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25 August 2021

Phil Brown says his team must return the favour to the supporters on Saturday when they face Stockport County.

Well over 1,000 fans travelled up to King’s Lynn to spur the team on to a winning start last weekend.

In a superb show of support, over 3,100 season cards have been sold for the 21/22 campaign.

And ahead of their homecoming game, the first with restrictions lifted since the pandemic, Brown said his players need to put in a performance that an expectant Roots Hall faithful can get behind.

"I’ve said in my programme notes I thought the supporters won us the three points last Saturday, so we owe them.

"I’m expecting three times as much at Roots Hall, I’m expecting a decent crowd.

"You’ve always got to entertain your home fans, whether it be entertaining football or with an aggression that they’re proud of."

Brown went on to say how important home territory will be.

"Your home form is going to be what gets you towards the business end of the division and the top end.

"It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday but so is every game.

"I noticed the lad [Scott] Quigley was missing for them last weekend which could be a big plus for us. If he’s playing on Saturday then he can cause you problems, as he did do for Barrow towards the end of last season.

"There’s certain things that could go in your favour when you play Stockport but one thing that has to go in our favour is our attitude, application and mentality.

"If we get them three things right then we’ll be ok."

Will Aktinson’s availability, following his return to the club that was confirmed earlier in the week, was also a topic of discussion in the boss’ pre-match interview.

"Yes he is [in contention]," Brown confirmed.

"If Will had been in the ranks last Saturday he probably would've started against King’s Lynn. That doesn’t mean to say he’s a better player than any of those that started the game last weekend, but that midfield, before the game, I thought lacked a bit of running power, a bit of energy.

"I’m talking about the top end stuff, which Will provides.

"But having said that those three midfield players that did start did over 33 kilometres between them. If we can provide that engine room, with the same kind of energy and levels of performance on Saturday against Stockport, then I’ll be a delighted man."

One player who won't be fit is James Dunne, having also missed out against King's Lynn.

"Jimmy’s always going to be a good headache but I just want him on the training ground every day, as I do every player.

"Being the only one injured over the course of a six-week period is normally a good sign.

"The sooner we get Jimmy Dunne back the better."

Tickets for the Stockport game are available here. 

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