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Brown: The willingness to do that for 96 minutes was great to see

18 March 2023


Brown: The willingness to do that for 96 minutes was great to see

18 March 2023

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Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the local media straight after his side came out on top in their 2-0 win over Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

It was an all-around performance from the Cods in Derbyshire as they pushed themselves to the limits to bring home all three points from Pride Park thanks to first-half goals from Jayden Stockley and Carlos Mendes Gomes.

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

On the overall performance…

“The performance today was helped by the pitch, it’s a great stadium to come and play at as a lot of the pitches are more rough and ready at this point, but I thought the lads were extremely well disciplined in terms of the shape behind the ball and the fact they weren’t too eager to chase down.

“The lad’s willingness to do that for 96 minutes was great to see because I thought, overall, the performance was very good. We were calm, the back three were solid, and we didn’t really let them have too many shots at our goal – we put our bodies on the line when we needed to.

“We managed to deal with their attackers on the park as they’ve got a fantastic squad and bench so for them to bring on all their players and our lads to deal with the pressure was brilliant. They also showed their quality in driving forward as well so it was great to watch.”

On the goal scorers Stockley and Mendes Gomes…

“The goals we scored were brilliant; Jayden [Stockley]’s was exceptional and then Carlos [Mendes Gomes] wins his one-on-one as well. We always knew we were going to be under the cosh in the second half, but when the ball was there, we were calm and collected.

“It’s great for Jayden to get a goal, but for us, his overall play was exceptional, and his willingness and desire to put people under pressure was great. We know what Jayden is, he’s physical and has great technique as you’ve seen there and he’s a brilliant player to have in the dressing room.

“You could see Carlos’ quality throughout the game as well; he’s calm on the ball, brings others in, and proved that he can beat people in a one-on-one. He’s our top goal scorer this season, we’d like him to get more, but his work for both goals was frightening today.”

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