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BROWN: IT'LL BE A TOUGH TEST

31 August 2018

The Gaffer spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow's match at the County Ground against MK Dons.

Phil Brown was full of praise for his opposite number as his team look to end Paul Tisdale’s MK Dons’ unbeaten start to the League Two season.

After 13 years at Exeter City, Tisdale has had a dream start to like in Milton Keynes.

“He’s hit the ground running, there’s no doubt about it – they’re one of the form teams in the division. They’re going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. It’s a big game for us already and we’re only talking six games in to a series of 46.

“I know Paul quite well – one of my ten games in charge last season was Exeter away and I sat down with him after and talked long and hard about my five years at Southend, which I thought was a long time. For him to be at the club for 12 years, you talk about making your mark, putting your print on a club and building statues.

“If they build a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson then Paul Tisdale, in the lower divisions – to be able to compete at that level, get promotions, get cup runs, and keep the club financially stable, all of the things, producing players right up until he left, it was a massive feather in the cap for lower-league football – credit to him as a person.”

Brown was present at the Vitality Stadium for the Dons’ exit from the Carabao Cup, as they lost 3-0 to Premier League Bournemouth.

“It’ll be a tough game – Saturday’s test will be our first big test. Having watched their game on Tuesday night, I came in on Wednesday and did a back-four session because we’d get tested.

“It’ll take a gameplan, it’ll take us, as an XI, putting a shift in and the defensive mentality that MK Dons have probably got – I’d like to see a little more of that on show where we’re concerned.

“We’re getting there but we’re not quite there yet – we can definitely handle the ball, but so can MK Dons, so it will be a good game of football. It’ll be a great advert for the whole of the second division – I hope the supporters turn out to see it.

“I’d like my team to show their mentality of how to dispose of a team that’s expected to probably win the league this year.”


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