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Town had to defend for consistent periods to earn a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Forest Green.

25 August 2018

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Christian Doidge opened the scoring after three minutes, before Michael Doughty equalised from the penalty spot seven minutes later.

Brown didn’t think his team were at their best but was pleased with the perseverance shown by his team to get a point.

“I don’t know whether for one minute it was a good performance – I don’t think it was. I’ll look at the DVD and assess our team’s performance, as always, but I thought the first 20-25 minutes they were the better team without a shadow of a doubt.

“The lads, I thought, showed a lot of resilience, a lot of character – they’re starting to defend the way I want them to defend. Balls are coming into our penalty box and I want them to put their bodies on the line and I think they did – I’ve never seen the amount of times in one game of football that two centre-halves have gone down injured.

“But I’ll probably look at this video and say hey-ho it’s a great point.

Brown was pleased with what he saw from his two central defenders.

“It’s down to putting their body on the line, simple as that. I want Olly Lancashire to do that, I want Sid Nelson to do that. There’s a little bit of claret on Sid’s face – I think he’s OK, I don’t think he’s broken his nose but that’s the sort of performance I want from a number five."

The Gaffer felt he had to make a change, tactically, 30 minutes in – reverting to the 4-3-3 that he is rolled out so far this season.

“We’ve been identified as a decent side with the ball, I want the resilience without it, but I want to maintain that quality with the ball.

“I was casting my mind back to when we were the better team for 45 minutes at our place (against FGR in the League Cup) but I thought after 30 minutes we needed to make a change to go to the 4-3-3 system we started the season off with. That rested the situation but I thought they were finding their spare man better than we were.”

Analysing the game, the Gaffer concluded that it was a relatively even affair.

“When it came down to it I was delighted to get the players in at half-time at 1-1 to talk to them – I thought it was a tactical game. It wasn’t a great performance but having said that we could have lost it, but we certainly could have won it.

“If you analyse the game in terms of possession then they probably had more but in terms of chances, we had some wonderful chances - so did they - and Lawrence (Vigouroux) was manful in goal.”


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