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Preview: Brown looks ahead to AFC Wimbledon

25 September 2017

Phil Brown thought Josh Wright brought a similar impact to the side that Will Atkinson used to when the midfielder made his debut on Saturday.
 
The Blues boss was also delighted with the football his side played in making over 600 passes for the first time as Manager of Blues.
 
He said: “On Saturday we set our first record since I’ve been here of making over 600 passes. It’s been a challenge since I’ve been at the football club.
 
“Football seems to be going that way in terms of possession.
 
“There will be some cynical people sitting there saying they were down to 10-men for over an hour but our challenge is to keep the ball that well when we’re playing against 11-men on Tuesday night.
 
“I thought we played intelligently on Saturday, I thought we played excellent football, although I thought Fleetwood dropped off and allowed us to which was a strange thing to do when you’ve got players that can play.
 
“Josh Wright brought something to the party that I think we’ve been missing since Will Atkinson left. That was an energy level in midfield, but also the intelligence when we had the ball.
 
“It complimented Lenny, Woody and Macca and I think it’s the best midfield that played since I’ve been at the club.”
 
AFC Wimbledon visit Roots Hall on Tuesday night with Blues hoping to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
 
But Brown insists tomorrow night’s visitors pose a difficult proposition.
 
“I went to the AFC Wimbledon game on Friday night and there was a spice to the game due to the history of the two football clubs,” he said. 
 
“There was something about the game that I really enjoyed.
 
“They found themselves down 2-0 at half time, similar to what we did against Northampton, but they had opportunities to get goals at the right time before and after half time, so I would imagine Neal will be very down after the game, but if he looks back in the cold light of day, they had opportunities to get something from the game.
 
“Before that they went to Blackburn and won 1-0 and not many teams will be doing that this year, so we won’t be taking them lightly.
 
“But we’re going into the game buoyed by the fact we scored four goals against a very good defence in Fleetwood, and not just that but created numerous chances.”
 

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