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Brown: We managed to find a way through in the end

21 February 2023

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Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media on Tuesday evening after his side beat Cambridge United and picked up all three points at Highbury.

It wasn't the prettiest of performances from the Cods, but they still managed to come out on top in their home clash against Mark Bonner's men after full-backs Josh Earl and Shaun Rooney linked up with two minutes to go to score the only goal in the tie.

Here's what the gaffer had to say after the game:

On the game…

“Not the best performance overall, I think we started very sloppily in the first half. We couldn’t really get out, didn’t keep the ball up top enough and I didn’t think we had enough energy and pace in the team. We have a little change of shape, and a change of personnel as well and I thought the second-half performance was a lot better.

“The shape probably worked a little bit better against their back five, so sometimes you need the subs to come on and win you games and for us, they came on and definitely changed it.

“Josh Earl comes on, sets up a fantastic goal for Roons (Shaun Rooney). It was a great ball, was it the best game in the world, no. We were a bit slow on the ball, they gave us a lot of time on the ball but we managed to find a way through in the end.”

On the performance…

“We’ve not had a lot of luck sometimes late on in games so you just have to make sure you defend really well, you’re compact, you’re aggressive when you can be.

“For me, Promise came on and he was exceptional going forward, he’s got great legs, puts the goalie under pressure and the amount of times the goalie kicked the ball out of play just from him springing from the centre half from the goalie, that’s probably what we wanted in the first half, but we didn’t have that energy, we didn’t have that willingness and desire and that’s why we had to go and make the change.”

On the squad depth…

“We’ve got a little bit more strength in depth. We’ve got Josh [Earl] coming back, Dan Batty coming back as well. We have got that bit of strength in depth that we maybe didn’t have at the start of the season of Jayden [Stockley] and Jack [Marriott] in the squad as well. You’ve got three good strikers there.

“We’ve got Hayes coming on as a winger, Phoenix [Patterson] has had some real quality moments as well. His delivery, his willingness and his work rate as well is exceptional. He wants to make himself better every day and that’s what you want, you want people like that in the squad.”

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