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Phil Brown Previews Macclesfield Test

4 August 2018

Town Boss Phil Brown can't wait to unleash his players against Macclesfield Town this afternoon.

The Reds get their 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign underway at The Energy Check County Ground later (3pm Kick-Off) against the EFL newbies.

And Brown can't wait to see his new-look team express themselves and hopefully get the new term off to a winning start.

"The players are absolutely flying, they are bouncing and I can't wait to open that changing room door to let them out on the pitch and express themselves," he said.

"We're all looking forward to it and I'm like a giddy kid at the moment - I'm just as excited as them and I want to go out there and play but, unfortunately, I've put a few pounds on so I don't think the manager will pick me!

"The way we play will be totally different to last season and I want to play in a certain way.

"My expectations are to be successful and my reasons for that are I believe in myself, first and foremost, I believe in my backroom staff and I believe in my players.

"I named the eleven on Thursday, players would have rested up and I hope they are excited for Saturday's game.

"I want to unleash them on Macclesfield and I would love to see the punters turn up in an expectant and excited mood."

And Brown went on to outline what he expects from Macclesfield this afternoon who are preparing for their first game back in the EFL.

"It is a very good challenge," he added.

"They are a newly-promoted team and I watched them last week against Stockport County and it was an education.

"I thought they were fairly well-balanced and a lot of people said they were long-ball last year but now they've gone down a different line.

"I don't subscribe to that. I think they've cut their cloth accordingly and, on their day, they pass the ball for fun.

"I'm expecting they will look at that pitch out there and they will want to play some football so, if they do, we will have a trap and a plan and if they don't we will have a plan.

"And that plan will be to defend against a giant upfront (Harry Smith) who has been at Swindon.

"They will be confident and that feel-good factor will still be with them so we have to defend against that first and foremost."


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