long way for a win and the debut of Josh Wright.
On the win at Fleetwood…
It’s disappointing that it took a red card to, not kick-start our season, but get the result we deserved. I thought we played ever so well.
Leading up to the game, the lads were flying in training, I sensed something was coming and after two minutes we’ve staring at a performance. From the kick-off it’s back level, so when we kicked off the game it was 0-0 and within three minutes it was 1-1.
To get 3-1 up after the sending off was testimony to the way we played. Fleetwood had a game plan where they dropped off to the half-way line and allowed us to have the ball at the back, and that was before the sending off, and you’ve got to be patient in places like this.
When they went down to 10-men, we had to be even more patient. But the quality eventually told in the final third which is what I’ve been asking for for the previous seven or eight games.
Would I have taken a 4-2 before the game? Absolutely. Do I still require or demand clean-sheets? Absolutely. That’s the only thing we need to work in, is clean-sheets.
On ending the winless run…
It hadn’t even registered with me that we had won since the first game of the season, which seems an awfully long time ago, but we’ve knocked at the door on a number of occasions both home and away.
But to win 4-2 at a difficult place like Fleetwood is testimony to the work that we’ve done on the training ground and the work that the players have put in today.
These games are notoriously tight, we’ve won one, lost one and drawn six. Of late they’ve conceded eight goals in the last three games before today so there was something to work at.
We had a game plan today, it wasn’t involving going down to 10-men it was a game plan against 11 and I think the game plan was working even before the sending off.
On Josh Wright’s debut…
I thought he was excellent, I thought he was really good. It looked like he’d been out there with the same players since the first day of the season.
He came into the camp on Monday and straight away he likes the professionalism, he likes the way we train, he likes the way we approach the game and he certainly likes the shape and the way we’ve knocked the ball about today.
He’s got on the ball in the right-back areas when Jason Demetriou has gone forward, he’s pressed the ball well, he’s put his head in and is sitting there with a bloody nose.
We’ve told him to forget about ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ as a career after he’s finished football if he wants to put his head in like that.
He’s had a good debut and he’ll obviously be delighted with the fact that we’ve won the game away from home at Fleetwood.