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Reaction: Brown on the draw with Rochdale

2 September 2017

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Phil Brown gave his reaction to the draw with Rochdale at Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon...

On the result…

Ten men doesn’t automatically guarantee you three points and I think when Nile Ranger came on we became one dimensional. We started pumping long balls up to him and tried to win the second balls from then.

We stopped going wide, we stopped getting the ball to Macca and McGlashan and stopped asking better questions when they went down to ten men.

You have no divine right to win the game, Rochdale were in the game.

I apologise to the supporters because I didn’t have a defence but to get a clean sheet was a paramount importance and we’ve done that.

At the other end I’m looking at players who should be putting the ball in the back of the net in certain situations.

But I’m delighted with the clean sheet, absolutely delighted, with the makeshift back four that we had.

I’ve got to take my hat off to what Lenny had to do today. He’s had a transfer window that has come and gone, and all sorts of speculation during that transfer window. I’ve asked him to go and captian the side and play out of position and he was outstanding for me.

On Elvis Bwomono’s performance…

I said to him before the game, even if Jason Demetriou wasn’t on international duty, after his performance on Tuesday night he would have warranted a start.

When you put young kids in, you wait for the bubble to burst to a certain extent.

But he’s working on adrenaline, he’s working on no thought process basically – I’m just a footballer and that’s what I’m going to show you.

That’s what he’s done in two games really. He’s been outstanding, brilliant.


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