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Phil Brown working hard to make additions

Blues boss previews Fleetwood

11 January 2018

Blues boss Phil Brown says he’s working hard to strengthen the squad ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Fleetwood Town.

The loss of Ryan Leonard to Sheffield United this week has opened the door for a place in midfield.

Brown is also looking up front, and hopes to reinforce in both departments this month, but wants any new players to be joining a winning side.

“We’ve got six or seven irons in the fire with regards to central midfield and six or seven irons in the fire with regards to the striker to replace Nile Ranger,” said Brown. “That’s the situation I’m in.

“But at the same time there’s nothing better than a player coming into a side that is winning and going in the right direction and winning games of football.

“Hopefully we can turn that around on Saturday.”

Norman Wabo impressed for the U23s in midweek against AFC Wimbledon scoring two goals.

But Brown says his involvement is more likely to come from the bench.

“Norman’s in the squad. It’s one of them where the situation we find ourselves in it’s all hands to the pump, but it would be remiss of me to throw too many young lads into the pressure cooker situation that we’re in to rescue it.

“You never know with kids. We witnessed that with Dru Yearwood of late, Harry Kyprianou of late and if I throw Norman into the equation as well, it’s probably a little bit too much for him.

“One at a time, yes for sure. All at once, it’s a little bit unfair on them to be honest.

“It’s a moment for senior pros to step up to the plate.”

The Cod Army travel to Roots Hall in the midst of their Emirates FA Cup adventure against Leicester City, as well a Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury on Tuesday.

But Brown doesn’t expect the cup competitions to impact Uwe Rosler’s side at Roots Hall.

“They can distract you at times but sometimes they are a welcome distraction.

“Where Uwe is concerned there is no doubt in my mind he’s a meticulous kind of manager who prepares his teams for each game that comes along.

“They were at full strength at Leicester and if it was a weakened team or just eight or nine changes at Bury, but that shows you the kind of squad that he’s got.

“There’s a bit of speculation surrounding his players. There’s talk of Jordy Hiwula going back to Huddersfield, Devante Cole being transferred before the game, Amari’i Bell being transferred before the game on Saturday.

“It’s up in the air with regards to what the opposition is going to put at us, but as far as I’m concerned we’ve just got to focus on what we can put out there and cause Fleetwood problems.

“We’ve got to give our best for the shirt to try and turn the corner and stem the tide at the moment.”

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