Date: 20th August 2015 at 6:07pm
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A mixed week of football for manager Phil Brown as we lost at the weekend to Walsall and then took a point from Doncaster last night.

Beginning with the Walsall loss, Brown told the Official Site that we couldn’t have any excuses followingt he game as he got the team selection wrong and we were uncharacteristically open in the game.

‘We were so open and it was uncharacteristic of us. The mentality wasn’t right, I got the team selection wrong and take full responsibility for that. We took risks and Walsall could have scored more than the two goals. They’re a decent side. When you go a second goal behind you do think about who can make the difference. We decided to take David Mooney off at half time to change the game up and try and come in level at half time. We were far too open and that won’t happen again.’

There were some positives from the match though and he went on to name check the performance of Jack Payne and David Worrall, but he knows we need to get a foothold in League 1 now but he wasn’t overly stressing where or when our first win might come.

‘We’re not getting desperate. We’re going to take each game as they come, and Doncaster on Wednesday night will be another tough game. However, I guarantee we’ll make It a tough game for Doncaster Rovers as well.’

Moving onto the Doncaster game, Brown was far more pleased with the showing crediting the attitude of the players but tuing a lack of a clinical edge in front of goal.

‘I think we had two teams that played a cagey game in the first half and it looked likely that one team would open it up with a set piece. The mentality improved and was much better than the game against Walsall. We need to improve in the final third and had chances. They had a late chance that Dan Bentley saved with his shoulder. I was pleased with the mentality but I want that quality in the final third. We were looking for the winner right until the end. We didn’t have that bit of quality in the final third. We had a clean sheet mentality tonight but just weren’t clinical enough.’

With Cian Bolger coming off in the game with an injury, Brown went on to say that hopefully the Irishman won’t be out for too long but it was a shoulder pop for him.

‘Cian’s shoulder popped out in the second half in a collision. We’ll have to see how it looks. I was thinking of taking a chance of playing John White at centre half and Ryan Leonard at right back. But you’d lose Lenny in central midfield which is why I went for Luke Prosser at centre half and Pross did well to help us see the game out.’


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