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"I see endeavour and I see players that are wearing the shirt with pride."

4 January 2018

Blues boss Phil Brown says he is seeing the hard work required in the squad to turnaround the current form.

It’s one win in seven games in all competitions ahead of this weekend’s trip to Northampton Town, and Brown said the squad need to pull through together to get out of what is a “tight situation”.

The Blues chief said: “The difficult part of any footballer’s life is when you’re not winning.

“But I see endeavour and I see players that are wearing the shirt with pride, wanting to go out there and prove themselves are good footballers and we’re still a good side. You have to work through it.

“Today is about preparation for Northampton as will tomorrow. They’re going through a tough spell themselves, they’re down at the bottom and we have to utilise that.

“It’s a good time to catch a team at the bottom that are in bad form, but they will be looking at us and thinking the same.

“If I go through the last six or seven games, and I know we’ve only won one of them, there are situations and moments in those games that we have to put our best foot forward in front of goal and we could’ve come out with a point or three.

“That’s what we need to start believing. It is a tight situation there’s no doubt about it.

“It’s my job that we stay focussed and remain on the job in hand which is to beat Northampton on Saturday.”

Harry Phillips became the latest in a long list of youth players to be included in the matchday squad this season against AFC Wimbledon.

But Brown added that it’s the senior players that need to step up so that the youth players are integrated into a winning side.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily the most important part of this season at this moment in time but it’s nice to blood kids and bring them through the ranks into the first team.

“At the moment it’s about seniors stepping up to the plate. We had Dru Yearwood and Harry Kyprianou in the team on Monday and they came through it.

“It’s a tough time for everybody. Young lads want to go out and express themselves and show everybody what a good player they are.

“You’re in a team that’s a little bit on the back foot and it’s difficult for them to show thier best traits.

“For me it’s about the seniors stepping up to the plate and then the young lads can come through the ranks and get in the first team and play in a more pleasing environment, a more winning environment. For me it’s up to the seniors to make sure that environment changes very quickly.”

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