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INTERVIEW: We'll take the clean sheet and look ahead to Morecambe

James Brown on the 0-0 draw with Swindon and four cup finals

10 April 2018

Defender James Brown spoke to us shortly after full time on Saturday to give his thoughts on the 0-0 draw with Swindon.

“At this stage of the season we want wins,” he said. “You’ve got to be realistic as well, Swindon are a good team who are physical and get the ball into the box a lot, so to come away with a 0-0 isn’t a bad result.

“We know the play-offs will be difficult, we won’t shy away from that, but as long as it’s possible we won’t give up on it. We know it isn’t our form now which has been the problem, it’s been across the whole season. With the players we’ve got we think we could have been higher in the table." 

“We won’t give up on it," he insisted. "We’ll go into the last four games thinking we can get four wins. I think we’ve only lost one in ten now so we aren’t in bad form. We’ll continue to play football and see where it takes us.

“We’re still hanging in there and sometimes you’ve got to graft it out. You could say we set up quite defensively today, but we knew we had to show Swindon respect. We weren’t going to come here and play open, expansive football and dominate the ball. We’ll take the clean sheet and look ahead to the Morecambe game now."

On his relatively new role as a wing back, he told us: “You’ll have to ask the gaffer what he thinks of me as a wing back!

"It’s different, and I think everyone can see I’m a better full back, but if the gaffer asks me to play as a wing back, I’ll do it. It’s hard work, but I came here to play games and I’m just happy to be back on the pitch.

“No one is happy to be sitting on the bench and I’m no different. It’s the same as anyone going to work and being told you can’t do your job when you get there. It’s frustrating, but whatever the reasons you aren’t involved, you’ve just got to knuckle down.

"I like to moan, but first and foremost the team comes first. I had my time out of the team, rightly so as well, and it gave me time to refresh. It’s my first season of men’s football, but since I’ve been back in I feel I’ve played ok and hopefully I can keep my place." 

“The whole season has been a learning curve for me and I think it’s been important to be in and around the squad, even though I haven't been in the team on occasions," he commented. "The starting eleven and the three subs who come on get the credit on a Saturday, but we all know as a squad that everyone has a part to play.

"You’ve got to stick in and when you do get put back in you’ve got to be ready to take your chance."

On the job ahead, he said: “We’ve got four games left and we need to win all four of them.

"I think all of them are winnable games, but we’ve got to make sure we win them, and hope others slip up. As long as we can keep a spark going we’ll all be happy.

"We all believe we can do it in that dressing room and we know we have four big cup finals coming up."

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