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Brown - Crawley Will Be A Different Test

Gaffer Previews Easter Monday Clash

1 April 2018

Town Boss Phil Brown is expecting Crawley to pose a rather unique challenge to his players on Easter Monday.

Harry Kewell's side are known for their desire to play an attractive, passing brand of football and they are often involved in high-scoring games.

Brown doesn't believe he has encountered that sort of team yet in his first three games in charge, but he also senses that it could present his side with a chance to do some real damage to their hosts.

"It is a place where they are capable of scoring goals, but they are also very, very capable of conceding goals," he said.

"They will want an open and expansive game, that's what the manager is all about but it is all about winning.

"If we win on Monday then we are back on track.

"They do play open, expansive football so there will be space and if you give my players space then I'm hoping we will hurt the opposition."

Phil Brown

"We've got to go to a tight old ground and it is a different game altogether.

"In the three games I've witnessed in Cambridge, Exeter and Morecambe, we've had more possession than the opposition, that might not be the case on Monday.

"We've got to have a game-plan and a discipline without the ball and we've got to be able to play counter-attacking football, which might help us.

"They do play open, expansive football so there will be space and if you give my players space then I'm hoping we will hurt the opposition.

"Changes and fresh legs are an option because, as you witnessed, we had a very good bench on Friday and those players are chomping at the bit."

And Brown then went on to hint that Amine Linganzi could be involved after impressing with his attitude to being left out against Morecambe.

"Amine has been devoid of football for a while and I had a conversation with him after the game on Friday," he added.

"He was disappointed that he wasn't on the bench but that's the kind disappointment I want - I want him to show that on the training ground and then force his way into my team.

"If that competition for places causes me issues then they are the nice issues you want.

"I like players who care, I like the players who wear the shirt with pride and I like the players who have a point to prove. 

"They are normally the kind of players who win you games of football."


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