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Brown: We have to be more ruthless in both boxes

17 August 2023

Interviews

Brown: We have to be more ruthless in both boxes

17 August 2023

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Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the press ahead of his side’s trip to face Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon and previewed the League One clash.

After a defeat against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, Town now faces a second away trip in just five days as Brown and his squad are set to take on the Rams on their home turf and will be hoping to bring back all three points for the first time this season.  

Here’s what the gaffer had to say in his pre-match interview:  

On Saturday’s opposition and what to expect…

“We’ve watched the game back from last season and have an understanding of how we played. They’ve changed up a bit since then as they’ve moved to a back three. As I always say, it’s all about us, it’s about following our game plan and if the lads switch on and follow it for 90 minutes, we do well and did that often-last season.

“We’ve started sloppy, so we need to get back up. That’s the good thing about football, there’s always another game on Saturday and we need to make sure we get our heads around it. We’re going away to Derby, which is going to be a tough game in a big stadium, and we need to make sure we turn up and defend as a unit.

“You’ve got to try and quieten the crowd, as they have a huge fanbase, so there are no excuses for us. We need to turn up and compete for the ball when we can, and when we create chances, we need to put the ball in the back of the net but also focus on the work needed at the back – we can win games 1-0.”

On needing competition for places in the squad…

“Players need competition; I think it’s important that they don’t automatically think they are going to be playing week in and week out and that they have to stay on top of their game. That’s what you want, you want it as a player and as a coach, you want to have two people in each position and we’re, hopefully, going to be lucky enough to have that before the end of the window.

“There’s going to be competition, ins, and outs but we need to make sure that we are a better defensive unit and as I’ve already said, four shots on target and we can’t be losing three goals, that’s unacceptable. We’ve had seven shots on target at the other end and have scored one, so we have to be more ruthless in both boxes as that’s where you win or lose games.

“We played some good and attractive football at times, but that doesn’t matter. The build-up play is good, but we’ve struggled in both boxes. We need to take more care and not give away sloppy passes like we did and get countered by them. We have to be leaders and that’s not just the centre halves, that’s the midfielders and everyone as well.”


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