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REACTION: Brown "Disgusted" With First-Half Performance

Gaffer Gives His Verdict On Newport Defeat

14 April 2018

Swindon Town Boss Phil Brown spoke to the local media in the wake of our 2-1 defeat to Newport County this afternoon.

Here are the key points from what he had to say...

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"There is a little problem in the changing room when we come up against any kind of physicality and we don't seem to have that strength of character to step up to the plate.

"I'm a coach, I do try to improve individuals but you can't change the character of somebody if they aren't prepared to head the ball, if they aren't prepared to put their body on the line and if they aren't prepared to wear the shirt with pride, then we've got a problem.

"There are an awful lot of teams now giving us respect but we haven't been stepping up to the plate, as simple as that.

"My job is to get something from the game and in the first-half we just didn't play well enough.

"In the second-half I made two substitutions in Donal McDermott and Paul Mullin and all I asked them was to run around and show some pride and some passion.

"I think the fans responded to that, the team responded to that but the first-half was a non-event.

"It was far too easy as a centre-halve to accept a style of play against you.

"If the first minute of the second-half would have been the same as the first-minute of the first-half, then it would have been a different kettle of fish but that's the mentality.

"I was disgusted with our first-half performance and I apologise to the fans, because they've wasted their money and if I could do something then I would.

"The players should do something because it was a disgraceful performance.

"We raised the bar in the second-half and showed a little something about wanting to play for Swindon Town Football Club, but it was 45-minutes too late."

ON CHANGES MADE:

"I wouldn't have taken Matty Taylor off and I wouldn't have taken Scott Twine off. The only reason I took Scott off was because he made his full debut on Tuesday and he was treading a little bit of water towards the end.

"I was in the changing room for 45-minutes, I could have gone on for three hours and if it needs to be brought out then it will be brought out."

ON THE SENDING-OFF:

"I don't even know that the second challenge was a bookable offence.

"James Dunne has gone for the ball in the second-half, their guy has gone for the ball, it has broken free and we've got a 2-on-1 with the goalkeeper and he pulls it for a free-kick.

"It beggars belief some of the decisions."


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