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REACTION: Phil Brown reflects on Lincoln defeat

Phil Brown reacts to the Robins’ loss to Lincoln City.

11 August 2018

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After a disappointing first away trip of the season, the Gaffer spoke to the media.

On the performance:

“Did I think there was going to be a three-goal or four-goal deficit? Certainly not at half time, and certainly not at 75 minutes on the clock.

“There’s a youth to the side at the moment and a lack of cohesion – there’s a fundamental problem with the mentality. The hangover from last season is still there and I’ve got to do everything I can possibly do to get rid of it.

“To do that I’ve got to bring a couple of experienced players that can head it and kick it in this division which Lincoln do with great efficiency, and to great effect – they’re probably the best second ball or restart team in the division. They showed that today.

“You have to climb a mountain when you’re 2-0 down away at Lincoln, and we sort of scrambled up it with the penalty and then a little resurgence in the second half. You’re looking for that equaliser and I think 4-1 is harsh on the players to a certain extent but they’ve got to learn, and learn quick because this division is relentless.

“The opportunities came along early in the second half – we had three or four shots but it was just making the wrong decisions – playing the right pass at the right time.”

On mentality:

“It has to (change from) within the group – it has to be the experienced players. Work on the training ground is vitally important, but work on the mentality is needed without a shadow of a doubt. We need to start getting that mentality of keeping clean sheets.

“We were in a game of football on 75 minutes, on 85 we were out of it. It was unacceptable. You should stay in the game for as long as possible.”  

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