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Brown: That was schoolboy, that was Sunday League football

4 February 2023


Brown: That was schoolboy, that was Sunday League football

4 February 2023

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Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the local media after his side fell to a heart-breaking last minute defeat to Burton Albion at Highbury.

It was a rough one to take for the Cods as an injury-time goal from Charlie Kirk meant all of Town's efforts throughout the game fell on death ears as the visitors took home all three points from Highbury.

Here's what the gaffer had to say:

On the game as a whole…

“I thought it was a horrible game; they made it ugly, and they went very direct. In the first half, we didn’t deal with it too badly, but in the second half we conceded three goals in 45 minutes - I don’t think we’ve conceded all season in a game.

“We go one nil up, lose a goal within in a minute, then get back into it at 2-2, and then you lose another goal. It’s about taking responsibility and that’s on the field, that’s being organised, becoming a team, being responsible, being in shape, being disciplined and understanding the game.

“That was schoolboy, that is Sunday League football. People think that can do what they want here and that’s not happening. That won’t happen again. I just can’t get my head around it. For us going forward if we think that’s acceptable, we’ve got a long way to go.”

On the players taking responsibility on the field…

“It's down to players taking responsibility in the park; you can talk about tactics as much as you want but that becomes defend your box, leadership and understanding the time of the game.

“We have sprinted up to go and get the ball, we’ve scored to get it back to 2-2, great finish by Promise (Omochere) - we expect to go and get the ball, get the ball down and we’ve got three strikers running to go and close it down, then we’ve got a back two.

“You’ve just scored a goal, it’s a time that teams are going to come for you. They get a boost, they want to go and score the winner, they’ve got 11 men, we’ve got 10, and we’ve got three attacking players that just go and do what they want.

“That’s when we have to have game management. Game management comes throughout the whole team, understanding the situation that you’re in, and understanding the timing of it. See it out, you’d take the one point here.”

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